About Jeanmarie Whalen

Ms. Whalen is an experienced civil trial lawyer and a leader in trucking litigation.  She has first chaired many complex trials and obtained over 35 multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for her clients. She is Past Chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group and was the second woman in the history of the organization to lead this prestigious group of attorneys who handle complex and catastrophic cases arising from trucking accidents.

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2018-2023)
    • Palm Beach Gardens, FL
      • Personal Injury Litigation– Plaintiffs
  • FJA Compassionate Gladiatrix Award (2021)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers (2019-2022)
  • Palm Beach Illustrated “Top Lawyer” (2018-2022)
  • American Association for Justice
    • Distinguished Service Award (2020)
  • FAWL Leaders in the Law (2020)
  • FJA EAGLE Legend Award (2019)
  • FJA Cornerstone Award (2019)
  • Justice Barbara Pariente Award (2017)
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The National Trial Lawyers
    • Trucking Trial Lawyers Association Top 10
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2016-2022)
  • South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyer” (2012-2022)
  • Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents Award (1997, 1998 & 2000)
  • American Association for Justice
    • Board of Governors (2011 – Present)
    • Co-Chair, Election Committee (2016-2018)
    • Chair, Trucking Litigation Group (2019-2020)
    • Chair-Elect, Trucking Litigation Group (2018-2019)
    • Vice Chair, Trucking Litigation Group (2017-2018)
    • Secretary, Trucking Litigation Group (2016-2017)
    • Executive Board, Trucking Litigation Group (2013 – Present)
    • Treasurer, Bus Litigation Group (2018-2019)
    • Secretary, Bus Litigation Group (2017-2018)
    • Member, Public Affairs Committee (2017-2019)
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
    • Distinguished Fellow
  • Florida Bar
    • Chair, Grievance Committee – 15th Judicial Circuit
    • Member  – 15th Judicial Circuit
  • Florida Justice Association
    • Board of Governors  (2011 – Present)
    • EAGLE Member
    • Chair, Women’s Caucus (1996-1997)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers ( Martin County Chapter)
  • Martin County Bar Association
  • National Association of Female Executives
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • National Women’s Political Caucus
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (Statewide)
    • Mattie Belle Davis Society
    • President (1999-2000)
    • Board of Directors (1996-2000)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers ( Palm Beach County Chapter)
    • President (1996-1998)
    • Board of Directors (1994-1996)
  • Lecturer: “Strategies for Mediation and Resolving Your Cases,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention (2022)
  • Moderator: “Medicaid Liens: How We Got to Gallardo v. Marstiller and Where Do We Go from Here?” American Association for Justice Webinar (2022)
  • Lecturer: “Winning Truck Crash Cases” Florida Justice Association (2022)
  • Lecturer: “Difference Between a Successful Mediation vs. a Non-Successful Mediation,” American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Webinar (2020)
  • Lecturer: “Tactics to Use in Virtual Mediation & Settlement,” AAJ Amped Up (2020)
  • Lecturer: “Critical Depositions in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Case—Getting the Documents, People, and Admissions Needed,” AAJ Amped Up (2020)
  • Lecturer: “The Power of Persuasion: Mediation and Negotiation Techniques to Elevate Your Practice,” Mississippi Association for Justice (2020)
  • Moderator: “Stay Ahead of The Curve-Trucking and Auto Cases.” (2020)
  • Moderator: American Association for Justice Jazz Fest Webcast (2020)
  • Moderator: American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group Members Only (2019)
  • Lecturer: “Transportation Network Companies: Forging a New Path Through Technology,” American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group Members Only (2019)
  • Moderator: “Specialized Depositions College on Trucking,” American Association for Justice (2019)
  • Lecturer: “Taking Your Seat at the Leadership Table and Expanding that Table to Include More Women: How to Demand More Complex Work, Interaction with Decision Makers and How to Promote Yourself,” Alliance of Women Trial Lawyers Annual Conference (2019).
  • Lecturer: “Navigating the Trucking Case,” Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL), Martin County Chapter (2019)
  • Moderator: “Know Your Worth: How to ask for a Raise, Negotiate a Salary and Compete for Work,” Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL), Palm Beach County Chapter (2019)
  • Lecturer: “Using Rules to Maximize Damages in the Bus Crash Cases,” AAJ Trucking Litigation Members Only Seminar (2018)
  • Panelist: “Women Trial Lawyers,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Sidebar Series (2018)
  • Lecturer:  “Mediation and Negotiation Strategy in Truck Cases,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention(2018)
  • Lecturer:  “Rules of the Road in Big Truck Cases,” Kentucky Justice Association (2018)
  • Program Co-Chair “Proving Damages to get the Big Verdict,” AAJ Trucking Litigation Members Only Seminar (2017)
  • Lecturer: “Pre-Mediation Preparation,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention (2017)
  • Lecturer: “Deposing and Cross-Examining the Truck Driver in the Parked/Stopped/Slowed Truck Case,” AAJ Advanced Trial Advocacy College (2015)
  • Lecturer: “Navigating the Trucking Case,” Florida Justice Association (2015)
  • Lecturer: “Using Experts in your Trucking Case,” New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Seminar (2015)
  • Lecturer: “Preparing the Truck Crash Case For Trial,” Florida Justice Association (2014)
  • Lecturer: “Experts: Using Rules To Prove The Tractor Trailer Crash Case,” AAJ Trucking Litigation Seminar (2014)
  • Lecturer: “Transportation Litigation,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention (2013)
  • Co-Chair, “Hell on the Highways Seminar,” Florida Justice Association (2013)
  • Lecturer: “Debunking the Defense Trucking Expert’s Theories,” Florida Justice Association (2012)
  • Lecturer: “Conspicuity, Experts & Lighting Up the Reptile,” American Association for Justice (2012)
  • Lecturer: “Mediation to the Max,” National Trial Lawyers Association (2012)
  • Lecturer: “How to Move an Offer from Good to Great,” 360 Advocacy (2012)
  • Lecturer: “Mediation in the New Millennium,” American Association for Justice (2012)
  • Lecturer: “Debunking the Defendant’s Trucking Expert’s Theories,” Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar (2011)
  • “The Mighty Trucking Case,” Trial, February 2011
  • Illuminate Damages with a Video Settlement Brochure,” Trial, April 2012
  • “How to Mess Up Your Mediation,” Trial Magazine, August 2021
  • Executive Cabinet, American Heart Association Go Red for Women Campaign
  • Board of Directors: Palm Beach County Cultural Council
  • Board of Directors: Center for Family Services

