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Member Profile: Matt Sweeney

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Baker Donelson PC

211 Commerce Street, Suite 800
Nashville, TN 37201
Email: Click for email

Tel: (615) 726-5774
Fax: (615) 744-5774

TN Chapter:

Matt Sweeney regularly travels out of state to Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master


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Calendar Last Updated: 5 Dec 18
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Matt Sweeney has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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Matt Sweeney is a business trial and appellate lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Sweeney is a former Circuit Court Judge in Nashville and was Presiding Judge of the district's Trial Courts.  Mr. Sweeney has a background in white collar criminal defense. He has broad experience in complex, class action and shareholder derivative litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States. His litigation practice is varied, but is primarily concentrated in franchising/dealership (and related antitrust), securities, fiduciary duty, fraud, consumer protection and municipal employee pension/benefits cases. In his ADR practice he has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases throughout the southeast.


  • National Judicial College, General Jurisdiction Program, 1987
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Seton Hall University, B.A., 1973, cum laude
  • Memberships & Affiliations

    • Former Circuit Court Judge and Presiding Judge
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2005, Franchise Law since 2006 and Administrative Law since 2008
    • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers 2010
    • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (2005, 2006)
    • Listed in "The Best of the Bar," Nashville Business Journal (2008) 
    • Member, Nashville Bar Association (Board of Directors, 1993-1995) 
    • Member, Tennessee Bar Association, Professional Standards Study Committee (1995-1999); Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (Vice-Chair) (2000-2006)
    • Member, American Bar Association - Litigation, Antitrust Sections; Forum Committee on Franchising
    • Chair - Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (1995-1997)
    • Chair, Merit Selection Panel, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee (2007)
    • Recipient, Baker Donelson Nashville Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2007, 2009)
    • Vanderbilt University Law School
      Former Faculty Member - Corporate and Securities Law Institute (ADR)
      Former Coach - National Trial Competition Team
      Former Adjunct Faculty Member - Trial Practice
    • Nashville School of Law, former Lecturer, Civil Procedure
    • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation (former Trustee)
    • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
    • Master Bencher, Executive Committee Member, Harry Phillips American Inns of Court
    • Member, ADR Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
    • Member, Arbitration Panel for U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
    • Approved Mediator, Tennessee Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Member, American Arbitration Association, Mediation and Arbitration Panels (Commercial, Employment, Sports Law)
    • Rates

      Please call our office for details - (615) 726-5774


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      Matt Sweeney is a member of our TN chapter, Tennessee Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators, the state's premier roster of preeminent neutrals. The TAMA profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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