Abby Whelan

Played by Darby Stanchfield


Abby Whelan is the firm's crack investigator. Outspoken, indomitable and always willing to spar, Abby takes her work seriously and never suffers fools. Abby and Olivia’s friendship goes way back to law school and they’re the first ones to call each other out when either goes adrift. She also hates Republicans and likes baking—in fact, she uses baking as a way to settle her nerves after long days dealing with the viper’s nest that is Washington D.C.


Darby Stanchfield is best known for her role as Helen Bishop on AMC's Emmy® Award-winning drama, Mad Men. The daughter of a commercial fisherman, she grew up in a remote fishing village, Dutch Harbor, Alaska (where The Deadliest Catch films.) She has a Master of Fine Arts from The American Conservatory Theatre.

In addition to Mad Men, her television credits include her recurring role as Shannon Gibbs, Sgt. Gibbs (Mark Harmon's) first wife in NCIS. She played Dr. April Green on  Jericho, and Nathan Fillion's ex-wife on Castle. Additional credits include How I Met Your Mother, Burn Notice, CSI:NY, CSI:Miami, 24, Bones, Nip/Tuck, Without a Trace, Monk, Strong Medicine and Angel.

Stanchfield was seen in Adrienne Shelley's critically acclaimed Waitress, opposite Nathan Fillion and Keri Russell, and costarred opposite Josh Duhamel in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Stanchfield has recorded a number of radio plays for NPR, including Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, with Josh Radnor and Justine Bateman, produced by LA Theatre Works. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.