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  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1982, cum laude
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Neal Sweeney
Partner
One Midtown Plaza, Suite 1030
1360 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.870.7516 tel
646.735.6922 tel
404.870.7571 fax

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Neal Sweeney is a partner on the firm’s Construction practice team, based in the Atlanta office. He has been serving the construction industry for 30 years, focusing exclusively on construction law and government contracts with extensive experience on major infrastructure and P3 projects, such as, transit, airports, highways, wastewater treatment, and tunnels. He is also involved in energy and industrial projects, involving clean technology such as hydro, solar, wind, geothermal, integrated gasification combined cycle, and landfill gas.  

Throughout his career, Mr. Sweeney has successfully negotiated contracts for engineering, design-build, O&M, and equipment equaling billions of dollars. He also provides legal support throughout the life of a project, focusing on risk mitigation and real time dispute resolution, representing contractors, designers, and public and private owners. 

Some of his most noteworthy litigation efforts have been his participation in the trials of various large and complex construction disputes in court and in arbitration, and before federal boards of contract appeals involving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, GSA, the VA, and other federal agencies.

Before joining Jones Walker LLP, Mr. Sweeney practiced at the Atlanta office of an Am Law 100 firm, where he was a partner on both the Construction and Infrastructure and the Water and  Wastewater teams.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Sweeney has edited or coauthored more than 25 books on construction law and regularly contributes to industry publications. He frequently lectures for various construction industry organizations and educational institutions, including AGC, ACEC, ARTBA, NACWA, DBIA, Georgia Tech, Stanford University, and the University of Florida.

Noteworthy

  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Construction Law (listed annually since 2009) 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Construction Law and Litigation - Construction (listed annually since 2007)
  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2009-2014)
  • Listed in The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers (2010)
  • Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers in the areas of Construction Litigation (2004-2017) and Government Contracts (2009)
  • Named a Leading Lawyer (2014-2017) by Legal 500 US and recommended in the area of Real Estate and Construction Law (2010-2012, 2014-2017)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Matters

  • Represented the construction manager in the resolution of multimillion dollars in claims related to alleged defective design on a $300 million performing arts center project.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 design/build/operate/maintain contractor for a heavy rail mass transit system in the Caribbean. Case is pending.
  • Represented one of the largest industrial and energy companies in the world in extensive contract negotiations of an EPC contract for a clean energy project in the Southwest United States valued at $2.5 billion and a companion $1.1 billion, 15-year O&M contract. The project involved cutting edge clean-coal technology. Although a project finance deal, the project is also partially funded through Federal grant funds. As a result, the contract negotiations also involved accommodating extensive US Department of Energy requirements and contract clauses.
  • Represented an international construction company in claims against the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Seven Oaks Dam in Southern California.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest suppliers of hydroelectric equipment. Dispute involved claims exceeding $30 million among the owner, designer, equipment supplier, and contractor.
  • Represented an at risk construction manager company in a case involving a high-rise hospital in Los Angeles impacted by the Northridge Earthquake.

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Publications

  • Contributing Author, "Southeast Region," 2017 Construction Law Update
    Wolters Kluwer, 2017
  • Co-Editor, 2016 Construction Law Update
    Wolters Kluwer, 2016

Memberships

  • American Arbitration Association (Member; National Panel of Arbitrators)
  • American Bar Association (Member; Forum Committee, Construction Industry and the Public Contract Law Section)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Member; Chair 2010-2011, Construction Law Section)
  • Design-Build Institute of America (Past President, Southeast Chapter)
  • State Bar of Georgia