GARY E. PHELAN serves as special counsel to Cohen and Wolf, where he is a member of the firm's Employment & Litigation Groups. Resident in the firm's Westport office, Mr. Phelan represents both employers and employees in a wide range of matters, including discrimination, wrongful termination, employment contracts and severance negotiations.
Mr. Phelan was previously a partner in Outten and Golden, LLP's New York and Stamford offices. He has been recognized in the 1995-2011 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of Labor and Employment Law. He was also designated by Super Lawyers magazine as a Connecticut Super Lawyer, in the category of Employment & Labor Law (2006-2010). He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York.
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 Quinnipiac University School of Law. 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. He is presently the Treasurer for the Connecticut Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board to Employment Law 360. He is on the Advisory Board for the Center for Work Life Law and the Board of Directors of A Better Balance. Mr. Phelan also serves on the New York Advisory Board to Disability Rights Advocates.
Mr. Phelan received his B.A. from Siena College in 1982 and his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1987.