Timothy S. Brennan - Partner

Tim is experienced in all areas of complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution, supports all the firm's practice areas, and focuses his practice on medical malpractice, personal injury, and appellate law.

A partner in the firm and head of the Appellate Law practice, his strength is a comprehensive knowledge of the law and understanding of the legal process. Prior to entering private practice, Tim served as an Appellate Court Attorney for the Appellate Division Third Department. This experience provided him an insider's perspective of the different courts, and how the court decision process works. He has been with Phelan, Phelan & Danek from the beginning, and values its big firm experience, small firm relationships, and the family environment.
When a client selects our office to represent them, it is a great honor. Our clients trust us to navigate them through the rigors of a high-stakes legal system. There is nothing more professionally satisfying to me than rewarding that trust by achieving a successful result.
Tim is very active with his family and community. He serves as Board President with Niskayuna Youth Football & Cheerleading, works with the Niskayuna Town Parks & Recreation Committee, and coaches his daughter's travel softball team. Married for 14 years to his high school sweetheart Jessica, he has 3 children, softball player Cadence, 11, footballer Brooks, 9, and 5 year old Lilly, who specializes in 'trouble'.

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Negligence Defense
  • Appellate Practice
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Law
  • Labor Law
  • Municipal Liability

Bar Admissions

2002, New York; 2003, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, Southern District of New York; 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Law School

New England School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001


Western Connecticut State University, B.S., 1997

Professional Associations

  • Albany County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Reported Cases

  • Hinlicky v. Dreyfuss, 6 N.Y. 3d 636;
  • F.A.S.A. Const. Corp. v. Village of Monroe, 14 A.D. 3d 532;
  • Kowalski v. St. Francis Hosp. and Health Ctrs., 21 N.Y. 3d 480;
  • Lang v. Newman, 12 N.Y. 3d 868
  • Swartz v. St. Mary’s Hosp., 101 A.D. 3d 1273
  • Matter of Soressi v. SWF, L.P., 81 A.D. 3d 1143
  • Caiozzo v. Koreman, 581 F.3d 63