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Michael Robert Whelan Jr.

Family Attorney at Rockport, TX

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Mike Whelan, Jr.

  • Licensed for 12 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2011
    Not Eligible to Practice - Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    We use limited scope options and flat fees to manage most of our family law cases, primarily divorce and custody. We also take payments.

    13 years, 70 cases

  2. Estate planning
    We handle non-tax estate planning on a flat fee basis, including documents to prepare for disability or incapacity.

    13 years, 20 cases

  3. Probate
    We work with grieving families using many of Texas' alternative probate procedures. If you are unfamiliar with this area, know that there are many streamlined options. We generally work on a flat fee basis with probate cases.

    13 years, 20 cases

Mike worked for nearly a decade in trucking and logistics before attending the University of Texas School of Law. This may sound like a contradiction, but working in a process-oriented industry helped him find the inefficiencies and inequities of the legal system. His experience helps him guide you through a complicated process.

With 4 children of his own, Mike also understands what matters in family law issues. He worked at the Children's Rights Clinic at the University of Texas, representing children in CPS cases. The experience further developed his kid-focused legal perspective.

He considers himself a teacher first, and is working to develop consumer training for residents of Rockport, Texas and the surrounding areas. Education is a passion of his, and Mike hosts an annual conference for Texas family lawyers to encourage them to be more transparent with clients. He's well known in the Texas family law community.

If you want a "bulldog attorney," Mike is probably not the right option for you. If you want an attorney who will help you take control of your life, please give Mike a call.

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Whelan Law Firm
PO Box 2660
Rockport, TX, 78381


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by wes | August 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We were on our way to Texas from Utah for an adoption when our attorney called and backed out on us. We found Michael and he was able to get the paperwork done quickly. He was able to file our paper work to be able to cross state lines with the baby faster than we thought possible. He was a life saver for our family.
Posted by Heather | September 24, 2014
A man who really gets behind and cares for his clients.
A couple of years ago I was faced with one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through; a custody battle. Mike somehow made me feel so much more at ease during such a difficult time. He always took the time to really listened to me, got back to me right away when I called, and got in touch with me as soon as he had any updates or information. He didn't feel like my lawyer, he felt like a friend by the end of it. I really appreciate him and all he did for me and my family. I wouldn't recommend anyone else besides him!
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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2014
Knowledgeable and Efficient Lawyer
Two years ago, I had the pleasure of working with Mike Whelan. I knew I was about to go through what could have easily been a messy custody battle. My ex had made threats to me and has a very unstable lifestyle. When I first called Mr. Whelan, I was scared and uncertain of how to navigate through this situation. He was able to put my mind at ease within the first phone call. His personality is direct, but he is also kind and has a good sense of humor to help make the difficult process much more comfortable. Over the course of four months, Mr. Whelan was able to quickly and efficiently draw up paperwork to keep my two-year-old daughter safe. He was calm and professional in dealing with my belligerent ex, and very patient in answering my questions. Mr. Whelan was very affordable in comparison to other family lawyers. He was always available to answer questions. He also was able to work around my teacher schedule so I would not have to miss much work. When he wrote the final paperwork, I felt like it was a joint venture in that he wrote the drafts and then quickly sent them to me for edits. The whole process was quick and painless. In the end, Mr. Whelan was able to word the paperwork expertly so that my daughter was kept safe, but she is still able to have a relationship with her father. If and when I need a lawyer again, I will ALWAYS go to Mike Whelan.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Whelan Law Firm
  • 2011 - Present


  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD
  • 2011
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Other parent accused my client of molestation
  • Agreed order
  • "Agreed" divorce
  • Agreed order
  • Mom tried to terminate my client's rights as parent
  • Client's rights not terminated


  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2011 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (11)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Whelan is a conscientious, thoughtful attorney who always seems to be striving to find a way to give his clients better service and help other attorneys do likewise."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael organized and co-hosted one of the best and innovative continuing legal educations I've ever attended. He is giving and caring person. He is extremely professional with everyone in interacts with. He is a strong advocate for his clients. If you have a legal issue, I highly recommend that you consult with him."
Unknown Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Great podcasts!"
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Michael Whelan for family law. He is a hard-working attorney and a leader in the Bar. Michael produces continuing legal education (CLE) materials and even co-administers a CLE for attorneys to attend and learn. I endorse Michael."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Michael Whelan since law school. Even then he showed true passion for family law. He has since grown that passion into his family law practice where he always strives to get the best results for his clients while maintaining as amicable an environment as possible for all those involved."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mike for a few years. I had the pleasure of working with him in the same office for a little over a year before we both went out on our own. His approach to divorce, custody, enforcements, and modification issues gives his clients the highest value for their dollar. He throws himself into the client's dilemma and provides real-world advice and solutions. If you want a straight answer for your case and its total costs, then look no further."
Family Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mike for years and I wholeheartedly endorse him as an attorney. He actively stays up on top of current case law and judicial preferences. He has a great attitude and quick wit that plays well inside the court room and out."
Family Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Michael for about four years. A caring family man, he's passionate about family law. He genuinely empathizes and is concerned about his clients and both their well-being and the well-being of their families."
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Rockport Family Lawyer Michael Robert Whelan Jr.
Michael Robert Whelan Jr.
Family Attorney
Rockport, TX