In Memorium – Donald J. P. Sweeney – 1938-2021Please Click Here
30Dec 2014

In a case where a sexual harassment plaintiff who was allegedly raped by her immediate supervisor accepted an offer of judgment approximately one-tenth of her settlement demand, plaintiff’s counsel filed a fee petition seeking more than $1.2 in attorneys’ fees. Firm partner, Robyn McGrath, successfully argued to the court that the plaintiff’s attorneys’ engaged in double billing, billing for unnecessary work, and overcharging for almost every task.

In view of the fact that the court had granted summary judgment on five of the six claims contained in the Complaint, leaving only a hostile work environment claim, the court also accepted the defense argument that Plaintiff had achieved only “limited success” and should obtain only a reduced fee as a result. McGrath also successfully argued that most of the costs incurred by plaintiffs’ counsel for consultation of a litigation support company for deposition preparation and “mock cross examination” were gratuitous and patently unreasonable. The court slashed the fee petition, awarding plaintiff’s counsel only $79,000 in fees for more than two years of contentious litigation. Plaintiff accepted the award and did not
appeal.

Donald J. P. Sweeney, Esquire

1938-2021

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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