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Edward M. Whelan
Ed Whelan is an attorney licensed in South Carolina and Florida, and he is board-certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, and has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” for 13 years running.
Ed’s practice focuses on construction related issues, including state and federal procurement. Through his practice, Ed advises clients, from large corporations to individual homeowners, in avoiding construction disputes, including drafting and reviewing construction contracts and assisting clients with licensing issues. He also has extensive knowledge and experience in trial, mediation, arbitration, landlord and tenant issues, and a wide variety of construction claims including lien disputes, and performance and payment bond claims.
Ed earned his undergraduate degree in construction management from the University of Maryland. Prior to law school, he worked as an estimator and project manager for several mechanical contractors in the Washington, D.C. area. He earned his J.D. at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, and was a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif. Ed was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1995 and The Florida Bar in 1999. He is board certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar and is a member of the Florida Bar Construction Law Certification Committee. Whelan is the co-author of several published works on construction litigation including the Florida Chapter, State-by-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims; Owner’s Implied Warranty of Adequacy of the Plans and Specifications (Spearin Warranty): A Primer on its Application and Limitations; the South Carolina Chapter, The Design/Build Process: A Guide to Licensing and Procurement Requirements in the 50 States and Canada; and the South Carolina Chapter, State-by- State Guide to Architect, Engineer and Contractor Licensing.
University of South Carolina, J.D., cum laude, 1995
University of Maryland, B.S., 1988
Board Certified in Construction Law by The Florida Bar, 1999 to present
Florida Super Lawyers, 2009 to present
AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®,
The Best Lawyers in America, Jacksonville Litigation – Construction Lawyer of the Year, 2014
The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law and Construction Litigation, 2008-2023
The Florida Bar – Construction Law Certification Committee, member 2005-2009
Florida Chapter, State-by-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims (Aspen Publishers 2006), Co-author
Owner’s Implied Warranty of Adequacy of the Plans and Specifications (Spearin Warranty): A Primer on its Application and Limitations, Construction Law Update 2005 (Aspen Publishers), Co-author
South Carolina chapter, State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing (Aspen 1999), Co-author
South Carolina chapter, The Design/Build Process: A Guide to Licensing and Procurement Requirements in the 50 States and Canada (ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, 1997), Co-author
Adjunct Professor, University of North Florida
Construction Contracts and Documents BCN 4708, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, Fall 2018, 2019; Spring 2023
Construction Law BCN 6748, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, Fall 2018
Memberships, Sections, & Courts
The Florida Bar
Jacksonville Bar Association
American Arbitration Association
The Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of The Florida Bar
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
Past Member of The Florida Bar Standing Committee for Construction Law Certification
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