Matthew J. Sweeney  III - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Matthew J. Sweeney III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Matt Sweeney, shareholder in the Firm's Nashville office, is a business trial and appellate lawyer and dispute resolution neutral. Mr. Sweeney, who was initially trained in white collar criminal defense, has broad trial and appellate experience in complex, class action and shareholder derivative litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States, with a concentration in franchising and related antitrust, securities, fraud and fiduciary duty, consumer protection and employee benefits cases. Mr. Sweeney also counsels attorneys on questions of legal ethics and professional responsibility of lawyers. Mr. Sweeney is a former Circuit Court Judge in Nashville and was Presiding Judge of the district's Trial Courts. As a judge, he tried more than 150 jury trials during the four years he served on the bench. When appointed to the court, Matt Sweeney was the youngest trial judge in Tennessee.

Seton Hall UniversityBA 1973Vanderbilt University School of LawJ.D. 1976

Case History

Representative Business and Complex Litigation Matters
  • Lead litigation, trial and appellate counsel for national disaster restoration franchisor in series of major franchise cases throughout the United States.
  • Lead litigation and appellate counsel for regional hospitality franchisor in series of major franchise cases throughout the Southeastern United States.
  • Trial and appellate counsel for local government in series of pension and employee benefits cases; lead defense counsel in a change of control benefits case following corporate merger.
  • Lead counsel for defendant directors in state derivative action arising from merger of Canadian public company.
  • Co-counsel in defense of shareholder derivative action arising from merger of Tennessee public company.
  • Co-counsel for underwriter defendants in federal securities class action.
  • Co-counsel for defendant directors in federal securities class and state/federal derivative actions arising from adverse stock performance of an insurance company.
  • Co-counsel for defendant equity fund investor in federal securities class and related state derivative action related to acquisition.
  • Co-counsel for acquiring company defendant in state shareholder class action breach of fiduciary duty case.
  • Lead counsel in minority shareholder oppression case.
  • Co-lead defense counsel in complex corporate veil piercing and fraud case.
  • Lead counsel in case to remove local elected official from office.

Client Comments

"Matt Sweeney does excellent work!"

-Sue Cain
Metropolitan Nashville, Department of Law

Office Location

Baker Donelson Center, Suite 800
211 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN 37201
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration of the Nashville Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Franchise Law of the Nashville Metro Area
Matthew J. Sweeney III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Matthew J. Sweeney III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law (Litigation, Neutral)
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Appellate, Business Disputes, Complex Litigation, Fiduciary Duties, Franchise, Securities, Stockholders' Suits)
Franchise Law (Litigation)
Litigation - Securities