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Paul W. Sweeney, Jr.

Fax +1.310.552.5001
Mr. Sweeney is a member of the Los Angeles office’s commercial litigation group, where he focuses his practice on handling complex business disputes, both individual and class action lawsuits, involving unfair business practices, false advertising, consumer fraud, trade regulation, privacy violations, breach of contract, and violations of various federal and state statutes and regulations. He has also handled a number of employment arbitrations and lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, wage-hour violations, wrongful termination, and theft of trade secrets. He represents clients primarily in the manufacturing, retailing, technology, financial services, food and beverage, medical device, and entertainment industries.

Professional Background

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. Mr. Sweeney has also 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 “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine in 2010-2019. He was also named as one of the Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles in 2019 by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Law Institute
  • Hollywood Wilshire YMCA, Board of Directors
  • Public Counsel, Board of Directors
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Board of Directors

Speaking Engagements

  • Live with the Supremes: Recap of the Most Important Decisions Impacting Corporations from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017-18 Term (2019)
  • K&L Gates Webinar: Panelist, Discrimination Law: Workplace Inequalities Are Alive and Kicking (2018)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter: Panelist, Getting the Most Out of Your Outside Counsel, and Panelist, Inside/Outside Counsel Relationships -- Addressing Issues of Bias (2018)
  • K&L Gates Webinar: Panelist, Consumer Litigation: The Year in Review and the Years to Come - What to Expect in Consumer Litigation Under the Trump Presidency (2017)
  • National Bar Association: Panelist, Attorney - Client Privilege in the Parent - Subsidiary Context (2017)
  • National Bar Association: Panelist, The Current Telephone Consumer Protection Act Landscape & What You Need to Know to Avoid Liability (2016)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter: Panelist, Effective Use of Social Media in Litigation: Tools, Traps, and Tips (2014)
  • National Bar Association: Panelist, Class Action Strategies (2011)
  • National Bar Association: Panelist, Managing Partner: To Be or Not To Be?; and Going Deep in a Business Relationship: Becoming a Trusted Advisor (2010)
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color: Moderator, Managing Business Drivers (2007)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter: Panelist, Multi-State Investigations: What They Are and What to Do When Your Company Is the Subject of One (2006)
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association: Panelist, Strategies for Aggressively Countering Multi-Plaintiff Lawsuits (2003)
  • CEB: Panelist, Fundamentals of Employment Law (2001)

Additional Information

  • "USA Patriot Act," presented at Labor and Employment Law: Challenges for the Financial Service Industry seminar in K&LNG's Los Angeles and San Francisco office, June 18 & 19, 2002
  • “Mountain Man,” California Law Business, April 1, 2002
  • Co-author, “Legal Separation: When Employment Relationships Turn Sour, Can a Parent Corporation be Held Liable,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 26, 1999 (Employment Law Supplement)
  • “How to Cut Litigation Costs,” California Lawyer, 1991
Mr. Sweeney’s recent engagements include the following:
  • In 2019, defending major beverage and food manufacturers in false advertising and unfair business practices class actions.
  • In 2019, defending major retailer in class action alleging false advertising and unfair business practices in connection with discounted pricing of retail merchandise.
  • In 2019, defending global financial institutions in wage hour class actions.
  • In 2018, defended major food service retailer in wage hour class action.
  • In 2017, obtained dismissal of antitrust/trade regulation class action on behalf of major food service company.
  • In 2016, defended major retailer in class action lawsuit alleging violations of the California Invasion of Privacy Act.
  • In 2016, won appeal in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, defending financial institution in class action lawsuit alleging violations of federal statutes, including the Truth in Lending Law.
  • In 2016, won summary judgment on behalf of technology manufacturing company in a disability discrimination case.
  • In 2015, won AAA arbitration on behalf of internet company defending against breach of contract claims.
  • In 2013, won summary judgment of age discrimination lawsuit filed against major footwear, apparel and equipment manufacturer.
  • In 2012, obtained dismissal of consumer class action filed against major food and beverage manufacturer and retailer.
  • In 2011, obtained decertification of previously certified class action alleging unfair business practices, on behalf of major financial institution. 
  • In 2009, won appeal in the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, representing major telecommunications company accused of engaging in wrongful business conduct.
  • 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.