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Product Liability

SWEENEY & SHEEHAN’s experience and expertise in the defense of product liability claims has been a hallmark of the Firm since its inception in 1971. Our clients include domestic and foreign manufacturers and sellers, both insured and self-insured, of diverse products, including power tools, household appliances, recreational equipment, consumer goods, amusement rides, bicycles, industrial machinery, commercial motor vehicles, personal mobility products and HVAC equipment. Our attorneys have successfully defended these products, not only in the State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but across the United States.

A specialty within the Firm’s product liability practice is the investigation and defense of claims involving fires and explosions. In these and other matters, our attorneys assist clients with early investigation of these incidents and coordinate the retention of experts. Our lawyers are experienced in fire scene investigations and relevant standards which govern such investigations, including NFPA 921.

SWEENEY & SHEEHAN also serves as National and Regional Counsel for many of our clients. In that capacity, our lawyers provide advice to clients concerning product liability related issues on a national basis. Our lawyers frequently lecture on product liability issues, including the admissibility of expert testimony, spoliation of evidence, evidentiary and discovery issues and trial strategy.

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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