Cara A. Whalen


Cara focuses her practice in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, estate planning, landlord/tenant, business and liquor licensing law. Her representation in residential and commercial real estate transactions has involved all phases of leasing, purchasing, selling and financing with individual, small and large business owners.

Cara graduated cum laude from The College of Saint Rose with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in English. She graduated from Western New England University School of Law with a dual concentration in Real Estate and Estate Planning.

Cara worked with Chicago Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company and Bacon Wilson, P.C., while participating in a real estate practicum. She also served as a law clerk with the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office and Palmer District Court in Massachusetts.

While at Western New England University, Cara was awarded the CALI Award for Excellence in Real Estate Development and Estate Planning. In the fall of 2010, Cara participated in the first law school based Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program addressing Gender and Criminal Law held at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cara is a third generation attorney and is a native to the Millbrook area where she now resides with her husband, Patrick.


New York State Bar Association
Dutchess County Bar Association
Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council
American Bar Association
Dutchess County Association of REALTORS
Mid-Hudson Valley Mortgage Bankers Association
National Association of Professional Mortgage Women

In The Community

American Heart Association, Board Member

Practice Areas

Residential and Commercial Real Estate
Corporate Formation and Transactions
Liquor Licensing
Landlord Tenant
Estate Planning


New York
U.S. District Court
Southern District of New York