Jeff Whitley

Jeff Whitley is the founding shareholder of Whitley Legal Group, P.C.

Jeff began his legal practice in 1995 in San Jose, California, where he litigated high-technology cases involving patent and trademark infringement. He relocated to Phoenix in 1998, and until 2005 practiced in some of the largest law firms in the State of Arizona. Jeff has also worked as an in-house counsel at companies both large and small. His practice includes all types of business transactions, including corporate formation, commercial and intellectual property litigation, estate planning and probate matters.

Since 2005, Jeff's practice has focused on regional businesses and business owners. He created the Whitley Legal Group to provide his clients with a level of personal service and attention to detail they could not receive at larger firms. He prides himself on providing sophisticated, high-quality legal services in a small-firm setting that focuses on the unique needs of individual clients.

In 2009 Jeff achieved certification as a CFP®. As a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, Jeff assists many of his clients with a full range of legal needs related to wealth preservation and wealth transfer.

Jeff is married and has two children. Outside of the professional environment, he enjoys coaching his son's sports teams and supporting his daughter's busy classical ballet schedule.

Bar Admissions

California: 1995

Arizona: 1998

Certifications

Certified Financial PlannerTM professional (CFP®), August 2009

Education

J.D., University of Michigan, 1995

Articles Editor, University of Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review

A.B. in Government with Honors, Dartmouth College, 1992 Magna Cum Laude

Professional Associations & Memberships

Member, State Bar of Arizona Business Law Section and Intellectual Property Section

Former Co-Chair of State Trademark Law Subcommittee

Former Member of Civil Practice and Procedure Committee

Representative Engagements

Among his numerous recent legal representations, Jeff has:

Negotiated the complex merger and buyout of a Phoenix medical services firm.

Designed and implemented a patent enforcement policy for a Phoenix device manufacturer.

Prosecuted trademarks and represented trademark applicants before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Managed all patents, trademarks and copyrights for a Fortune 500 firm.

Litigated multiple fraud, defamation and breach of contract actions related to software services agreements.

Litigated multiple fraud, defamation and breach of contract actions related to software services agreements.

Represented clients in probate and trust administration proceedings.

Counseled clients regarding debtor/creditor issues.

Assisted clients in buying and selling real estate and in drafting and enforcing lease agreements.

Counseled clients in negotiating short sales and loan modifications.

Set up LLCs and corporations, including operating agreements, shareholder agreements and related documents.

Litigated commercial cases in the State and Federal courts in Arizona.

Drafted joint development agreements for software companies, including intellectual property licenses.

Conducted a jury trial in a breach of contract and trademark infringement suit.

Jeff Whitley with Whitley Legal Group, P.C.