John Randall Whaley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA

Whaley Law Firm
 | 6700 Jefferson Highway, Building 12 Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Phone: 225-302-8810
Fax: 225-302-8814
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

As the founder of the Whaley Law Firm, John Randall Whaley represents clients throughout Louisiana, as well as nationally. He focuses his practice on complex litigation, handling cases that involve class-action lawsuits and litigation with multiple issues and multiple parties. Most of Mr. Whaley's clients are businesses. Mr. Whaley also represents businesses that have lost revenue or been affected in some other way by the explosion that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico on BP Deepwater Horizon rig and its subsequent oil spill. In addition, Mr. Whaley regularly advises investors on real estate development opportunities.

In 1993, Mr. Whaley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Louisiana State University. He then attended the Paul M. Herbert Law Center at Louisiana State University, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1998. While in his final year of law school, Mr. Whaley was the winner of the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition and winner of the mock trial competition sponsored by the young lawyers section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Whaley has worked in complex business litigation, succeeding in winning settlements and verdicts for clients that are in the millions and tens of millions of dollars. He is admitted to several courts, including the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to his work in the courtroom, Mr. Whaley is the author of several articles, conducts multiple webinars, teaches continued legal education classes and speaks at numerous seminars, sharing his knowledge and experience with others.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Class Action/Mass Torts (50%): Class Actions

Civil Litigation (20%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Workers' Compensation (10%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Defense

Focus Areas

Class Actions, Personal Injury - Defense


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2020

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About John Whaley

Admitted: 1998, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:


