Daniel G. Whalen

Daniel Whalen

Member, Since 1986
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Areas of Practice

  • Wildfire Claims and Litigation
  • Residential and Commercial Fire Losses
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Public Utility Liability
  • Governmental Entity Liability
  • Plaintiffs in Insurance Bad Faith
  • Products Liability

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, 1986, J.D.
    — Phi Alpha Delta
  • Claremont McKenna College, 1983, B.A., Major in Political Science / Public law

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyer, 2005, 2013, 2014
  • The Recorder Top Ten Settlements for 2011

Representative Cases

  • Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc., 160 Cal. App.4th 1403 (2008)
  • McDonald v. Southern Pacific Transportation Company, 71 Cal.App. 4th 256 (1999)
  • In Re 2007 Wildfire Individual Litigation - Witch Creek/Guejito Fires and Rice Fires B37-2008-00093080 (San Diego Superior Court)
  • In Re Sayre Fire Cases BC457025 (Los Angeles Superior Court)
  • Ricketts v. Farmers Group, Inc., et al, BC 165961 (Superior Court)

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Member
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Member


A member of the firm since 1986, Daniel Whalen specializes in representing victims of wildfires, defective products and bad faith conduct by insurance companies. An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Whalen is admitted to practice before the California State and Federal Courts, as well as the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His significant published opinions include McDonald v. Southern Pacific Transportation Company regarding juror misconduct and Fogel v. Farmers Group, Inc., a Class Action involving inappropriate conduct by an insurer’s attorneys-in-fact affecting millions of policyholders across the nation. In 2011, the Fogel case was described by The Reporter as the top settlement for that year. In 2014, Mr. Whalen and the firm recovered from Southern California Edison the damages suffered by more than 200 victims in the largest loss of homes due to fire in Los Angeles history. He has, and continues to, successfully represent consumers in residential and business fire losses, insurance policyholders faced with bad faith conduct, and families who have suffered significant injuries or death due to defective vehicles and products. He has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in 2005, 2013 and 2014, with particular recognition in Los Angeles Magazine, The Recorder, Law Dragons, and the National Law Journal.