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Biography of Justice Thomas F. Whelan

JUSTICE THOMAS F. WHELAN was elected to the New York State Supreme Court for the Tenth Judicial District (Nassau and Suffolk Counties) in November 2000. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Brooklyn Law School.

Justice Whelan started his career in law as a law clerk to Suffolk County Court Judge Harvey Sherman and as a law clerk to NYS Supreme Court Justice Alfred Lama. His career included public service and the private sector experience as the Town Attorney for the Town of Babylon and more than 9 years in private practice in a law firm that concentrated in environmental law, zoning, and commercial matters. He was also the Principal Court Attorney for the Suffolk County Supreme Court Law Department.

Since his election to the bench, Justice Whelan has served in the general civil part, concentrating on medical malpractice jury trials and spent more than two years in Suffolk County's dedicated matrimonial part. Justice Whelan has been a frequent lecturer for the New York State and Suffolk County Bar Associations regarding various aspects of the law and has published articles in the Suffolk Lawyer, the publication of the Bar Association. On two occasions, he has received an Award of Recognition from the Suffolk County Bar Association and he continues to devote time as a Judge in mock trials for high schools and Touro Law School.

Further, Justice Whelan, who is married with two children, is an active member of the Wading River Volunteer Fire Department and an EMT for the Fire Department.