  • Young Lawyers Section Louisiana Law Schools' Mock Trial Competition Winner, 1998
  • Flory Trial Competition Winner, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "The Media and the Administration of Justice" LSU Manship School of Communications, 1999 - Present
  • "Federal Practice" Louisiana Association of Paralegals, 2001
  • "Lawyer Advertising and Ethics" LSU Manship School of Communications, 2003
  • "Medical Malpractice and You" LSU PreMed Society, 2003
  • "Closing the Deal, Papering It, and Doing it Ethically" Louisiana State Bar Association's Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium, October 2004
  • "Recent Developments" LSBA Section on Torts, Insurance, Negligence, and Worker's Compensation Annual Meeting, Destin, Florida 2004, Moderator, Panel Presentation with Hons. G. Thomas Porteous, Richard T. Haik, and Dean Thomas Galligan
  • "Alexandria Young Lawyers Bench Bar Conference" Program Chair, 2004
  • "Handling Expert Testimony Issues Under Daubert" and associated paper, "Cheairs v. State, DOTD and Louisiana Appellate Courts' Decisions on Expert Testimony in 2004″ Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association Aspen Winter Ski Program, February 10, 2005
  • "Evaluation of a Tort Claim" St. Denis Inn of Court CLE Event February 22, 2005
  • "Dealing with Daubert" Crossroads American Inn of Court CLE Event, February 23, 2005
  • "Electronic Evidence- Getting the Evidence You Need" Crossroads American Inn of Court CLE Event, March 21, 2006
  • "Litigation Demographics – Claims, Remedies, Venues, and MDL Issues" Harris Martin Contact Lens Solution Litigation Conference, July 26, 2006
  • "Electronic Evidence & New Discovery Rules: Are You Ready for 2007?" LTLA and SeminarWeb Live!, September 20, 2006
  • "Pre-Certification Communication With Putative Class Members: Issues Associated With When, How, and If Contact Can Be Made" Louisiana State Bar Association's 6th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium, October 20, 2006
  • "Gathering Digital Data" Louisiana Association for Justice Last Chance Review of Louisiana Law CLE, December 15, 2006
  • "Ethical Issues and The Practice of Law" Louisiana Association for Justice2006 CLE à la Carte, December 29, 2006
  • "Preservation and Spoliation of Electronic Evidence" Louisiana Association for Justice, One More Chance CLE, January 25, 2007
  • "Professionalism – Does It Pay?" Louisiana Association for Justice, Valuable Litigation Insights, May 18, 2007
  • "What Constitutes Appropriate Class Action Notice and Why You Should Care… Due Process, Costs and Practical Efficacy" Louisiana State Bar Association's 7th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium, New Orleans, LA, October 19, 2007
  • "Professionalism in Today's World" Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project's Last Roundup CLE, December 7, 2007
  • "The Implications of CAFA on Class Actions" Louisiana State Bar Association 19TH Annual Summer School Revisited Seminar, December 14, 2007
  • "Why Should A PI Lawyer Care About Class Actions?" Louisiana Association of Justice CLE Highlights of 2008, January 24, 2008
  • "Does Daubert Apply to Class Certification?" AAJ Annual Convention, July 12, 2008
  • "Trial Plans and the Increasing Role, Function and Application of Bellwether Trials" LSBA ClassAction/Mass Tort Symposium, October 17, 2008
  • "Mass Food Borne Illness Torts: Procedural – Class Action vs. Individual Causation" LSBA Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium, October 16, 2009
  • "Daubert Motions in Class Certification Proceedings, Strategies for Plaintiffs and Defendants Post In re Hydrogen Peroxide" Strafford CLE, November 17, 2009
  • "Daubert: Practical Applications" Last Chance Seminar Review of Louisiana Law, December 10-11, 2009
  • Moderator, Louisiana Association for Justice CLE a la Carte, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 30, 2009
  • "Lone Pine Orders in Class Action, Mass Tort and Products Liability Litigation: Bringing and Defending Pre-Trial Motions Regarding Exposure, Causation and Damages," Strafford CLE, February 18, 2010
  • "Of MDLs, Class Actions, and Bellwethers: Where Will the Toyota Litigation Be Transferred and How Will it Be Litigated? " Harris Martin Symposium, March 24, 2010
  • "Bellwether Trials: Evolving Trends in Class Action and Complex Litigation, Strategic Use of Bellwethers by Plaintiffs and Defendants," Strafford CLE, March 25, 2010
  • "Attorney General and Other Governmental Actions," Louisiana State Bar Association Gulf Coast Oil Spill Symposium, May 25, 2010
  • "A Plaintiff Attorney's Guide to Daubert & Frye" TrialSmith CLE, June 8, 2010
  • "MDL Status," Harris Martin's Oil Spill Litigation Conference, June 23, 2010
  • Moderator for Harris Martin's Oil Spill Litigation Conference, June 23, 2010
  • "The Federal Pleading Standard: Notice A Difference?" American Association for Justice Heart Device Litigation Group Annual Meeting, July 10, 2010
  • "Foodborne Illness: Ten Critical Questions" American Association for Justice Litigation at Sunrise, July 12, 2010
  • Moderator at the American Association for Justice Gulf Coast Oil Spill Litigation Group Seminar, Vancouver, Canada, July 14, 2010
  • "Recent Case Law Review in E-Discovery- Pension Committee and Rimkus" Louisiana State Bar Association Electronic Evidence Seminar, September 10, 2010
  • "Gulf Oil Spill Governmental Claims; What's Recoverable, Who Pays and Who Can Bring the Claims" Louisiana State Bar Association Admiralty Symposium, September 24, 2010
  • "Daubert Motions in Class Certification Proceedings: Strategies for Plaintiffs and Defendants Amid Differing Circuit Court Standards" Strafford CLE, October 14, 2010
  • Moderator, Baton Rouge Bar Association Class Action Seminar, November 4, 2010
  • "Class Action Update" Baton Rouge Bar Association CLE By The Hour, December 29, 2010
  • "Class Action Review" Louisiana Association for Justice Last Chance CLE, December 30, 2010
  • "Multi-Forum Litigation: Strategic Considerations; Leveraging MDL, State Mass Action Coordination, and Other Tactics to Meet Litigation Goals" Strafford CLE, February 24, 2011
  • "Daubert Motions in Class Certification Proceedings: Strategies for Plaintiffs and Defendants Using or Challenging Expert Testimony at the Certification Stage" Strafford CLE, June 21, 2011
  • "Professional Orientation" LSU Law School, August 8, 2011
  • "Personal Injury Claims & the Medicare Secondary Payer Act" Strafford Webinar, September 28, 2011
  • Class Action Review – State and Federal" Louisiana Association for Justice Last Chance CLE (New Orleans), December 29, 2011
  • "Class Action Review – State and Federal" Louisiana Association for Justice Last Chance CLE (Baton Rouge), December 30, 2011
  • "Class Actions – A Year in Review" Baton Rouge Bar Association CLE By The Hour, December 30, 2011
  • "Teenagers and Safe Driving" Assumption High School Safe Driving Week, April 20, 2012
  • "Daubert Motions in Class Certification After Dukes: Using or Challenging Expert Testimony Amid Divergent Court Standards" Strafford Webinar, May 1, 2012
  • "Professional Orientation" LSU Law School, August 10, 2012
  • "Ethics – What We Need To Know" Louisiana Association for Justice ala carte CLE (New Orleans) December 28, 2012
  • "Ethics – What We Need To Know" Louisiana Association for Justice ala carte CLE (Baton Rouge) December 27, 2012
  • "Leveraging Daubert Motions in Class Certification" Strafford Webinar, May 29, 2013
  • "Class Action Settlement of Future Claims" Louisiana Advocates, December 2004
  • "Daubert Lite: Daubert's Role, If Any, at Class Certification Hearings" Louisiana Bar Journal, Volume 52, Number 5
  • "Using Conflicts Principles to Obtain Punitive Damages in Louisiana Courts" Louisiana Advocates, May 2005
  • "Gathering Digital Evidence" TRIAL, October 2005
  • "Knowledge is Power: A Practical Proposal to Protect Putative Class Members from Improper Pre-Certification Communication" Federal Courts Law Review, 2006 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 2
  • "Brill v. Countrywide Homes: Burden of Proof in Remand Proceedings for Class Actions Removed Under CAFA" The Federal Lawyer, May 2006
  • "The (Un)Availability of Act of God and Force Majeure Affirmative Defenses After Rita, Katrina" Louisiana Advocates, June 2006
  • "Pre-Certification Discovery: A User's Guide" Tulane Law Review, 80 TLNLR 1827
  • "Hanks v. Entergy Corp.: The Supreme Court Provides Some Clarity But Leaves A Big Question Unanswered" Louisiana Advocates, February 2007
  • "The Duty to Find a Knowledgeable Corporate Designee – Or to Educate One" Louisiana Bar Journal, Volume 55, Number 3
  • "Settlement Strategies for Complex Global Litigation" TRIAL, December 2007
  • Book review, The Science of Settlement, TRIAL, November 2008
  • "Right To Jury Trial In Louisiana Class Actions" Louisiana Advocates, January 2009
  • "Will Daubert Challenge Your Class Certification" TRIAL, July 2009
  • "Multidistrict Litigation and Bellwether Trials: Leading Litigants to Resolution in Complex Litigation" The Brief, Fall 2009, 39:1
  • "Food-borne Illness Litigation: Critical Questions" Louisiana Advocates, March 2010
  • "Class Action Law To Be (Re) Shaped by Three Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions" Louisiana Advocates, March 2011
  • "AT&T v. Conception – A Blow to Consumer Rights" Louisiana Advocates, June 2011
  • "Dukes v. Wal-Mart: Another Adverse Decision For Class Actions" Louisiana Advocates, August 2011
  • "Agricultural Biotechnology: U.S. Supreme Court Rejects 'Blame-The-Bean' Defense" Louisiana Advocates, July, 2013
  • "Damasco v. Clearwire – Another Trap for the Unwary?" Louisiana Advocates, January 2012
  • "Supreme Court Relies On Earlier Cases To Further Limit Recoveries" Louisiana Advocates, August, 2013


