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Brendan Sweeney

Of Counsel
New York Metro
Long Island

P 631-247-4646
F 631-247-0417
Brendan.Sweeney@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Brendan Sweeney is Of Counsel in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has more than 20 years of experience in employment law and other types of litigation.

Mr. Sweeney has helped clients achieve success in various ways including counseling, developing compliance and early case assessment programs, implementing class action waivers, defeating class certification, and negotiating favorable resolutions. He has significant experience defending employers in class actions and complex litigation, including wage and hour and discrimination matters. Mr. Sweeney has also been responsible for significant litigation matters in other areas, including antitrust, intellectual property, and commercial litigation.  

In addition to more than 10 years of experience in prominent national law firms, Mr. Sweeney was Global Head of Litigation and Employment Law for Luxottica, one of the largest eyewear companies in the world and a major retailer. In this role, Mr. Sweeney led a team of lawyers that developed and implemented practical strategies for mitigating litigation risks and costs. Mr. Sweeney was a trusted advisor to Luxottica’s senior business and Human Resources leadership, both in the United States and around the world. Prior to Luxottica, Mr. Sweeney was in-house counsel for a large financial institution where he specialized in restrictive covenant litigation. Mr. Sweeney has a strong appreciation of the role of in-house counsel and value-driven relationships between law firms and clients.

Mr. Sweeney was a law clerk to the Honorable James McGirr Kelly in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  

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November 28, 2018
The Indiana Lawyer

Brendan Sweeney Discusses Arbitration Agreements After 7th Circuit Ruling

November 28, 2018

Brendan Sweeney discusses implications of the 7th Circuit ruling in Pamela Herrington v. Waterstone Mortgage Corp. and the importance of clearly drafting employment agreements in "In labor arbitration class action, 7th Circuit asks, ‘What happens next?’ published by the Indiana Lawyer. Subscription may be... Read More

November 2, 2018
SHRM

Brendan Sweeney Discusses Compliance Tips for Hiring Seasonal Employees

November 2, 2018

Brendan Sweeney discusses legal pitfalls to avoid when hiring and working with seasonal employees in "11 Compliance Tips for Working with Seasonal Employees During the Holidays," published by SHRM.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 18, 2018
Law 360

Brendan Sweeney Authors "The A-List For Managing Employment Law Risks And Costs"

October 18, 2018

Brendan Sweeney authors "The A-List For Managing Employment Law Risks And Costs," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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October 24, 2018

Availability of Class Arbitration is for Court to Decide, Appeals Court Rules

October 24, 2018

Vacating a $10 million arbitration award resulting from a “collective action” arbitration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that whether class or collective arbitration is authorized by an arbitration agreement is a threshold question for the district court, not an arbitrator. Herrington v. Waterstone Mortgage Corp... Read More

October 8, 2018

Kentucky Supreme Court Holds Employers May Not Require Arbitration Agreements as a Condition of Employment

October 8, 2018

On September 27, 2018, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued its opinion in Northern Kentucky Area Development District v. Snyder, No. 2017-SC-000277-DG, and held that Kentucky employers may not require employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of their employment.  In reaching its conclusion, the Court relied upon KRS... Read More

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Availability of Class Arbitration is for Court to Decide, Appeals Court Rules
October 24, 2018

Vacating a $10 million arbitration award resulting from a “collective action” arbitration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that whether class or collective arbitration is authorized by an arbitration agreement is a threshold question for the district court, not an arbitrator. Herrington v. Read More

By Samia M. Kirmani, Brendan Sweeney and Avi Saiger