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Michael D. McSweeney


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Practice Overview

Michael D. McSweeney focuses in civil litigation, primarily in the areas of construction, real estate, and real estate related financial disputes.

Michael has tried numerous real estate actions in various counties’ Superior Courts, including actions involving fraud claims, contract claims, specific performance and rescission claims, title insurance claims, partition actions, and assorted easement disputes. He has represented mortgage bankers in claims against mortgage brokers and appraisers for fraudulently documented loans, and has defended banks and savings and loans against claims of predatory lending practices. He also has represented public and private entities in connection with delay damage and extra work claims on construction projects related to freeway overpasses, hydroelectric power generation facilities, publicly owned and installed underground water delivery systems, and multi-family residential improvements.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Stanford University
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • B.A. Economics,University of California, Davis


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Affiliation & Awards

Professional Activities

Michael has been a panelist on the subject of preparing witnesses for deposition and trial for the California Continuing Education of the Bar; and has been a faculty member for the University of San Francisco Law School’s Intensive Advocacy Program. He served more than 10 years on the board of directors of the San Jose Symphony, including terms as Vice-Chairman and Chairman. Michael also serves on the board of directors of the Hunter Family Foundation, a missions support organization headquartered in Morgan Hill, California. He has been named a “Northern California Super Lawyer,” as chosen by his peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine.

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Representative Experience

Michael has participated in more than 100 construction lawsuits, handling a variety of issues ranging from those surrounding single-family residences to commercial high-rises. For example, he has represented at trial a products supplier in connection with claims for contract damages associated with furnishing materials on a public school project; provided legal advice and litigation representation to a developer/builder in connection with multi-million dollar extra work claims and mechanic’s lien claims arising out of a major apartment development; represented developers/contractors in connection with millions of dollars in mechanic’s lien and stop notice claims; and represented developers, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in defect claims arising out of the construction of various types of buildings.

Michael also provides pre-construction contract preparation and during-construction claims assistance to owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.

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