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Gary Phelan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Stratford, CT

Mitchell & Sheahan, P.C.
999 Oronoque Ln, Suite 203
Stratford, CT 06614
Phone: 203-873-0240
Fax: 203-873-0235
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed in Connecticut Since: 1988
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employee (20%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%), Employment Litigation: Defense (20%), Employment & Labor: Employer (20%)
Attorney Profile

A shareholder of Mitchell & Sheahan, Attorneys at Law, Gary Phelan focuses his practice on labor and employment law matters. Located in Stratford, Connecticut, he represents companies and individuals in Fairfield and New Haven counties. Mr. Phelan is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and New York, and he has also been admitted to practice before several federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

A significant portion of Mr. Phelan's practice involves claims of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. He has represented both employees and employers in courtrooms when these matters have made it to the trial stage, but his experience in mediation also allows him to help his clients reach an agreement through the use of that alternative dispute resolution method. Mr. Phelan's experience also includes Family and Medical Leave Act cases as well as wrongful termination and other acts of retaliation. As an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, he taught courses in disability and other forms of employment discrimination as well as alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Phelan's successful track record has caught the notice of his colleagues, and they have given him a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo and a Distinguished* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 1995. Mr. Phelan is frequently asked to deliver presentations to professional groups on topics related to his practice area, and he has appeared on national television networks and cable channels. He served on the Albany Law Review before obtaining his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in 1987.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 40%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employer
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

About Gary Phelan

First Admitted: 1988, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Advisors for the New York Office of Disability Rights Advocate
  • Board of Directors of A Better Balance and Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section, 2014 - 2015
  • Co-chair of NELA’s Disability Rights Committee
  • Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • He was the President of the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association, was the co-chair of the disability rights committee for the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and served on NELA's Executive Board.


  • Named by Moffly Media as one of “the 200 Outstanding Lawyers in Fairfield County”, 2016 - 2017
  • Selected for the Connecticut Super Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • Designated as a “Local Litigation Star” in Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2017
  • Designated as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers for the Stamford, CT Region in 2012
  • Mr. Phelan has been recognized in the 1995-2010 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor and Employment Law., Best Lawyers, 1995

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Mr. Phelan has written extensively on the subject of workplace discrimination, co-authoring Disability Discrimination in the Workplace, one of the leading treatises on disability law. He has written and lectured on a wide range of employment-related topics and was an adjunct professor for several years at the Quinnipiac University School of Law.
  • Note and Comment Editor for Albany Law Review
  • Taught disability law, employment discrimination law and alternative dispute resolution as an adjunct professor for six years at the Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Lectured on a wide range of employment-related topics

Educational Background

  • B.A. from Siena College, Magna Cum Laude, 1982
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Office Location for Gary Phelan

999 Oronoque Ln
Suite 203
Stratford, CT 06614

Phone: 203-873-0240

Fax: 203-873-0235

Last Updated: 5/5/2021

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