Phelps Gay is a former managing partner of Christovich & Kearney, LLP. A graduate of Princeton University and Tulane University School of Law, Phelps joined the firm in 1979, and became a partner in 1985. His practice areas include professional liability (defense of legal malpractice claims and disciplinary complaints), energy and maritime law, products liability, and general casualty. 

In addition, Phelps is a Certified Neutral with the American Arbitration Association and a Member of the Patterson Resolution Group offering both arbitration and mediation services.

Active in professional organizations, Phelps served as president of the Louisiana State Bar Association in 2000-2001, focusing on reform of ethical rules and increasing lawyer professionalism. Currently, he serves as president of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and he is a member of the Executive Committee of the A.P. Tureaud Inn of Court. Phelps previously served on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the Louisiana Judicial College, and the Pro Bono Project. A long-time member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Phelps received that organization’s Hecker Award in 2004, for his article, "Professionalism in Depositions: The Sound of Silence."

Bar Admission:
Louisiana, 1979
Texas, 1993

Princeton University (A.B., cum laude, 1975)
Tulane University (J.D., 1979)
Member, Board of Editors, The Tulane Maritime Law Journal, 1977-1979

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (President, 2016-2017)
Louisiana State Bar Association (President, 2000-2001; Board of Governors, 1994- 1995;1999-2000; House of Delegates, 1987-1998)
Louisiana Bar Foundation (Board of Directors, 1999-2002)
New Orleans Bar Association (Board of Directors, 1997-1998; Secretary, 1998-1999)
American Bar Association (House of Delegates, 1999-2001; 2004-2006)
State Bar of Texas
The Defense Research Institute
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Chairman, Maritime Law Section, 1992-1994; Vice Chair, FDCC Quarterly, 1997-1999)