Ryan Whelan

Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP & FOUNDER OF THE ABERDEEN LAW PROJECT

Mr Ryan Whelan founded The Aberdeen Law Project in 2009 and was our Student Director between 2009 and 2011. He graduated with an LLB (Hons) from The University of Aberdeen in 2009, receiving the Cruickshank Prize for graduating top of his year with First Class Honours.

Having served as President of the Law Society in his senior honours year, Mr Whelan was awarded the Edmond Prize in Law (2008) and was the first law student to be recognised with the prestigious Quincentenerian Award (2010). He has been further honoured for his work in founding ALP with an award from the Attorney General. Mr Whelan was also selected by The Bank of Scotland to run with the Olympic Flame ahead of the London Games in 2012.

As a student, Mr Whelan advised and represented numerous clients, including the family of Claire Morris. He also visited law clinics in the USA (including NYU and George Washington), spoke at conferences on pro bono work, wrote articles on ALP and co-founded The Scottish University Law Clinic Network.

Mr Whelan is currently an Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, specialising in litigation, international arbitration and white collar crime. He was elected Chair of the ALP Board in May 2016.