Pat Sweeney is a partner with Thompson Hine LLP’s Construction and Real Estate practice groups. His transactional construction practice involves negotiation and preparation of construction and design professional agreements and project management and risk counseling on a variety of projects, such as regional shopping malls, industrial projects, offices, hotels, convention centers and major sports venues such as MLB parks, NFL stadiums, NBA arenas and NHL arenas. He has prepared and negotiated agreements on behalf of owners, contractors, architects and engineers. A significant portion of his practice also includes commercial real estate development, including purchases and sales, financing and leasing.

Pat has lectured extensively on construction contracting issues with a variety of trade groups, the American Arbitration Association, the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Bar Association. He assisted in the facilitation of the Ohio Construction Reform Panel and in drafting the new legislation for the Ohio Construction Reform Law.

  • Contributing author of the Baldwin’s Ohio Construction Law Manual, WEST/Thomson Reuters, February 2009
  • Co-author, “Contractor Licensing Law,” in The Architect’s Guide to Design-Build Services (American Institute of Architects 2003 ed.)
  • “Coverage Won’t Come Cheap, But It’s Essential,” Crain’s Cleveland Business, August 12-18, 2002
  • “BIM/Integrated Project Delivery” section of “AIA Contracts and Beyond,” Lorman Seminar, Cleveland, May 14, 2009
  • ”Construction Lending from the Ground Up,” American Bar Association, Boston Program, October 2004
  • “Insurance, Bonds and Indemnifications for Construction Projects,” Sterling Education Seminars, October 2004
  • “Selected Construction Insurance,” 2003 ICSC Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Symposium, June 20, 2003
  • “When Casualty Strikes Your Construction Project: Insurance and Workout Issues,” American Bar Association, Washington D.C., 2002
  • “Key Clauses in Construction Contracts and Architectural Agreements,” Ohio Bar Association, July 2001
  • “Selected Issues in Construction Contracts,” Cleveland Bar Association, June 2000
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Construction Law), 2003 to 2015; named Lawyer of the Year in 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, 2004 to present
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction, Ohio, 2010 to present
  • Listed in Legal 500, Construction, 2011, 2014-2017, 2019

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