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Paul J. Sweeney

  • 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 was a partner in the firm from 1997 to 2021 and is now Of Counsel. He concentrates in labor and employment law and commercial litigation. As co-chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, Mr. Sweeney counsels and defends employers against liability, discrimination, disability and wage & hour claims and represents employers in contract negotiations, arbitration, discipline and administrative proceedings before the EEOC, NYSHRD, NLRB, PERB and OSHA. 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 is a frequent CLE speaker and edits BLR’s New York Employment Law Letter, a monthly publication that helps employers understand new laws, regulations and court cases. He has received an "AV Preeminent" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America© and New York Super Lawyers publications. He was selected to the Irish Legal 100, an annual compilation of distinguished attorneys, legal scholars and jurists of Irish descent. Mr. Sweeney is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel and the Employers Counsel Network. He co-chaired the Public Sector Labor Relations Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and served as the Treasurer of the Northern District of New York – Federal Court Bar Association.

Mr. Sweeney retired as a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. His career included active duty as a criminal defense attorney and a deployment to Fallujah, Iraq where he served as the legal advisor to the commanding general of the I Marine Expeditionary Force on operational law matters. Prior to his retirement, he served as the senior Marine Reserve judge advocate 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 support 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.

  • 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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