Ever since she was a little girl, Michele Whitham dreamed of becoming a professor and following in her family’s footsteps. She pursued her goals at Cornell University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in teaching in education. She then joined the faculty at Cornell University for more than 10 years, but the more time she spent in academia, the more she realized that law would be a great companion to her previous education and would help her take part in the world and make a difference. Thus, she returned to Cornell as a student, and earned a Master of Science in Human Development and a JD.
Ms. Whitham is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts in Massachusetts, as well as in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Today, she has almost 30 years of experience in law and more than 25 years of alternative dispute resolution experience, which she channels into her role as the owner of Whitham Law. Her practice provides legal representation in the areas of business, energy and environment, health care law, intellectual property, international litigation and arbitration, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and development, and regulatory and government strategies.
In addition to her law experience, Ms. Whitman used her knowledge of data privacy and security law to found and co-chair Foley Hoag’s Security and Private Practice Group. There, she conducted internal investigations of alleged employee misconduct, and protects companies from internal and external threats to computer systems and proprietary information.
Ms. Whitham’s commitment to her career has resulted in receiving an AV Preeminent rating and being named a top lawyer in Boston. Her greatest career achievement was representing an individual whose Middle Eastern captors kept her as a slave. Looking to the future, she would like to shift to a mentor role within the legal community.
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