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paulsweeney
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Phone: (607) 821-2202
Fax: (607) 723-1530

cglawoffices.com
99 Corporate Drive
Binghamton, NY 13904

Paul J. Sweeney


Specialization
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Business & Commercial Litigation

About Paul's Practice

Paul Sweeney joined Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, following active duty as a Marine Corps judge advocate. He is a partner in the firm and concentrates in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. As chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, Mr. Sweeney defends employers against liability, discrimination, disability and wage & hour claims and represents employers in contract negotiations, arbitration, discipline and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Human Rights Division, the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In addition, he also represents clients in complex contract, construction and real estate disputes and serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Mr. Sweeney serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and is the immediate past Treasurer of the Northern District of New York - Federal Court Bar Association. He edits BLR's New York Employment Law Letter, a monthly publication that helps employers understand new laws, regulations and court cases. Mr. Sweeney has received an "AV Preeminent" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and the Upstate New York Super Lawyers publications. He is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Sweeney retired as a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve with more than 29 years of active duty and reserve service, including a combat deployment to Fallujah, Iraq. Prior to his retirement, he served as the senior Marine Reserve attorney in the Office of the Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps and was the officer-in-charge of all Marine Reserve attorneys assigned to the Commandant, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and DoD Office of General Counsel. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal, with gold star device.

Education
  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1987
  • B.A., Fordham University, 1984
    • In Cursu Honorum
    • Dean's List


Major Publications & Speaking Engagements


Professional Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012 - present
  • New York SuperLawyers, 2011 - present

Admitted to Practice
  • West Virginia, 1987
  • New Jersey, 1987
  • New York, 1988
  • U. S. Court of Military Appeals, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1993
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2008


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