Rory D. Whelehan


Licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina

Educational Experience

  • University of South Carolina Honors College, 1986, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa (B.A. and B.S.)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, 1989 (J.D.)

Prior Experience

  • Associate, Womble Bond Dickinson (US), LLP, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1989-1999)
  • Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US), LLP, Greenville, South Carolina (1999-2018)

Representative Matters

  • Served as chair of the unsecured creditors committee in large asbestos chapter 11 case pending in bankruptcy court in Charlotte, NC involving complex environmental matters
  • Represented financial institutions in various large workouts and restructurings involving debt between $1 million and $15 million throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • Represented petitioning creditors in involuntary chapter 11 filing of trucking-related debtor where missing funds exceeded $60 million
  • Represented chapter 7 trustee in Ponzi-scheme case with filing of hundreds of adversary proceedings to recover fraudulently transferred funds
  • Represented asset-based lender in various bankruptcy cases throughout South Carolina and North Carolina
  • Represented numerous financial institutions in consumer mortgage-related matters in chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases
  • Represented agricultural lenders in chapter 11 and chapter 12 cases in Eastern North Carolina

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Certified Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Law Specialist, South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE and Specialization
  • Certified Business Bankruptcy Law Specialist and Consumer Law Bankruptcy Specialist, North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Mediator and Arbitrator, South Carolina Supreme Court Board of Arbitrator and mediator certification
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, International Association of Commercial Collectors
  • Member, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association
  • Member, J. Bratton Davis American Bankruptcy Inn of Court
  • Member, South Carolina Bar
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2000 to 2018
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2000 - 2018
  • Greenville Legal Elite, 2018

Community Activities

  • Member and President, Board of Directors, International Ballet 2015-present
  • Member and President, Board of Directors, Fall for Greenville, 2005-2008
  • Member and President, Board of Directors, Mental Health America, 2002-2007
  • Member and President, Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of Forsyth County, Inc., 1991-1996
  • Graduate, Leadership Greenville, Class 28, 2001-2002

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina 1989
  • South Carolina 1989
  • Admitted to the United States Bankruptcy and District Courts for the District of South Carolina.
  • Admitted to the United States Bankruptcy and District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • Admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit