John Whelan, Partner - A&L Goodbody

John Whelan

John Whelan is a Partner and leads the International Technology Practice at A&L Goodbody.


John advises clients in both the private and public sectors on commercial, regulatory and contentious matters with a particular focus on commercial, technology, data, contract and IP matters. John advises tech and pharma companies establishing operations in Ireland. Before returning to A&L Goodbody as a Partner in 2003, John worked with the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Hong Kong. Now permanently based in Dublin, he established and headed up A&L Goodbody’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices from 2013 to 2016. 

Market Recommendations

  • "Responsive, thoughtful and easy to work with...significant experience across all areas of technology and tech-related transactions." (Chambers Europe 2017)
  • "He gives me the guidance I need and never accepts that anything is the standard, which gives me the confidence to negotiate a good deal." (Chambers Europe 2016)
  • "Has a strong understanding of multinational organisations establishing a presence in Ireland." (Chambers Europe 2015)
  • "John is second-to-none…he takes a holistic and pragmatic approach…is incredibly clear-minded." (Legal 500 2015)


  • BCL, University College Dublin, 1991
  • LLM, University College Dublin, 1992
  • Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 1996
  • Solicitor, Law Society of England and Wales, 1998

Professional activities

John has spoken at conferences in Dublin, London, Berlin, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, California and New York (at the IDA's North American Conference), and on the UK’s Legal Television Network. He has a Masters of Commercial Law (LLM) from University College Dublin and lectures on the Law Society law school diploma course on the topic of Commercial Contracts. He advises governmental bodies on various policy issues and was a member of the Irish Government's International Content Services Centre taskforce and the International Traded Services sub-committee of the Government's Enterprise Strategy Group. John is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

John Whelan

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John Whelan is second-to-none…he takes a holistic and pragmatic approach…is incredibly clear-minded

(Legal 500 2015)