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An accomplished trial lawyer with over twenty-five years’ experience, Chris Whelan maintains a broad based litigation practice in Virginia state and federal courts. Chris primarily focuses on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, commercial litigation, real estate litigation and estate/fiduciary litigation. He also handles serious felony cases. Chris is known for his meticulous attention to detail, thorough case preparation and outstanding execution in the courtroom. Chris approaches every case as if it will be tried to verdict, but recognizes that in many cases, the client’s best interest is served by a negotiated settlement. Regardless of the size or type of case, Chris strongly believes that thorough preparation inevitably leads to the best outcome. In the words of John Wooden: “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
Chris is a native of Northern Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia after studying foreign affairs and philosophy. He obtained his J.D. degree at Antonin Scalia Law School where he developed a keen interest in trial work. Following law school, Chris served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army. He was appointed trial defense counsel and won several complete acquittals early in his career. He was later promoted to appellate defense counsel and handled scores of criminal appeals. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Parachutist Badge. Chris came to Fauquier County in 1996 and joined the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, where he tried numerous felony jury trials, including a first degree murder case resulting in a life sentence. Chris continued his service as a JAG attorney in the Virginia Army National Guard on a part-time basis until 2001. He entered private practice in 1999.
Chris is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He served as President of the Fauquier Bar Association in 2004. In his spare time, Chris enjoys landscape photography, playing guitar and maintaining his old school midrange game.