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Civil Rights Litigation

SWEENEY & SHEEHAN has a wealth of experience in defending civil rights claims brought under 42 U.S.C. §1981, 1983 and 1985 against state and local agencies and other public entities in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We have successfully litigated a diverse spectrum of civil rights claims, including claims arising from alleged excessive use of force by police departments, prisoner civil rights, deprivation or termination from public employment, child custody and First Amendment claims. We have aggressively defended these cases while respecting the special needs and interests of our public sector clients.

Donald J. P. Sweeney, Esquire


Sweeney & Sheehan mourns the loss of its founder, Donald J.P. Sweeney, Esquire, on June 8, 2021. He was a proud graduate of St. Athanasius Catholic School, St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Villanova University and Temple Law School. He practiced law for nearly 40 years, and founded Sweeney & Sheehan in 1971. He was active litigator and he specialized in catastrophic product liability cases. Don supported his children's activities, serving as soccer coach at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church and President of the CYO. He was a lector for nearly 48 years and a member of the choir. He was an active supporter of St. Joseph's Prep and was awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1999 and the Rev. Charles Schnorr, SJ '37 Service Award in 2005. He retired from the practice of law in 2004.

Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann, his children, Shannon, Patrick, Daniel, Gerard and Suzanne, and ten grandchildren.

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