Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney

Columbia, Maryland

Professional Experience

Paul Sweeney is a member with over 20 years experience in complex chapter 11 bankruptcy and commercial litigation. His experience includes an emphasis on bankruptcy reorganization, bankruptcy litigation, business litigation, out of court restructurings and workouts, receiverships and related insolvency litigation in state and federal courts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He has served as a bankruptcy trustee for the Office of the U.S. Trustee in the Greenbelt and Baltimore Divisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland. He is admitted to practice in all trial courts in the state and federal courts of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Sweeney is a past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland and a past member of the Board of Directors. He is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy law and related litigation.  He is recognized as preeminent in his field by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers and a Super Lawyer in the area of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights.

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1989
  • Virginia, 1992
  • District of Columbia, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1990
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1992
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1991


  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    • B.A. - 1986


  • Speaker, “Serving the Insolvent or Bankrupt Client and Getting Paid”, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts
  • Ad Hoc Instructor, Creditors Rights, University of Maryland School of Law
  • Guest Lecturer, Business Law, Johns Hopkins University
  • Guest Lecturer, Litigation, Villa Julie College

Honors and Awards

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2007 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • Top Attorneys in Maryland, Baltimore Magazine, 2011 and 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bankruptcy Bar Association, District of Maryland, Past President
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Member
  • Virginia State Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
  • Walter Chandler American Inn of Court

Past Employment Positions

  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Partner, 1999 - 2009
  • Linowes and Blocher LLP, Associate, 1991 - 1998
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, Panel Trustee, Chapter 7, 1998 - 2002
  • Hon. Paul Mannes, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland, Law Clerk, 1990 - 1991
  • Hon. Donald Gilmore, Circuit Court, Carroll County, MD, Law Clerk, 1989 - 1990