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Brendan Sweeney

Senior Counsel

New York
Direct: (212) 218-5275
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Brendan Sweeney is Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office.  Mr. Sweeney represents and advises clients in all aspects of labor and employment law.  He has significant experience defending management in a wide range of discrimination, harassment and wage and hour matters. Mr. Sweeney also has significant experience litigating matters related to restrictive covenants, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets.  He is an active member in the firm’s Retail, Wage & Hour and Complex Discrimination Litigation practice groups.
 
After leaving Seyfarth in 2005, Mr. Sweeney was an in-house lawyer for 12 years, most recently as Global Head of Litigation for Luxottica Group.  In that role, Mr. Sweeney managed a team of lawyers that supported a diverse global company, including a significant retail business (LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Oakley and Pearle Vision), several significant wholesale businesses, manufacturing and ecommerce.  Mr. Sweeney coordinated the defense of government investigations,  class actions and managed a large portfolio of litigation.  Mr. Sweeney also developed innovative programs aimed at deriving value from relationships with law firms and a Recovery Litigation program that resulted in significant revenue for Luxottica. 
 
Brendan Sweeney is Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s New York office.  Mr. Sweeney represents and advises clients in all aspects of labor and employment law.  He has significant experience defending management in a wide range of discrimination, harassment and wage and hour matters. Mr. Sweeney also has significant experience litigating matters related to restrictive covenants, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets.  He is an active member in the firm’s Retail, Wage & Hour and Complex Discrimination Litigation practice groups.
 
After leaving Seyfarth in 2005, Mr. Sweeney was an in-house lawyer for 12 years, most recently as Global Head of Litigation for Luxottica Group.  In that role, Mr. Sweeney managed a team of lawyers that supported a diverse global company, including a significant retail business (LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut, Oakley and Pearle Vision), several significant wholesale businesses, manufacturing and ecommerce.  Mr. Sweeney coordinated the defense of government investigations,  class actions and managed a large portfolio of litigation.  Mr. Sweeney also developed innovative programs aimed at deriving value from relationships with law firms and a Recovery Litigation program that resulted in significant revenue for Luxottica. 
 

Education

  • J.D., Villanova Law School, magna cum laude (1997)

  • B.A., St. John Fisher College, magna cum laude (1992)

Admissions

  • New York