Mr. Sweeney is a member of the Los Angeles office’s Commercial Litigation group, where he focuses his practices on handling complex business disputes. Mr. Sweeney has handled individual and class action lawsuits involving claims of breach of contract, unfair business practices, unfair trade practices, consumer fraud, and breach of warranty. He has also handled employment lawsuits where claims of discrimination, wage-hour, wrongful termination and trade secrets are at issue. Mr. Sweeney also handles entertainment cases involving claims of idea misappropriation, invasion of privacy and breach of contract.

Mr. Sweeney’s recent engagements include the following:

  • In 2010, handling six class action lawsuits, in subject areas ranging from unfair business practices, to consumer fraud, to employment.
  • In 2008, won appeal in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, representing major telecommunications company accused of engaging in wrongful business conduct.
  • In 2006, obtained dismissal of case filed against major entertainment company accused of misappropriating idea for television show.
  • In 2005, served as lead-counsel defending entertainment conglomerate in a two-week discrimination trial in Los Angeles Superior Court in which jury rendered a defense verdict.
  • In 2004, represented international electronic components manufacturer in consumer representative action (CA B&P Section 17200) alleging product defects and false advertising regarding warranties.

Professional Background
Between 1979 and 1981, Mr. Sweeney served as a White House Fellow, where he worked for the White House chief of staff/assistant to the President for intergovernmental affairs. In 1999, Mr. Sweeney served as a volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Criminal Branch, where he handled misdemeanor jury trials. Mr. Sweeney was named a Southern California Wyer” in the Corporate Counsel Edition in 2008.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Law Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Hollywood Wilshire YMCA, Board of Directors
  • Public Counsel, Board of Directors
  • Getty House Foundation, Board of Directors