Rod Phelan



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Rod Phelan's trial skills have been recognized in about every way possible. He is a member of virtually all of the self-selecting trial lawyer organizations, and he has been named as a leading or "top" trial lawyer in virtually all of the polls. "Tireless," "bright," "fearless," and "passionate" are adjectives frequently used by clients and adversaries. Often called a "lawyer's lawyer," Mr. Phelan represents professional service firms, publicly traded and privately held business entities and their principals.

Related Experience

  • Law, accounting and architectural/engineering firms – defense of malpractice claims
  • Shareholder litigation – defending officers, directors, and issuers in derivative and securities-fraud cases
  • Intellectual property litigation – patent and trademark infringement claims
  • Energy marketing – contract dispute with the owner of multiple power plants
  • Software – dispute over a contract to write software for a private business that went broke and blamed the software
  • National telephone company – dispute with a local company over rights to provide cellular service
  • Receiver for bankrupt entity – dispute with the IRS over taxation of revenues from an alleged Ponzi scheme
  • Takeover litigation, representing both target and bidder
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration – defense of claims relating to an oil refinery in Kazakhstan

Awards & Community

"Trial Lawyer of the Year," Dallas Bar Association, 2015

"Go-To Lawyer" for Commercial Litigation, Texas Lawyer, 2012

"Trial Legend" Torts & Insurance Section, Dallas Bar Association, 2014

Top 10 Texas Lawyers, 2007, and Top 100 Texas Lawyers, 2004-2017

The Best Lawyers in America, (Woodward/White Inc.), 1995-2017

D Magazine "Best Lawyers in Dallas" 1974-2017

Chambers USA, 2004-2017 and Chambers Global, 2004-2005, 2010-2018


Publications, Speeches & Presentations