Robert Phelan litigates property subrogation matters and inland marine, maritime and other transportation cases involving shipping law, international trade law and private international law.
He has handled claims and recoveries for domestic and international clients arising from air, land or sea losses occurring in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, the CIS, and Asia. He regularly handles complex losses involving failures in yacht design, construction and maintenance. Robert frequently represents seawall, pier or bridge claimants, allision cases, either as a subrogating plaintiff or as a defendant in maritime limitation actions. In recognition of his handling of maritime matters, Robert has attained the status of a Proctor in Admiralty in the Maritime Lawyers Association of the United States.
Robert also frequently handles Carmack inland marine transportation cases, and has been admitted pro hac vice to litigate such cases in federal District Courts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Mississippi and Florida.
Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1995 and a law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2000.