Jacy Whittaker

Jacy Whittaker

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For Jacy Whittaker, the key to winning cases is being abundantly overprepared. As an attorney, Jacy gears up for war on everything. The litigator never walks into a courtroom without more research, more evidence, and more potential angles than warranted. This over-preparation allows him to think on his feet, building confidence—and the court’s regard—through each winning application, writ, submission, and hearing. Rather than being exhausted by sheer volume, the youthful lawyer becomes even more invigorated. After all, he lives to argue—and win.

Jacy got his start in 2000, working as a legal assistant for Frederick R.M. Smith, QC, a legendary attorney in the Bahamas. Mr. Smith had been intrigued by a brand of intelligence that has since served Jacy well in the courtroom. Even then, a talent analysis showed Jacy’s strengths as a future litigator.

Jacy enrolled in law school (University of Buckingham, 2001 and later Inns of Court School of Law, 2005), then joined Callenders & Co., where he worked side-by-side with Mr. Smith on multiple matters—including one of the Bahamas’ most monumental matters. Six years later, he and partner Arthur K. Parris, Jr left to form ParrisWhittaker. Jacy has since added admiralty law, probate law, commercial transactions, corporate structuring, restructuring, and formation to his list of capabilities, He acts as local counsel for a handful of Fortune 500 companies and numerous international companies.

In addition to his legal practice, Jacy is one of the most active members of the Grand Bahama business community. He is/was a director, advisor, or committee chair for numerous boards, including the Bahamas Bar Council, Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, Freeport Law Society, and Salvation Army. He is also a member of the Bahamas Bar Association and a member of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Bar.

Languages: English (fluent), Spanish (Conversational), Dutch (Conversational)

Awards, Honors & Memberships

Organizations & Memberships

Council Member (Bahamas Bar Council) 2016-2020

Advisory Board Member (The Salvation Army) 2013-2018

Director (Freeport Law Society) 2013-2019

Bahamas Federation of Performing Artists (Director of Legal and Foreign Affairs) 2017 to present

Member, Rotary International 2007

American Bar Association (Associate) 2008-2014

Onatario Bar Association (Associate) 2009-2014

International Services Committee Director, (Rotary International, Grand Bahama Sunrise Club) 2013

Chairman of Public Relations (Rotary International, Grand Bahama Sunrise Club) 2013

Director (Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce) 2012-2014

Chair of the Ethics Committee, (Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce) 2012-2014

Police Liaison (Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce) 2012-2014

Members of the International Trade Committee (Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce) 2012-2014

Fundraising Committee (Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce) 2012-2014

He has addressed a number of legal organizations in the area of ethics, marketing, cybersecurity and practice and procedure. He has provided a number of lectures to various organizations including various civic groups.

Honors & Achievements

2020 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Award for Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in the Bahamas;

2019 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Award for Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in the Bahamas;

2018 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Award for Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in the Bahamas;

2020 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Recomended Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in the Bahamas;

2019 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Recomended Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in the Bahamas;

2018 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Recomended Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in the Bahamas;

2017 – Finalist Lloyd’s List Americas;

2016 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Recomended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in the Bahamas;

2013 – ACQ Shipping and Maritime Firm of the Year;

2013 – ACQ Corporate Firm of the Year;

2020 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Award for Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in the Bahamas;

2019 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Award for Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in the Bahamas;

2018 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Award for Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year in the Bahamas;

2020 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Recomended Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in the Bahamas;

2019 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Recomended Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in the Bahamas;

2018 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Recomended Lawyer for Commercial Litigation in the Bahamas;

2017 – Finalist Lloyd’s List Americas;

2016 – Global Law Experts (GLE) Recomended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in the Bahamas;

2013 – ACQ Shipping and Maritime Firm of the Year;

2013 – ACQ Corporate Firm of the Year;