Adjunct Professor of Law
Conflict Counsel, Baker Donelson
Matt Sweeney has a background in white collar criminal defense and has broad experience in complex, class-action and shareholder derivative litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Professor Sweeney’s litigation practice has focused on franchising/dealership and related antitrust matters and securities, fiduciary duty, fraud, consumer protection and municipal employee pension/benefits cases. As a mediator and arbiter, his alternative dispute resolution practice he has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases throughout the southeast. Sweeney also counsels attorneys on questions of legal ethics and professional responsibility. He is a former circuit court judge in Nashville and was presiding judge of the district's trial courts. He is the former chair of the Board of Directors of The National Judicial College. Sweeney has taught trial practice as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt Law School and civil procedure as a lecturer at the Nashville School of Law. He is a regular speaker and panelist in continuing legal education programs on trial practice, ADR, and ethics and professionalism.