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Paul W. Sweeney, Jr.

Partner
+1.310.552.5055
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 breach of contract, unfair business practices, false advertising, consumer fraud, trade regulation, privacy violations, and violations of federal and state statutes and regulations. He has also handled a number of employment lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, wage-hour, denial of benefits (ERISA), wrongful termination, and theft of trade secrets.

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 2010-2017.

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

  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Southern California Chapter: Panelist, Getting the Most Out of Your Outside Counsel (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)
  • Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association: Panelist, Malpractice, Conflicts of Interest & Entertainment Law Ethics (2012)
  • 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)
  • Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association: Panelist, It's All Fun & Games Until Someone Gets a Letter from the Bar (2008)
  • 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)
Mr. Sweeney’s recent engagements include the following:

  • In 2016, defending 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, defending major retailer in class action alleging false advertising and unfair business practices in connection with discounted pricing of retail merchandise.
  • In 2016, won summary judgment on behalf of technology manufacturing company in a disability discrimination case.
  • In 2016, defending major food service company in antitrust/trade regulation 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.