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16Apr 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental restrictions requiring closure of its physical office locations in Philadelphia, PA and Westmont, NJ, Sweeney & Sheehan implemented its business continuation plan and instituted a remote working policy to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, colleagues and clients. Sweeney & Sheehan’s strategic planning efforts included significant capital investments in technology to permit continued and uninterrupted service to our clients.

Sweeney & Sheehan remains fully operational and continues to serve the needs of its clients. Our attorneys and staff have computers and secure access to our files and can be reached via telephone and e-mail. Until restrictions to our physical offices are permitted, Sweeney & Sheehan requests that all external communications be sent electronically to ensure that they are received and responded to promptly and efficiently.

The Sweeney & Sheehan management committee is continuously monitoring information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic provided by the CDC, the Federal government, and the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Philadelphia Departments of Health, and will provide updates about the status of its operations.

06Mar 2020

Sweeney & Sheehan is pleased to announce the election of Denise Montgomery to firm partnership. Denise focuses her practice in the area of construction defect, representing prime contractors and sub-contractors in complex construction defect claims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also has extensive expertise in the areas of employment law, professional liability, and general liability.

26Oct 2019

Sweeney & Sheehan partners Robyn Farrell McGrath and J. Michael Kunsch presented at the 2019 USLAW Retail and Hospitality Law Exchange. Mr. McGrath presented on Fair Workweek legislation being enacted across the country. Her presentation, entitled “Big Brother as Referee: Don’t Strike Out with Fair Pay,” discussed the trend in major cities including Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, to enact scheduling and minimum pay statutes impacting the retail, fast food and hospitality industries. Mr. Kunsch participated on a panel discussion about combatting national discovery requests and their effect on defense costs and resolution of claims in the retail and hospitality industry.

26Oct 2019

Sweeney & Sheehan partner Robyn Farrell McGrath won a Rule 12 dismissal of a civil rights case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In dismissing the claims brought by the Estates of two minors who were killed in an arson fire against a youth services organization of which the children’s family was a client, the Court found that the Estates had failed to state a claim for violation of the rights to procedural and substantive due process.

21May 2019

Sweeney & Sheehan partner J. Michael Kunsch obtained a defense verdict in a product liability case following three days of trial before Judge Mariani in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiff claimed injury resulting from an alleged defect in a stepladder. The defense established that the ladder was not defective and did not cause the incident.

21May 2019

Sweeney & Sheehan partner Barbara O’Connell gave a presentation at the 2019 USLAW Spring Client Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The session, Insurance Coverage in the #MeToo Age, presented an overview of ongoing insurance coverage litigation involving sexual abuse and harassment claims, including litigation involving Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Jerry Sandusky and the athletic department Penn State. The session also addressed how these insurance disputes affect the defense and ultimate resolution of cases, best practices for corporations and carriers facing such claims, and the overall impact of these cases on the insurance industry.