Charles T. Sweeny has dedicated his career to fighting for the powerless against the powerful. Mr. Sweeny’s clients rely on him to exercise judgment when it comes to decisions that impact their legal rights. Each action that he takes is informed by the answer to one question: will this decision advance the interests of my client and improve the working conditions of employees? Although nothing is certain in life, and especially in law, Mr. Sweeny has used that guiding philosophy to secure millions of dollars in relief for underpaid and underrepresented employees throughout the State of California.
Mr. Sweeny’s expertise is in complex class actions and Private Attorneys General Act proceedings. He began his career prosecuting lawsuits against the country’s most powerful companies and their executives for violations of consumer, antitrust, and securities laws. In 2020, he pivoted to employment law and joined Lawyers for Justice, PC. Mr. Sweeny has litigated more than a hundred cases in State and Federal Courts in California and the District of Columbia, and has been appointed certified class counsel to represent non-exempt employees for underpayment of wages and penalties. Additionally, he has successfully litigated appeals, including appeals that have resulted in binding California legal precedent that enhances employees’ rights in certified class actions.
Mr. Sweeny earned his undergraduate degree at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and his law degree at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he was the recipient of multiple honors and awards. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Cathy L. Waldor in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Mr. Sweeny is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice in several federal courts including the District of Columbia.
- JD, University of San Francisco School of Law
- BA, Loyola Marymount University
- Judicial Extern to the Honorable Cathy L. Waldor, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey
- Pro Bono Publico Gold Award (2018)
- CALI Award for Excellence (4-time recipient)