Paul H. Sweeney, our firm’s principal, obtained his B.A. cum laude from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Sweeney served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California.  In that capacity, he specialized in appellate litigation for the State of California before the California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court, federal United States District Court, and the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Mr. Sweeney also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the federal Central District of California, based in Los Angeles. In that capacity, he investigated violations of federal laws, decided whether or not to prepare criminal indictments concerning such violations, and presented such indictments to federal grand juries.  He worked closely with federal law enforcement agencies, including although not limited to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, United States Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Mr. Sweeney's jurisdiction covered the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. 

Mr. Sweeney represented the United States government in cases he tried before the United States District Court, as well as arguing the United States government's position in appellate litigation before the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Matters he so handled included violations of federal law occurring in financial institutions, such as banks and savings and loan associations, including embezzlement, other theft, and false statements made concerning financial transactions; violations of the United States Internal Revenue Code; criminal activity crossing state lines or making use of interstate commerce or communications; counterfeiting and distributing United States currency; illegal manufacturing and distributing of drugs and other controlled substances; crimes occurring on federal property or directed against federal officers; and offenses violating federal laws governing the United States mail, including schemes designed to defraud consumers by making use of the United States mail.  These examples are only representative. 

Mr. Sweeney opened his private practice to make available to the public the skills he developed investigating, settling, and if necessary litigating and trying in court all manner of civil and criminal cases.

Mr. Sweeney is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, the United States Supreme Court, the federal Central District of California and Northern District of California, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court.

Martindale-Hubbell, a company that impartially rates attorneys nationwide, rates Mr. Sweeney “A” for skill and ability and “V” for very high ethics, the highest ratings available.  Martindale-Hubbell defines AV® as meaning that the attorney in question is "one of relatively few who have reached the height of professional excellence and have the highest levels of skill and integrity."  Relatively few attorneys attain an AV® rating.


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