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Benjamin J. Sweet

BENJAMIN J. SWEET, a founding Partner of the Firm, is a native Pittsburgher who received his juris doctor, cum laude, from ThePennsylvania State University School of Law, and his BA, cum laude, from University Scholars Program (now the Schreyer Honors College) of The Pennsylvania State University. While in law school, Ben served as Articles Editor of the Penn State Law Review, and was also awarded Best Oral Advocate and Best Team in the ATLA Mock Trial Competition.

Ben co-manages the Firm’s Disability Law practice with Bruce Carlson, where in a very short time they have achieved significant and lasting improvements on behalf of Americans living with disabilities in an array of contexts, both on an individual and a classwide basis. In addition, he is a Court-appointed member of the Litigation Committee in the In re Blue Cross-Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation MDL and a member of the Damages Committee in the Financial Institution Track of the Home Depot Data Breach Litigation.

Prior to returning to Pittsburgh to start his own practice, Ben was a partner at Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP in Philadelphia, one of the largest and most prestigious plaintiffs’ firms in the country, where he concentrated his practice exclusively in class action litigation, with an emphasis on federal securities litigation. He helped to obtain significant recoveries on behalf of class members in several nationwide class actions, including In re Tyco, Int’l Sec. Litig., No. 02-1335-B (D.N.H.) ($3.2 billion total recovery for class members, the largest ever recovery from a single corporate defendant in a federal securities action), In re Wachovia Preferred Securities and Bond/Notes Litig., No. 09-Civ. 6351 (RJS), (S.D.N.Y.) ($627 million recovery for class members) and In re CVS, Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 01-11464-JLT (D. Mass.) ($110 million recovery for class members).

Ben began his career in 2001 at Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh, where he focused on antitrust, securities and employment litigation.

Ben has been selected by his peers five times – in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 – as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyers Rising Star, a distinction bestowed annually on no more than 2.5% of Pennsylvania lawyers under the age of 40. In 2014, 2015 and 2015, he was selected as a Pennsylvania SuperLawyer.

When not practicing law, Ben is an active musician and recording artist who performs regularly with his bands Southside American and The Local. A Type I diabetic himself, Ben serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is the father of daughter Riley Grace, 14, and son William DeRose, 11.

Ben is a frequent commentator on class action litigation and disability rights issues and has been quoted in numerous national publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News & World Report.

As Ben explains:

“An important measure of any society is how it cares for its most vulnerable citizens. Americans living with disabilities are fortunate to enjoy the protections of our federal law but, sadly, more than 25 years after its enactment, in far too many facets of American life, the ADA’s protections have not yet been realized fully. As someone who has lived with Type 1 diabetes for nearly 17 years, I know first-hand the daily challenges a disability can present. As an advocate for others also living with disabilities, I view my role as that of protector; where the ADA’s protections have not been realized fully, I am there.”

Benjamin J. Sweet

Phone: 412.322.9243
Fax: 412.231.0246
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Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado

Education

  • B.A. The Pennsylvania State University (University Scholars Program)
  • J.D. The Dickinson School of Law

Representative Class Action Litigation

  • In re Tyco, Int’l Sec. Litig., No. 02-1335-B (D.N.H.) ($3.2 billion total recovery for class members, the largest ever recovery from a single corporate defendant in a federal securities action)
  • In re Wachovia Preferred Securities and Bond/Notes Litig., No. 09-Civ. 6351 (RJS), (S.D.N.Y.) ($627 million recovery for class members)
  • In re CVS, Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 01-11464-JLT (D. Mass.) ($110 million recovery for class members)
  • In re PNC Fin. Svcs. Group Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 02-CV-271 (W.D. Pa.) ($39 million recovery for class members)
  • In re McLeod USA Inc. Sec. Litig., No. C02-0001-MWB (N.D. Iowa) ($30 million recover for class members)
  • In re Wireless Facilities, Inc., Sec. Litig., 04-CV-1589 (S.D. Cal.) ($16.5 million recovery for class members)
  • In re Solectron Corp. Sec. Litig., No. C-03-0986-CRB (N.D. Cal.) ($15 million recovery for class members)
  • In re Zomax Inc. Sec. Litig. No. 04-1155 (DWF/SRN) (D. Minn.) ($9 million recovery for class members)
  • In re Michael Baker Corp. Sec. Litig., No. 08-cv-00370 (JFC) (W.D. Pa.) ($4.5 million recovery for class members)
  • In re DDi Corp. Sec. Litig., No. 03-7063-SGL (C.D. Cal.) ($4.4 million recovery for class members)
  • In re Flextronics Int, Ltd. Sec. Litig., No. C-03-2102-PJH (N.D. Cal.) ($4.25 million recovery for class members)
  • In re Thornburg Mortgage Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 07-815JB/WD, (D.N.M.) ($2 million recovery for class members)
  • In re Black Box Corp. Sec. Litig., No. 03-CV-412 (W.D. Pa.) ($2 million recovery for class members)