Michael Phelan


Michael Phelan is a Virginia trial attorney who focuses on complex catastrophic injury and death cases caused by defective products, tractor-trailer truck and other vehicle crashes, explosions, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and other negligent acts. He has a special focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases. Michael’s peers have consistently recognized him for his excellence as a trial lawyer, and his clients have praised him for his commitment to deep research, his outstanding communication skills, and his sincerity and dedication. As one of his valued clients said, “Mike puts his heart into it.”

Michael’s tenacity on behalf of his clients resulted in one of the largest settlements in the country in a benzene exposure case, and he has been twice recognized for achieving some of the highest settlements in Virginia in traumatic brain injury cases.

Michael and four other lawyers from around the country host a weekly podcast called Sunday Morning Quarterbacks (SMQBs) where they discuss sports and social issues but mostly heckle each other. Please tune in to SMQBs on Spotify or Apple podcast and follow on Facebook (Sunday Morning Quarterbacks) and Twitter @bs_smq (SMQBs).

Michael and his wife Laura have been married since 1987, and they have three grown children. His daughter has intellectual disabilities due to a birth-related traumatic brain injury, and Michael credits her for inspiring him to work tirelessly and to fight for the victims of brain injuries.


Awards and Recognition

Rep. Suzan DelBene, attorney Michael Phelan, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries
Rep. Suzan DelBene, attorney Michael Phelan, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries
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Community Involvement and Leadership

Richmond personal injury attorney Michael Phelan