John Parker Sweeney

Attorney at Law
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Class Actions and Mass Torts often involve “bet the company” risks. John Parker Sweeney’s more than 30 years experience defending major Class Actions and Mass Torts involving Product Liability, Consumer Protection, Environmental, and Toxic Tort cases allows him to tailor an appropriate litigation response for any company to meet those types of high stakes risks. He regularly serves as national counsel, creating and supervising comprehensive defense strategies in Class Actions and Mass Tort cases across the country.

John’s effectivenss and national prominence as a defense lawyer for businesses in Class Actions and Mass Torts was recognized by his peers when he was elected as an officer of DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar. John will serve as President of the 22,000 member association of corporate defense lawyers in 2014.

A nationally-recognized "Expert on Experts," John relies on his relationships with internationally renowned technical, scientific, and medical experts, as well as his thorough understanding of the rules and procedures governing expert testimony in both Daubert and Frye jurisdictions to protect his clients from scientifically unfounded claims and unqualified plaintiffs' experts, securing precedent-setting decisions excluding junk science from the courtroom.

John has had many years of experience in Government Investigation work beginning with his years at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission. Since then, in addition to responding to SEC investigations, he has been involved in investigations and other compliance actions involving a number of federal and state law enforcement agencies. He is particularly experienced in handling Consumer Product Safety reporting, recalls and corrective actions before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and in advising clients on compliance with the far-reaching new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and the Consumer Product Safety Information Database.