Mr. Whitehall has a JD from the University of British Columbia and a graduate degree in Public Law from the University of Alberta Law School. After a short period in practice in Vancouver he joined the Department of Justice in 1971 occupying increasingly senior positions and in 1989 becoming the Chief General Counsel with the rank of Assistant Deputy Minister. He was in that apposition until he retired from the public service in 2003 when he joined one of Canada's major law firms as Counsel. Mr. Whitehall has had considerable experience in all areas of civil and criminal litigation. Since 1976, he has regularly represented the Attorney General of Canada as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada. He appeared as counsel on several public inquiries. Mr. Whitehall has appeared several times as counsel before major national and international arbitrations. He has been named as a member of the Canadian Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce and he was a member of the ADR Institute of Canada. In 2012 Mr. Whitehall was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Branch of the Superior Court of Justice. For several years Mr. Whitehall has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada and lectured extensively on numerous legal topics.