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Robyn Farrell McGrath

Shareholder
robyn.mcgrath@sweeneyfirm.com
Phone: (215)-963-2485
Facsimile: (215)-557-0999


Biography

Robyn Farrell McGrath serves on the Firm’s Management Committee. Ms. McGrath has successfully tried cases and argued appeals in the State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She handles a wide variety of litigation matters, including general liability, employment, education and civil rights, professional liability and dram shop cases. Her clients have included individuals, small and mid-size businesses, and Fortune 50 corporations, as well as public sector and charitable entities.

Ms. McGrath has extensive experience representing both for-profit and non-profit human services organizations in matters involving abuse and neglect, negligent hiring, professional negligence and related claims. She has defended residential facilities such as group homes, overnight camps and special education schools in cases of alleged sexual assault of clients by staff and third parties. She has also represented adult and child day care programs, foster care programs, mental health counseling facilities, schools, nursing homes and a variety of other human services organizations. Ms. McGrath is frequently consulted at the pre-suit stage, conducting initial investigations on behalf of clients to gather and preserve evidence and, when appropriate, to assist in resolving matters prior to litigation.

In addition to her work in the human services area, Ms. McGrath has defended employers in all manner of employment disputes, ranging from contractual disputes and non-competes to claims of employment discrimination and sexual harassment. She handles cases from the administrative stage and has appeared before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has also counseled clients in dealing with challenging employment issues and has reviewed employee manuals and other policies on behalf of clients to insure consistency and compliance.

Ms. McGrath is the former Chair of the USLAW Women’s Connection. She is a frequent lecturer to clients, insurance professionals and attorneys on a wide variety of topics from how to handle a whistleblower employee to trial techniques and settlement evaluations. She has been published in national publications, such as For the Defense and USLAW Magazine. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations.

Education

American University — B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 1985
Villanova University School of Law — J.D., 1989

Bar Admission

  • Pennsylvania — 1989
  • New Jersey — 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit — 1996
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania — 1991
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania — 2003
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey — 1990

Representative Presentations

Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers, USLAW Women’s Connection

Keys to the Keystone State: Navigating Wage and Hour Laws in Pennsylvania, USLAW Virtual Fall Conference

Charitable Immunity in New Jersey, Client Presentation

Paid Leave Laws Impacting Employers Nationwide, USLAW Fall Conference

Gender Differences in the Legal Arena, Webinar

Mindreading 101: The Family Medical Leave Act for Managers, USLAW Women’s Connection

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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