About Us

Kaylin L. Whittingham, Esq.

Kaylin L. Whittingham is the founder of Whittingham Law—a Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Firm. She defenses lawyers and judges against allegations of professional misconduct and is a legal ethics consultant to law firms. Prior to private practice, she served as counsel at the Attorney Grievance Committee, First Judicial Department where she investigated and prosecuted a wide array of professional misconduct cases. Prior to that, she served as Staff Attorney at the Mental Hygiene Legal Services in the First Department. Kaylin was Judicial Intern to the Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Milton Tingling, Supreme Court for the State of New York, New York County. She started her legal career in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Attorney General.

Kaylin co-chairs the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Committee of Bar Leaders and is a member of NYSBA’s Nomination Committee. She is the Immediately Past Chair of the New York City Bar Association (City Bar) Professional Discipline Committee and is a member of the City Bar’s Nomination Committee, Council on the Profession Committee, and the Litigation Funding Task Force. Kaylin has also served in various other roles at multiple Bar Associations including as: President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA); Board member of the National Bar Association Board of Governors; member of the Board of Advisors for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Ethics Compendium; Secretary of the Ethics and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for the AILA New York Chapter; member of the Network of Bar Leaders Executive Council; NYSBA’s House of Delegates, Committee on Professional Ethics, and Committee on Leadership Development. Kaylin is a frequent Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Speaker at Bar Associations, law firms, and other organizations.

Additionally, Kaylin serves on the Board of Catholic Migration Services and served on the Board of Unique People Services, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS. She is a New York State Bar Foundation Fellow. Guided by her mantra: “Inspire. Empower. Engage.”—Kaylin advocates for women rights, immigrants, victims of domestic violence, and the mentally ill.

She is featured in the Book and World Exhibit—”200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World”; and is the recipient of the 2016 Black Women of Influence (BWOI) Trailblazer Award, 2017 Association of Black Women Attorneys Achievement Award; 2018 National Bar Association Presidential Award and the 2020 National Top 100 Black Lawyers.
Kaylin is admitted in New York, New Jersey, and the United State District Court of New Jersey.

AWARDS

• 2016 Black Women of Influence (BWOI) Trailblazer Award
• 2017 Association of Black Women Attorneys Achievement Award
• 2018 National Bar Association Presidential Award
• 2020 Top 100 National Black Lawyers

ADMISSIONS

• New York
• New Jersey
• United District Court of New Jersey

BOARD SERVICE

• Catholic Migration Service
• Unique People Services (Non-profit)
• Association of Black Women Attorneys (Non-profit)
• National Bar Association
• Network of Bar Leaders

EDUCATION

• University of the West Indies, B.A. Literature
• City University of New York, B.A. Economics
• Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.

BOOK

• 200 Women: Who will change the way you see the world. (Featured)

LEADERSHIP

Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA)

• PRESIDENT (2015-2017)

New York City Bar Association

• Nominating Committee Member (2020- Present)
• CHAIR, Professional Discipline Committee (2017-2020)
• Council on the Profession (2017-2020)
• Taskforce on Litigation Funding (2018-Present)
• Minorities in the Profession Committee (2010 -2016)

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)

• Nominating Committee Member (2018-Present)
• CO-CHAIR, Committee for Bar Leaders (2020-Present)
• Professional Ethics Committee (2015-2018)

New York State Bar Foundation

• FELLOW (2018- Present)

National Bar Association (NBA)

• Board member (2017-2018)

Network of Bar Leaders (NOBL)

• Executive Council (2015-2018)

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

• Ethics Compendium Board Advisor (2016 – 2018)
• Ethics Compendium Board Advisor (2016 – 2018)

Black Women of Influence (BWOI)