Jennifer A. Whelan

Jennifer A. Whelan Partner

P 617 670 8528 F 617 670 8728
125 High Street
Oliver Street Tower, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
125 High Street, Oliver Street Tower, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
One Citizens Plaza
Suite 620
Providence, RI 02903
One Citizens Plaza, Suite 620, Providence, RI 02903

Jennifer A. Whelan is a partner in MG+M’s Boston office. She is a proven litigator whose practice focuses on defense of asbestos, mass tort, products liability, and general liability matters. Jennifer also has experience in areas such as construction liability, premises liability, vehicle liability, medical malpractice, environmental pollution, dram shop, and consumer protection.

In addition, Jennifer serves as national coordinating counsel in asbestos litigation matters. In this role, she works closely with a variety of corporate and expert witnesses to prepare cohesive litigation defense strategies. She has also served as defendants’ liaison counsel for asbestos litigation in the state of Rhode Island.  In this role she communicated directly with all plaintiffs’ counsel, defendants’ counsel, and the justice assigned to all asbestos cases to ensure proper organization of the litigation and to address and resolve issues effectively. As defendants’ liaison counsel, she also served as defendants’ representative at all hearings, matters, and motions pertaining to the litigation.

As a result of Jennifer’s role in coordinating complex asbestos litigation, she advises companies on a variety of matters related to nationwide issues affecting the defense and resolution of such cases, including Medicare compliance issues. She is often invited to give lectures on matters related to her nationwide coordination activities, including Medicare compliance topics.

Jennifer received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts in 1995, graduating cum laude. She earned her B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1991.

Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • US District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • US District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • Suffolk University Law School, JD, cum laude, 1995
  • University of Michigan, BS, 1991


  • Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants, 2022–2023
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2012-2020


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
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Speaking Engagements

  • "Humanizing Your Company Defendant," presented as a joint presentation at the DRI Asbestos Medicine CLE seminar, November 2017.
  • “What You Must Know About Asbestos Medicine,” presented as a joint presentation at the DRI Asbestos Medicine CLE seminar, November 2015.
  • “Alternative Causation Defenses in Lung Cancer Cases,” Perrin Conferences CLE Program, Asbestos Defense Strategic Summit, November, 2014.
  • “Medicare Liens and Their Impact on Litigation,” Boston Bar Association CLE seminar, June 2014.
  • “Joint Defense Approaches to Defending Lung Cancer Claims,” panelist, A Practical Guide for Winning Lung Cancer Cases at Trial, The Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar CLE Program June 2014.
  • “The Garlock Story,” Asbestos Litigation Seminar CLE program hosted by multiple law firms, May 2014.
  • “Fact Witness Depositions – The Forgetful Witness and Interfering Parties; Objections at Plaintiff’s Deposition; Building Defenses Through Your Case,” presented as a joint presentation at the DRI Asbestos Medicine CLE seminar, November 2013.
  • “This Is Not Your Father’s Defense—Exploring Other Branches of the Military and Other Unions Besides Asbestos Workers,” DRI Asbestos Medicine CLE seminar, November 2013.
  • “Asbestos Exposure by Industrial Trades: Getting More Alternative Exposure,”  Perrin Conferences CLE Program Asbestos Defense Strategic Summit, November 2013.
  • “Trends in Mass Tort Litigation,” Eckert Seamans’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 2013.
  • “Trying an Asbestos Case – How to Get the ‘W,'” HB Litigation Conference CLE program, “Rhode Island Asbestos Litigation Update,” June 2012.
  • “Medicare – Impact on Mass Tort Litigation,” Perrin Conferences CLE program, “Cutting Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation,” March 2012.
  • “Women In Business and Litigation, ” panelist, Perrin Conferences CLE program, December 2012.
  • “Medicare – How Plaintiffs, Clients and the Government Address Recent Developments Regarding Repayment and Reporting,”  DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar CLE Program, November 2010.
  • “Medicare – Settlement of a Case,” Medicare Mandatory Reporting Requirements, HB Litigation Conference, September 2010.
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