Awards, Lectures & Education

John E. Sweeney

Awards and Recognition

Mr. Sweeney has received many awards including:

  • 2022 – Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame presented by State Bar of California (now administered by California Lawyers Association)
  • 2022 – Community Impact Award presented by the Los Angeles Business Journal
  • 2021 – Street Fighter of the Year Award presented by Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • 2021 – California Lawyer of the Year Award presented by the San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal newspapers.
  • 2017 – National Bar Association Trial Master Award.  This was the inaugural award given by this organization which has been in existence since 1925.
  • 2012– Leadership Award given by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition civil rights organization.


  • The Art of Storytelling in Jury Trials – California Lawyers Association Convention, San Francisco, CA (2023)
  • How to Conduct Effective Cross Examination – Los Angeles Superior Court Diversity and Inclusion Series (2022)
  • Trail Immunity in Accident Cases – Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) (2022), Las Vegas, NV
  • National Bar Association Trial Advocacy College
    › 2016 Toronto, Canada
    ›  2017 New Orleans, LA
    ›  2018 New York, NY
    ›  2022 Memphis, TN
    ›  2023 Minneapolis, MN
    2024 Las Vegas, NV
  • How to Build a Multimillion Dollar Law Practice – Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Sun Valley, ID (2018)
  • Diversity in the Legal Profession – American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) International Meeting, Barcelona, Spain (2019)
  • Effective Cross Examination – ABOTA San Francisco Chapter Masters in Trial, San Francisco, CA (2022)


  • University of Southern California – B.A. History (1973)
  • California College of Law – J.D. (1979)

Honor Societies/Bar Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – National Board Representative
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • National Bar Association (Life Member)
  • John M. Langston Bar Association (Life Member)
  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court (California, Nevada, Colorado)