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Michael Phelan, Partner

Michael Phelan is recognized by his peers for excellence as a trial lawyer, and has particular specialties in traumatic brain injury cases, pharmaceutical and drug devices, product liability cases, and tractor-trailer crashes. Individuals he serves recognize his passion for deep background research into each case and regular communication and sincerity with his valued clients. Michael achieved one of the largest settlements in the country in a benzene exposure case and has been twice recognized as achieving one of the highest settlements in Virginia in a traumatic brain injury case. As one of his valued clients says, “Mike puts his heart into it.”

Michael and his wife Laura have been married since 1987 and have three grown children, one of whom has intellectual disabilities due to birth-related traumatic brain injury. She is the reason that Michael believes so strongly in representing the victims of traumatic brain injury.
Virginia Super Lawyer Mike Phelan


  • B.A., Economics, Ohio Wesleyan University,cum laude,Omicron Delta Epsilon Economic Honor Society 1984
  • J.D., University of Richmond Law School,Law Review, Moot Court Board, 1987

Volunteer Organizations

  • Former chairman, Northstar Academy
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • United Parents Against Lead
  • Commonwealth Community Trust

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Virginia Bar Association, 1987
  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors, Leaders
  • , Wiederman & Wysocki Award recipient 2016

  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors

* American Association for Justice, Board of Governors
* American Association for Justice, Truck Litigation Group

  • American Association for Justice, 2016 Weidermann Wysocki Award recipient

  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2007
  • Outstanding Pro-Bono Service, United States Supreme Court, for representing victims in the September 11th Compensation Fund, 2003
  • Former Chair of Product Liability Section of the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Personal Injury Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, Product Liability Litigation
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory since 1996

* Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA)


  • J.D., University of Richmond, 1987, Law Review, Moot Court Board
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, cum laude, 1984, Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society