Cordell & Cordell Philadelphia divorce attorney William J. Phelan, IV was recently selected by the Appellate Lawyers for its collection of leading appellate lawyers from across the country. The selections are based on the results of peer nominations, in-depth research, and client feedback.

Mr. Phelan is a lead litigator in Cordell & Cordell’s Philadelphia office. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of American’s Columbus School of Law where he also obtained a certificate in Law and Public Policy.

Mr. Phelan has received numerous awards and distinctions throughout his legal career. He has been named to the following lists for his work in the legal field:

  • Irish Legal 100
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys’ Top 10 Under 40 in Pennsylvania
  • National Advocates Top 100
  • Who’s Who Among Law Professionals (Montclair)


He also is president and executive board member of the Doris Jonas Freed Matrimonial American Inn of Court and a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Delaware County Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, and Brehon Law Society.