Hyman Phelps and McNamara
James R. Phelps
Senior Counsel
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L.L.B., University of Cincinnati College of Law
A.B., with honors, University of Cincinnati

Bar Admissions
District of Columbia

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James R. Phelps is one of three founding members of Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. Before establishing the firm in 1980, Mr. Phelps was vice president and general counsel of G.D. Searle & Co. In addition to his experience as a private practitioner and in-house counsel, Mr. Phelps was a trial attorney for the FDA and an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Phelps began his professional career in 1965 as a trial attorney in FDA's office of Chief Counsel, and in 1967 he became an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia.

Professional Affiliations
• American Bar Association
• Federal Bar Association
• Member, U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 1983-1985
• General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, 1982-2002

Awards & Recognition
• Top FDA Lawyers, 2014 Best Lawyers Supplement
• DC Super Lawyers, 2007-2011
• "Regulatory Professional of the Year" by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, 1990
• Who's Who Legal Directory, Life Sciences, Regulatory Section, 2015-2016

Speaking Engagements   
•  DIA 45th Annual Meeting, Overview of WHO Review Process Related to Domestic and International Scheduling: The Need for Increased Transparency, June 21 - 25, 2009

Blog Posts   
•  New Legislation Seeks Limits on Opioid Prescriptions for Acute Pain, But Will it Reduce Opioid Abuse?,  April 20, 2017
•  Do You Really Want to Be An Executive In An FDA-Regulated Company?,  October 26, 2015
•  NEJM Study on Dietary Supplement Adverse Events Deserves Closer Scrutiny,  October 20, 2015
•  Sovereign Immunity in Texas for Warning Letters Sent by the Attorney General? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit says, “Not so fast cowboy”,  October 13, 2015