Wherry earned his B.S. from the University of Colorado and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, followed by an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University Law School. He is a fellow and former regent of the American College of Tax Counsel and a former chairman of the Taxation Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He has served as chairman of the Small-Business Tax Committee of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, as president of the Greater Denver Tax Counsel Association, is a past chairman of the Administrative Practice Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section, a member of the Council, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (in tax litigation). His articles have appeared in ALI-ABA publications, The Colorado Lawyer, Tax Notes, and State Tax Notes. He is the former Colorado correspondent for State Tax Notes and has spoken at numerous tax institutes, including the University of Denver Tax Institute and Tulane University Tax Institute and American Bar Association Tax Section programs. He was an instructor in Tax Court litigation for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Wherry was appointed by President George W. Bush as Judge, United States Tax Court, on April 23, 2003, for a term ending April 22, 2018. He retired from the Tax Court bench effective January 1, 2018.
- Vouri-Misso, K. Christy; Erickson, Elizabeth (January 8, 2018). "Senior Tax Court Judge Robert A. Wherry, Jr. Retires". www.taxcontroversy360.com. McDermott Will & Emery. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
- "PRESS RELEASE" (PDF) (Press release). United States Tax Court. January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2018.