Education and Honors

  • J.D. (cum laude), Duke University School of Law, 1973
    Order of the Coif
    Editorial Board, Duke Law Journal
  • B.A. (cum laude), history, economics, and political science, Vanderbilt University, 1970
  • Top 10 Texas Lawyers, 2007, and Top 100 Texas Lawyers, from inception, Texas Super Lawyer, from inception, and one of four “Top-Notch” Texas Lawyers in Commercial Litigation, 2007

    Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2015

    D Magazine “Best Lawyers in Dallas” - from inception

    Chambers USA, 2004-2014 and Chambers Global, 2004-2005, 2010-2014

    “Go-To Lawyer” for Commercial Litigation by Texas Lawyer, 2012

    “Trial Legend” – DBA Torts & Insurance Section, 2014

Admissions and Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

Various federal courts

American Board of Trial Advocates, Dallas Chapter President, 2010

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

International Society of Barristers, Fellow

The Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Master

Rod Phelan


2001 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201-2980
United States


A commercial trial lawyer for over 40 years, Rod Phelan has tried a wide variety of cases before juries, arbitration panels and judges.

Mr. Phelan represents professional service firms, publicly traded and privately held business entities and their principals.

 Representative Engagements

  • Law, public 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 litigation
  • Employment litigation
  • Insurance companies–commercial litigation involving investments, coverage issues and regulatory disputes
  • Energy marketing company–contract dispute with the owner of multiple power plants
  • Software company–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 the target and the bidder
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration–defense of claims relating to an oil refinery in Kazakhstan