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James Sweeney’s practice is focused on admiralty law, insurance law, and general civil litigation.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007


  • St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York
    • J.D. - 00/1979
  • Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
    • B.A. - 00/1976

Honors and Awards:

  • Chambers Global List of Leading Lawyers (Shipping: Litigation); Named as one of New York's "Super Lawyers" Metro Edition (Transportation/Maritime) [current]

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Member
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Member
  • American Association of Average Adjusters, Associate Member


  • Rotterdam Rules: the immediate past and future, Chinese Journal of Maritime Law, Vol. 27, No. 1, March 2016