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Michael J.D. Sweeney

Michael J.D. Sweeney

Getman & Sweeney, PLLC

New Paltz, NY, USA


Michael J.D. Sweeney is a partner in Getman & Sweeney, PLLC in New Paltz, NY.  Getman & Sweeney represents employees in federal court around the nation, litigating state and federal wage-and-hour issues such as the fluctuating work week, misclassification, the motor carrier act exemption, and illegal wage deductions.  A former human rights advocate and professor, Mike’s practice focuses on recovering back wages in class and collective actions.  He is a member of the bar of the State of New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the Central District of Illinois, the Southern and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, the District of Columbia, the Northern District of California, and the Middle District of Florida.   He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Federal Court of Claims. 

Mike’s interest in advocating for employees’ rights developed from a history of legal reform work.  In addition to his labor and employment work, Mike has worked extensively on judicial reform issues, including in roles such as Legal Counsel to the New York State Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections (a/k/a the Feerick Commission), Chair of the N.Y. State Bar Association Subcommittee on Town & Village Justice Courts, member of the New York State Bar Association’s Special Committee on Court Structure and Judicial Selection, and Commissioner on the Independent Judicial Qualifications Evaluation Commission for New York’s Third Judicial District.  He is currently a director for the Fund for Modern Courts.  In his academic career as the founding fellow of the Joseph R. Crowley Program in International Human Rights and a Professor at Fordham Law School, Mike focused on international human rights.  During that time he worked extensively with Human Rights First (formerly known as the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and led human rights investigations around the world.  He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Crowley Program. 

Mike regularly speaks on wage-and-hour issues and is an active member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. He has contributed to numerous publications as an author, contributing author, or editor.  Publications include: Significant Legal Developments in Wage & Hour Law, NELA Spring 2013 Seminar, Chicago, IL; Communication with Potential Opt-Ins in a FLSA Collective Action, the American Law Institute, Sante Fe, New Mexico, July 2012; Communication with Potential Opt-ins in a FLSA Collective Action, NELA 2012 Annual Convention, San Diego, California; Judicial Professionalism in a New Era of Judicial Selection, 36 Mercer Law review 859 (2004); Detention at Guantanamo Bay: A Linguistic Challenge to Law, Human Rights Magazine (Winter 2003); Impunity in Guatemala: The State’s Failure to Provide Justice in the Massacre Cases, 16 American University International Law Review 1115 (2001); and Justice on Trial: State Security Courts, Police Impunity, and the Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Turkey, 22 Fordham International Law Journal 2129 (1999).

Mike is a graduate of Fordham Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Fordham Law Review and a former clerk to the Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi, U.S. District Judge, S.D.N.Y.

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