“Recently my wife and I were involved in a serious motorcycle accident. We retained Jeanmarie Whalen from Domnick Cunningham and Whalen. Upon meeting Jeanmarie,we quickly realized how knowledgeable courteous and friendly she is . We received calls from her 2-3 times a week to check on our well being and making sure to answer our questions during this difficult time. She was truly a blessing. Jeanmarie remained vigilant and maximized the take home of our settlement. She and her staff handled our case in a very caring and professional manner. We will be forever grateful,and would highly recommend this law firm. ”

  • Frank A.

The Legal Journey

Ms. Whalen has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available from the nation’s oldest guide to the legal profession, for her legal ability and ethical standards.  She has consistently been selected by The Best Lawyers in America in the field of personal injury, LawDragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, Florida “Super Lawyers” and as a “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide. She is also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Justice Barbara Pariente Award which recognizes innovative women in law who demonstrate a commitment to promoting women in the legal community.

Ms. Whalen is admitted to the Florida Bar, the New York Bar, and the Connecticut Bar. In addition to her successful law practice, she has held several esteemed leadership roles. She currently holds positions in both statewide and national trial lawyer organizations, serving on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Florida Justice Association.

She is a past President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), Florida’s statewide women’s bar association. She has also served as a two-term President of the Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL and was selected as a 2020 Leader in the Law.  Ms. Whalen is a past Chair and Co-Founder of the Florida Justice Association Women’s Caucus and a past Chair of the Florida Bar Convention. Additionally, she has served as an appointed member to the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, which included service as its’ Chairperson. In 2017 and 2018, she was nominated for the Women in Leadership Award in the Private Sector category by the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. The annual awards ceremony honors women who demonstrate excellence in their chosen professions or who have made a significant difference in Palm Beach County through their volunteer work.

Ms. Whalen is a frequent lecturer sharing her knowledge and expertise with trial lawyers throughout the country. She has also been active in establishing a number of seminars and popular legal education programs designed specifically for women lawyers. She has also authored numerous articles in national and international legal publications.

Ms. Whalen’s other professional associations include the Palm Beach County Justice Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the National Women’s Political Caucus and the National Association of Female Executives.  Ms. Whalen received her Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law and her undergraduate degree from The Catholic University of America.

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