John J. Phelan, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Albany, NY

Phelan Phelan & Danek LLP
 | 300 Great Oaks Blvd, Suite 315
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: 518-640-6900
Fax: 518-640-6955
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1983
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense (50%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (30%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A senior partner at Phelan, Phelan & Danek LLP, John J. Phelan, III, has developed a well-deserved reputation as a leading civil trial attorney. From the firm's office in Albany, New York, he provides representation to individual and business clients throughout the Albany-Schenectady-Troy greater metropolitan area and other parts of the state. Admitted to practice in New York, Mr. Phelan is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western and Southern Districts of New York.

    A portion of Mr. Phelan's practice involves his representation of real estate developers, contractors and construction managers in construction defect litigation and other disputes. He has also defended health care practitioners who are the subject of medical malpractice claims, and his liability defense clients have included accountants, engineers and other licensed professionals. In his personal injury practice, Mr. Phelan's cases have included defending manufacturers and other parties in the chain of commerce in lawsuits grounded on products liability. His civil litigation background has encompassed breach of contract actions and other business disputes, and in addition to his courtroom appearances, he has helped many clients resolve their issues through mediation and arbitration.

    Mr. Phelan's successes in both the courtroom and at the negotiating table have earned him the high regard of his colleagues. The recipient of a Distinguished* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, he has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. A member of several professional groups, including the Albany County Bar Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, he is also a senior fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Phelan obtained his legal education at Albany Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1982.

    *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
    • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense
    • 30%Construction Litigation: Business
    • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021

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    About John Phelan, III

    Admitted: 1983, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2018
    • International Academy of Construction Lawyers, Fellow
    • Order of the Centurions (Over 100 Jury Verdicts), Member
    • Who’s Who In American Law
    • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Litigation Counsel of America, 2015
    • Member of The Centurion Society (Over 100 Jury Verdicts), Member, Litigation Counsel of America, 2015
    • Selected as a charter member of the American Academy of Medical Malpractice Lawyers, Member, Litigation Counsel of America, 2016
    • Selected as among The Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice Defense Attorneys for 2012 in New York, Medical Malpractice Lawyers, 2012
    • Selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 - 2019, Fellow, Best Lawyers in America, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
    • American Academy of Malpractice Lawyers, Charter Member
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1983
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1983
    • New York, 1983
    • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Panel Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, Member
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Member
    • New York State Bar Association, Professional Liability Committee, Member
    • New York State Bar Association, Products Liability Committee, Member
    • New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • Albany County Bar Association, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Defense Research Institute, Member
    • Guilderland High School Varsity Football team, Team Photographer
    • Capital District Pop Warner, Former Board Member
    • Capital District Pop Warner, Team Coach


    • $125,000 plaintiff settlement in crowd surfing case at concert. Middleton vs Northern Lights, 2015

    Representative Clients:

    • BBL Construction Services, LLC, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1978

    Industry Groups

    • Contractors
    • Developers And Owners
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    Office Location for John J. Phelan, III

    300 Great Oaks Blvd
    Suite 315
    Albany, NY 12203

    Phone: 518-640-6900

    Fax: 518-640-6955

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    Last Updated: 5/14/2021

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