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Peter Michael Sweeny

Workers compensation Attorney at Leesburg, VA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 46 years
    Virginia - VA 47 years
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1977
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1976
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Workers compensation
    Author of the Virginia Workers' Compensation Case Finder; former Chairman of the Va. Trial Lawyers Workers' Compensation Section.

    48 years

I have been representing workers injured in Virginia for over thirty years. With a statewide practice, I have represented firefighters in Fairfax, policemen and policewomen in Alexandria, poultry workers in Harrisonburg, auto workers in Dublin, factory workers in Winchester, store workers in Richmond, oyster shuckers in Tappahannock, and construction workers in Loudoun, to name a few. 

I have always worked hard for working people.

(And its "Sweeny," not "Sweeney.")


Peter M. Sweeny, Esquire, P.C.
P.O. Box 4080
Leesburg, VA, 20177


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Posted by Kara | August 14, 2012
The Best of the Best
My husband and I hired Mr. Sweeny in December 2011 to handle his worker's comp case. We had been referred to him by another local attorney and saw that he had rave reviews online. Needless to say, even with all the good things we had already heard about him, he exceeded our already high expectations. Mr. Sweeny was extremely professional and courteous and always took the time to answer all our questions - even if we asked the same questions again and again. He always made time for our emails, calls and office visits. Most importantly though his thorough knowledge of the state's worker's comp system and his handling of my husband's case was the key to us avoiding years of medical debt. Mr. Sweeny was the reason - we firmly believe - that my husband won his case. He truly cares about his clients and seeking justice on their behalf and we were so fortunate to have found him. Justice does not always prevail but it always helps to have the best attorney in your corner. We are very lucky to say we had both. I strongly urge any Virginians pursuing a worker's comp claim to hire Mr. Sweeny. You wont regret you did!
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Posted by Christina | August 10, 2011
Lawyer for Workmens Comp.
When I/we went thru a previous Workmens Comp. injury for my husband with a local lawyer, we were severely disappointed and dismayed. My Husband will never re-cover and never received any compensation. After his bitter recollection, I put my foot down and said I was going to follow through. He was not a believer! After engaging and hiring Mr. Sweeney, life was restored. My husband has a new respect for lawyers and I just wish I hired him earlier. Mr. Sweeney kept me informed every step of the way, either by mail or phone and he setteled my case. I wish I had him earlier in my corner!!!
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Posted by CALVIN | August 4, 2011
great lawyer
Posted by Kathleen | November 24, 2009
Workman's Compensation Attorney Extroadinaire
Mr. Sweeny wrote the book interpreting VA WC Law and knows it inside and out. Every available resource is thoughtfully examined and if appropriate and supported, used. No stone is left unturned. He gives 110% even when away from the area, he is reachable. Try that with your Dr.!! Every action he takes is copied to you immediately. He handles many TBI (Traumatic brain injury) cases. These are complex and the clients aren't easy to deal with. In that respect he is a "saint" with patience and understanding. I feel blessed to have had him recommended by a very knowledgeable State level Nurse Case Mgr. in Disability Mgmt. His patience is remarkable and his knowledge of the system can't be matched. He is excellance personified. An Honest Lawyer. It is my honor to be represented by this fine man.
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  • Contingency 15%-20%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Thacher Swiger Sweeny & Day
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Partner
  • Ashcraft & Gerel
  • 1984 - 1986


  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • Georgetown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United Airlines v. Hayes
  • Affirmed for the injured worker.


  • College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2018 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Attorney's Hall of Fame
  • Inductee
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Former Section Chair
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission
  • Advisor
  • 1983 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Workers' Compensation Notable People 2009
  • Larson's National Worker's Compensation Advisory Board
  • 2010
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1986


  • Virginia Workers' Compensation Case Finder
  • Workers' Compensation Case Finder-3 ed.
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • Workers' Compensation Section Retreat
  • Dealing With Case Managers & Vocational Rehabilitation
  • 2010
  • Workers' Compensation Section Retreat
  • Sweeny's Revenge Redux-Unilateral Cessation of Benefits
  • 2009
  • Workers' Compensation Section Retreat
  • Responding to Employer's Applications for Hearing-Sweeny's Revenge
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Peter
Workers compensation Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the Top Claimant's Attorneys in Virginia!"
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter at the top of his field in the area of worker's compensation. He is the lawyer other lawyers go to for advice."
Workers compensation Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Peter is a battletested attorney who fights for his clients. In my years of practice, Peter has always been an invaluable resource to consult on difficult issues in workers’ compensation cases. His knowledge base is beyond tremendous and he focuses that background on strategically addressing the issues facing his clients to their benefit."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Sweeny in the past. I always feel comfortable referring workers' compensation cases to him. His work is of the highest quality and he has an extremely professional demeanor."
Workers compensation Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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