  • Over $50 million in vericts and settlements.

Representative Clients:

  • Crutchfield v. Landry, 778 So. 2d 1249 (Insurance Coverage Question Regarding Choice of Law Issues. Position advanced was ultimately accepted by the Louisiana Supreme Court in Champagne v. Ward, 893 So.2d. 773)
  • In re: Complaint of River City Towing Services, Inc., 199 F.Supp.2d. 495 (Class Action Plaintiffs' Motion to Dismiss Defendant's Declaratory Judgment granted)
  • Mac Hatten v. Schwerman Trucking, 889 So.2d. 448 (Venue Issue Surrounding Toxic Release)
  • Johnson v. Ned, 2001 WL 1161270 (Insurance Coverage Issue in Sexual Molestation Case)
  • Marlon Simmons v. CTL Distribution, Inc., 868 So. 2d 918 (Wrongful Death and Survival Action Following Overturning of Molten Sulfur Truck)
  • Marsh v. USAgencies Casualty Insurance Company, 957 So.2d 901 (Certification of Insurance Class Action)
  • OpelousasTrust Authority v. Cleco Corporation, __So.2d __ (Jurisdictional Issue Regarding Class Action on behalf of Consumers)

Educational Background:

  • Louisiana State University, B.A. in History and Political Science, 1993

Industry Groups

  • Health Insurance
  • Oil
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Office Location for John Randall Whaley

6700 Jefferson Highway
Building 12 Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Phone: 225-302-8810

Fax: 225-302-8814

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Last Updated: 8/12/2019

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