Paul J. Sweeney, Esq.
Mr. Sweeney joined Coughlin & Gerhart, L.L.P. in 1992, following active duty as a Marine Corps judge advocate. He is a Partner in the Firm and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He also co-chairs the Firm’s Labor and Employment Law Practice. Mr. Sweeney concentrates in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. He defends employers against liability, discrimination and disability claims and represents employers in contract negotiations, arbitration, discipline and other administrative proceedings. In addition, Mr. Sweeney represents clients in complex contract, construction and real estate disputes.
Mr. Sweeney is a member of the American, New York State, Broome County and Federal Court Bar Associations. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and is a Trustee of the Northern District of New York – Federal Court Bar Association. Mr. Sweeney is a past president of the board of directors of the Family and Children’s Society and served on the board of directors of the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has also served on the Broome County Board of Ethics. Mr. Sweeney is a bagpiper with the Broome County Celtic Pipes and Drums.
Mr. Sweeney is a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. Prior to joining the Firm, he served on active duty as a criminal defense attorney and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. As a Reservist, he deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, with the I Marine Expeditionary Force. Other Reserve assignments included duty with Marine Forces Pacific, Marine Forces Central Command and the DoD Office of General Counsel (International Affairs). Mr. Sweeney currently serves as the Senior Marine Reserve Judge Advocate in the Office of Counsel for the Commandant and he is the officer-in-charge of the Marine Reserve lawyers who support the Commandant, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the DoD Office of General Counsel.
Fordham University, B.A., in cursu honorum, 1984
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1987
State of New York, 1988
State of New Jersey, 1987
State of West Virginia, 1987
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1987
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 1987
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, 1992
U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, 1993
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2008