A. Grant Phelan has broad experience in both federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels and has also represented clients in Alternative Dispute Resolution forums. Mr. Phelan tries cases in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and for the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, including the Virgin Islands.
His practice involves litigating a full range of commercial matters including contract cases, shareholder and partnership disputes, real estate disputes, securities fraud, government investigations, intellectual property, trade secrets, restrictive covenants, insurance coverage, business fraud and employment disputes. In connection with his representation of executives in employment matters, Mr. Phelan has negotiated multiple employment agreements. He routinely travels across the U.S. to represent clients on these complex cases.
Clients praise Grant for his steady and insightful counsel as he provides calm, insightful guidance to achieve the best outcomes on crucial matters. His approach is to help direct his clients to make clear decisions based on facts, with the goal of keeping them out of a courtroom trial.
Recently, Grant obtained an injunction barring deceptive advertising practices of a business competitor on behalf of a financial institution with $33 billion in assets. Following discovery, Mr. Phelan secured a seven-figure settlement. He also successfully settled claims days before trial in a securities lending dispute between two broker-dealers in which client recovered $23 million and other payments representing ninety-eight percent of actual damages.
In an insurance dispute, he successfully intervened, briefed, and argued insurance coverage issues on behalf of the committee of unsecured creditors for a medical facility, resulting in summary judgment and a determination of coverage in excess of $4 million.
Grant has authored numerous articles and has frequently been asked to lecture on a wide variety of topics. He is sought out for his expertise to speak on emerging situational topics such as building catastrophes, fires, FBI and SEC cases and other rapid response events that need to be dealt with succinctly and professionally in real time. He has also spoken on continuing legal education, trial procedures and ethical issues related to litigation.
Grant is an active community member and volunteers regularly. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Art-Reach, an organization that creates, advocates for, and expands accessible opportunities in the arts for physically and mentally impaired individuals in Greater Philadelphia. He also serves on the board for U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Soccer For Success in Chester, Pennsylvania. The organization offers a free, youth after-school program that utilizes soccer as a catalyst to promote nutrition education, mentorship, physical activity, and family engagement within educationally and/or economically distressed communities.
Grant has been recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as a 101 Top Connector, was a two term President for Philadelphia’s William and Mary Alumni Association and was nominated to the MS Leadership Class for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s, Delaware Valley Chapter.
Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1992)
College of William and Mary, B.B.A. (1989)
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Chair of the Board of Directors,
Phi Kappa Phi
College of William and Mary Alumni Association, Philadelphia Chapter
2011 MS Leadership Class, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Philadelphia's 101 Top Connectors, Leadership Philadelphia
Insurance Coverage Disputes
Real Estate Disputes
Mr. Phelan has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Art-Reach, a Delaware Valley non-profit cultural service organization that enhances the quality of life for people with physical, psychological, economic or social challenges since 2005.
He also served two consecutive terms as the President of the College of William and Mary Alumni Association's Philadelphia Chapter. More recently, Mr. Phelan was nominated to the 2011 MS Leadership Class of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Delaware Valley Chapter and was named one of Philadelphia's 101 Top Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia.