Paul J. Sweeney
About Paul's Practice
Paul Sweeney joined Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, 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 concentrates in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. As co-chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, he defends employers against liability, discrimination and disability claims, and represents employers in contract negotiations, arbitration, discipline and administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. In addition, he represents clients in complex business, construction, and real estate disputes.
Mr. Sweeney is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Broome County Bar Association, and Northern District of New York – Federal Court Bar Association. He serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section and is the Treasurer of the Northern District of New York – Federal Court Bar Association. He has been named for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America and the New York Super Lawyers. Mr. Sweeney was selected by the Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of New York to serve as a mediator for the Northern District’s Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program and to serve on the Northern District’s ADR Committee.
Mr. Sweeney’s community involvement includes his current service on Congressman Richard Hanna’s Military Service Academy Committee and his past service on the Broome County Board of Ethics, the board of directors of the Family & Children’s Society of Broome and Tioga Counties and the board of directors of the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross. Mr. Sweeney is also a bagpiper with the Broome County Celtic Pipes & Drums.
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 Judge Advocate in the Office of the Counsel for the Commandant. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star device.
Mr. Sweeney received his Bachelor of Arts degree, in cursu honorum, from Fordham University and his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.
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