Michael Whellan represents clients before city and county governmental entities in land-use and business matters. He also represents local and national clients in a variety of disputes, including those involving trade secrets, contracts, misrepresentations, real estate, and fraud.
- Rezoned 31-acre Austin Oaks’ site at MoPac and Spicewood Springs Rd. to allow for the redevelopment of a mixed-use project.
- Rezoned properties at S. 1st and W. Riverside, and at Gibson and S. Lamar to allow dense multifamily development in the urban core.
- Worked with neighborhood association and neighborhood plan contact team to obtain rezoning of property for a branch bank.
- Assisted clients in obtaining policy changes before City Commissions and City Council.
- Represented land owners in various litigation matters concerning easements, contracts, leases, and city code interpretation.
- Sued property owner to seek declaration of rights and obligations under commercial lease with development restrictions.
- Enjoined former employees from using confidential business information in violation of employment agreements and state law.
- Defended environmental consulting firm against allegations of professional negligence.
- Defended suit by former employee and stakeholder over rights related to his interest in a major entertainment franchise and venue.
- Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) – Member, 2010 – present
- Anti-Defamation League – Board of Directors, 2015 – present
- The University of Texas, College of Pharmacy, UTech Dorm Room, Drug Dynamics Institute, Steering Committee 2012 – present
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Travis County – President 1999-2000; Board of Directors, 1994-2001
- Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas – President, 2000-2001; Board of Directors, 1997-2004; Volunteer Attorney
- Travis County Dispute Resolution Center – Board of Directors, 1995-1999; Advisory Board, 1999-present; Volunteer Mediator
- Leadership Austin, Class of 1996-1997
- Jewish Community Association of Austin – Board of Directors, 2003- 2005
- Austin Bar Association (Co-Chair Annual Bench Bar Conference, 2010 – 2013; Co-Chair, Land Development Seminar, Real Estate Section, 2000- 2006; Chair, Settlement Week Committee, 1995-1996; Co-Chair, Family Law Task Force, 1993-1995; Settlement Week Volunteer Mediator, 1992- 2001; ADR Section; Civil Litigation Section)
- State Bar of Texas (Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Secretary, 1996-1998, Treasurer, 1998-1999)
Publications And Presentations
- Author/Speaker, Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies, 18th Annual Land Development Seminar, October 29, 2010
- Co-Author, Tips for Dealing with Local Governments, State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Course – Summer, 2007
- Co-Author, What Attorneys Want From Mediators, The Texas Mediator – Fall, 2002
- Author/Speaker, Expert Liability in Real Estate Matters: What to Consider When Things Go Wrong, Eminent Domain – CLE International, Dallas, Texas June 14-15, 2001