Sweetnam LLC’s Managing Partner, William M. Sweetnam, has been in practice since 1994, concentrating in the area of class action and complex litigation. He has prosecuted hundreds of consumer, shareholder and antitrust class action in federal and state courts across the country. In addition to representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases involving both economic and non-economic injuries, Mr. Sweetnam and his firm has acted as lead counsel, co-lead counsel and has been a member of the executive and steering committees in consumer, antitrust and other class action, complex and multidistrict litigation matters.
In 2011, Mr. Sweetnam received an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell®, a 140-year-old legal directory, based on anonymous peer assessments of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. The AV® Preeminent® rating Mr. Sweetnam received is an indicator of very high general ethical standards and legal ability.
Prior to founding Sweetnam LLC in 2008, Mr. Sweetnam was a partner at a Chicago class action litigation boutique, where he perfected his skills representing victims of consumer fraud and deceptive and anti-competitive practices. Mr. Sweetnam has extensive litigation experience in a variety of nationwide class actions in state and federal courts alleging violations of consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices statutes, breach of warranty and violations of federal securities laws, shareholder derivative suits and appeals.
Mr. Sweetnam began his career as a class action and complex litigation practitioner with Schiffrin & Craig, Ltd. (now Barroway Topaz Kessler Meltzer & Check, LLP), one of the largest class action law firms in the United States, where he was part of a team of lawyers involved in prosecuting class actions challenging abusive marketing practices in several areas involving life insurance and annuities. These cases led to class settlements valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, and sometimes even billions of dollars, with such major life insurance companies as Prudential, Met Life, John Hancock, New York Life, State Farm, American Express/IDS, Transamerica, and many others, as well as to numerous changes in industry sales practices.
Mr. Sweetnam continued his career at one of Chicago’s oldest and most respected class action litigation firms, Krislov & Associates, Ltd., where he represented consumers and investors engaged in an array of nationwide class actions in state and federal courts involving everything from consumer fraud to breach of warranty and securities and shareholder derivative lawsuits and appeals.
Mr. Sweetnam began his career as a lawyer representing plaintiffs in catastrophic injury cases in 1994. In 1995, he began defending corporate, insurance industry and insurance policyholder clients.
Mr. Sweetnam is a graduate of The University of Michigan and the De Paul University College of Law where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law and was a member of the Journal of Art and Entertainment Law. He has written and lectured on class actions and class action litigation reform. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Mr. Sweetnam was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is married with three children, and resides in Lake Forest, Illinois.
For additional information about Mr. Sweetnam, you may download a copy of the Sweetnam LLC Firm Resume.