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Jonathan Whaley

Jonathan joined O’Leary Law Associates in March 2014 as an associate attorney, and was promoted to managing attorney in October 2015.

Jonathan devotes the majority of his practice to residential and commercial property acquisition, development and management law; federal and state housing law and policy; and corporate law. He also represents individual and institutional clients in employment disputes, probate matters and contractual negotiation and dispute resolution.

Much of Jonathan’s work involves complex federal and state housing law and policy, including the United States and Rhode Island Fair Housing Acts and various federally-subsidized/tax-credit multifamily housing programs. He regularly appears before Rhode Island State Courts, the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, and Rhode Island Housing, on behalf of both conventional and subsidized housing developers, owners and operators.

Jonathan also represents individual and organizational purchasers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate, as well as the investors and financiers of real-estate transactions.

In 2014, Jonathan helped secure a defense verdict in a case of alleged discrimination against a low-income-housing developer. After a five-day jury trial, the jury found that no discrimination had occurred, and that the housing developer did not employ any discriminatory policies, practices or procedures. In the same year, Jonathan successfully represented a corporate bidder in its effort to acquire a $6,500,000 multi-family residential apartment community, which included the procurement of funding through Fannie Mae.

In 2015, Jonathan represented a group of over 150 retired state employees and public schoolteachers in a suit against the State of Rhode Island, alleging constitutional violations and breach of contract by the State. The suit, which gained national recognition, settled out of court just prior to trial.

A lifelong Rhode Islander, Jonathan received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, and his Juris Doctorate from the Roger Williams University School of Law. Jonathan is licensed to practice in the State of Rhode Island and before the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.