Sean L. Phelan

Partner

Philadelphia, PA
D 215.279.8082
[email protected]

Education

  • Juris Doctorate degree from Villanova University School of Law, Dean’s List, 2008; Staff Writer and Managing Editor of the Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal
  • Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University, English/Psychology – Dean’s List, 2005
Overview

Sean L. Phelan  is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary's Philadelphia office. For almost two decades, Sean has helped his clients achieve highly advantageous and cost-effective outcomes - whether it’s early (and aggressive) case dismissal, settlement on favorable and risk-efficient terms, or, where needed, a jury trial, bench trial or alternative dispute resolution. 

His areas of practice include commercial and general litigation, casualty defense, as well as insurance subrogation, coverage, real estate and landlord tenant matters. His clients primarily include commercial and residential real estate companies, commercial motor vehicle carriers, mom and pop hard-working business owners, as well as regional and national insurance carriers. 

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Bar Admissions

New York

Pennsylvania

Representative Cases & Clients
  • Prevailed in a 2-day bench trial in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, in a breach of contract case where the final settlement demand before trial was $180,000;
  • Obtained a motion to dismiss in a Berks County premises liability case, based on plaintiff’s failure to join necessary party;
  • Pursued successful, 100% recovery of expenses in two (2) separate, six-figure subrogation actions;
  • Obtained favorable settlement for just $65,000 on behalf of clients in a Philadelphia County premises liability matter involving fracture injuries and multiple surgeries, where the pre-trial demand was $500,000;
  • Obtained defense verdicts in four (4) separate Philadelphia County and Montgomery County arbitration actions, involving motor vehicle accident, premises and construction defect liability, respectively;
  •  Obtained favorable settlement for just $15,000 on behalf of clients in a Philadelphia premises liability/breach of contract action, involving fracture injuries and multiple surgeries, where the pre-trial demand was $750,000.
  • Obtained full pre-trial dismissal on behalf of commercial motor vehicle client in Philadelphia County case involving amputation injuries and multi-million dollar demand.
  • Obtained full pre-trial dismissal on behalf of construction contractor client in Philadelphia County case involving significant fracture injuries from a fallen trash chute client had initially constructed and installed at job site.
  • Recovered 100 percent of substantial back rent and utilities owed on behalf of commercial real estate client in breach of contract action, despite County-wide moratorium on landlord/tenant related disputes.
Affiliations
  • Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (awarded to only top 2.5% of attorneys under 40 in Pennsylvania)
  • Board Observer, St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Certified Arbitrator for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
  • J. Willard O’Brien American Inn of Court
  • Support Center for Child Advocates
  • Insurance Society of Philadelphia
  • Volunteer with the Elder Justice & Civil Resource Center
  • Member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Lawyers of Distinction (Civil Defense Litigation)