19000 MacArthur Blvd
Irvine, CA 92612
Michael Whalen founded Whalen LLP in 2005. Prior to that time, Mike was a partner of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, one of the highest-rated law firms in the United States.
Mike is an experienced corporate lawyer. He has the highest possible peer review rating (AV) by Martindel-Hubbell.
Mike has the leading practice in the United States representing selling stockholders in IPOs and other public offerings. He has represented the selling stockholders in over 100 public offerings, almost all of them involving the top investment banks.
Mike has represented MatlinPatterson, a $9 billion private equity fund, for many years, advising the fund with respect to its investments in portfolio companies in a variety of industries. He has worked on many billions of dollars in company sale and merger transactions for MatlinPatterson, including the merger of Standard Pacific Corp. and Ryland Group, Inc., the sales of XLHealth Corporation, Polymer Group, Goss International, Railworks, and KGEN Power and the signed-but-never-completed sales of chemical giant Huntsman Corporation first to Basell and then to Apollo.
Mike was a pioneer in creating the legal structure for fiber optic transactions (IRUs) that strongly influenced the development of broadband communications and the Internet.
Mike has significant experience in working with boards of directors and committees. Mike is particularly interested in designing and implementing the processes through which board members can meet their broad responsibilities while mitigating their potential for personal liability.
He has worked extensively with members of audit committees. Mike was the principal author of the chapter on audit committees in the Handbook for Corporate Officers and Directors published by RR Donnelly in 2004.
He has represented borrowers and lenders in many loan transactions and has often represented lessees under equipment leases. He is also experienced in Rule 144A convertible and high-yield debt offerings, having at various times represented the investment bank, the issuer, the equity sponsor and the indenture trustee.
Mike has been involved in numerous equity financings of start-up and emerging growth companies, at times representing the company, the venture capitalist, the strategic investor or the angel investor.
While at O'Melveny & Myers, in addition to representing his corporate clients, Mike served as the firm's lead training partner for the Transactions Department, with responsibility for the training and development of the firm's transactional associates and counsel. Mike has lectured on a broad variety of corporate topics, including M&A Agreements, Letters of Intent, Loan Agreements, Conducting Due Diligence, Representing Boards of Directors, and Implementing the Requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley.
Mike is married to his law school classmate, Shirley Zanton. They have four children. Devoted dog lovers, Mike and Shirley are actively involved in fostering dogs from kill shelters. They also provide financial support for Save Our Strays, a rescue organization which has saved the lives of over ten thousand dogs in kill shelters. Mike has completed many Ironman triathlons and running races of 100 miles or longer. He competed three times in the Badwater Ultramarathon.
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1981: cum laude
University of California, Berkeley, M.A., 1978, Mathematics
Princeton University, A.B. 1977: cum laude; University Scholar.
Admitted to practice in California, New York, Washington State and Washington, DC