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Brendan Sweeney

Principal
New York Metro
Long Island

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

Biography

Brendan Sweeney is a Principal 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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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

April 9, 2019
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Brendan Sweeney Comments on Implications of the DOL's Proposed Joint Employer Regulation Change

April 9, 2019

Brendan Sweeney comments on the implications of the proposed joint employer regulation change announced by the U.S. Department of Labor in "Joint employer rule provides clarity but may be overturned by court," published by Business Insurance.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

April 4, 2019
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Brendan Sweeney Comments on the Proposed Rule Change to the Joint Employer Standard

April 4, 2019

Brendan Sweeney comments on the implications of the DOL issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise and clarify the joint employer rule in "Who Benefits From Proposed Joint Employer Rule Change?" published by Hotel Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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July 9, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup – 2018-2019

July 9, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended in June 2019 included decisions on many topics important to workplace law, including class actions, arbitration, and administrative exhaustion and Title VII claims. Class Actions, Arbitration The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary,... Read More

June 28, 2019

Federal Arbitration Act Preempts New York’s Bar on Agreements to Arbitrate Sexual Harassment Claims, Court Rules

June 28, 2019

An agreement to arbitrate sexual harassment claims is enforceable pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), federal Judge Denise Cote has ruled, rejecting arguments that New York law voids such an agreement. Latif v. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, et al., No. 1:18-cv-11528 (S.D.N.Y. June 26, 2019). While many thought that laws in... Read More

June 19, 2019

Time for a Checkup on Independent Workforce Arrangements

June 19, 2019

The legal rules applicable to the “gig” economy continue to evolve. In the past year, there have been significant legal developments and trends that create both new risks and new opportunities. Companies that use independent workforce arrangements need to keep up. This article highlights some of these legal developments and trends.... Read More

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Federal Court: Federal Arbitration Act Preempts New York Law Banning Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims
July 3, 2019

According to the Southern District of New York, the Federal Arbitration Act preempts the recently enacted New York State law that bars arbitration agreements of sexual harassment cases.   To read a complete analysis of one of the first decisions to rule on this issue, click here.… Read More

U.S. Supreme Court: Employment Class Arbitration Must Be Expressly Addressed in Contract
April 25, 2019

Class action arbitration is such a departure from ordinary, bilateral arbitration of individual disputes that courts may compel class action arbitration only where the parties expressly declare their intention to be bound by such actions in their arbitration agreement, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 decision. Lamps Plus, Inc. Read More

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