Brian J McSweeney

Brian J McSweeney

Managing Partner
Location:
San Mateo, California
Phone:
650-242-4884
877-312-9694 (Toll Free)
Fax:
650-212-0081
Email:

 Professional Highlights

  • 28 years of experience as a licensed California attorney with areas of practice including civil litigation, business and corporate law, insurance matters, insurance defense, real estate transactions and estate and trust administration.
  • Received the highest possible rating under Martindale-Hubbell's AV peer review system for both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, and has been selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers.
  • Managing Partner of a Peninsula law firm of over 25 employees that maintained the highest rating (AV) among California law firms and has served as outside General Counsel for a substantial number of business organizations.
  • General Counsel for The McGraw Group of affiliated Companies for 15 years and successfully managed internal operations and complex legal matters, significant operational contracts, 3,000 first and third party litigation actions, joint venture relationships, and litigation regarding insurance, business and real estate matters.
  • General Counsel/EVP/and ultimately, President of The McGraw Group of Affiliated Companies which produced the following:
    • Double digit ROE
    • Loss ratio lower than 15 points on average than the total P&C US Insurance Companies Industry Composite as depicted in AM Bests Aggregates and averages
    • Grew surplus from $40M to $200M while distributing over $160M to the companies' shareholders
    • Ensured that the insurance company maintained an A (excellent) rating per A.M. Best based on the company's capitalization and liquidity

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Business Corporate
  • 30% Real Estate
  • 30% Estate Planning, Probate and Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • California Department of Insurance Broker Agent License
  • California Department of Insurance Adjuster License

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1987
  • Supreme Court of California, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1988

Education

  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • Juris Doctorate - 1986
  • University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1982

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell's AV rating
  • Northern California Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Football League Player Association, Certified Representative, 1983 - 1988
  • San Mateo County Bar Association (Member, Insurance, Real, Estate, Business Law and Probate Sections)
  • Executive Council, Business Law Committee San Mateo County Bar Association , 1992 - 1996
  • St. Thomas More Society of San Mateo County, Founding Member and Committee Chair
  • Serves on Several Boards of Directors of California Corporations
  • Served on Board of Directions of Pacific Specialty Insurance Company, 2000 - 2012
  • California Department of Insurance Broker Agent License
  • California Department of Insurance Adjuster License
  • Court Appointed Judicial Arbitrator, San Mateo County Municipal and Superior Courts
  • Court Appointed Judicial Mediator, San Mateo County Municipal and Superior Courts
  • San Mateo County Bar Association (Member, Insurance, Real, Estate, Business Law and Probate Sections)
  • American Bar Association , Member
  • Certified Contract Advisor, National Football League Players Association , 1983 - 1998

Past Employment Positions

  • The McGraw Group of Affiliated Companies, Menlo Park, President & General Counsel , 2009 - 2012
  • The McGraw Group of Affiliated Companies, Menlo Park, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Treasurer , 2000 - 2009
  • The McGraw Group of Affiliated Companies, Menlo Park, Vice President & General Counsel , 1998 - 2000
  • Anderlini, Finkelstein, Emerick & McSweeney, APC, San Mateo, Managing Partner, 1994 - 1998
  • Anderlini, Finkelstein, Emerick & McSweeney, APC, San Mateo, Partner
  • Anderlini, Finkelstein, Emerick & McSweeney, APC, San Mateo, Associate
  • DiRicco Law Offices, San Mateo, CA, Associate , 1987 - 1988
  • DiRicco Law Offices, San Mateo, CA, Clerk-Legal Assistant , 1982 - 1987
  • McSweeney Law Group, APC, Redwood City, 2012 - 2015
  • The McGraw Group of Affiliated Companies, Menlo Park, Member Board of Directors , 2000 - 2012

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bellarmine College Prep – Member, Board of Trustees , 2013 - Present
  • Bellarmine College Prep – Member, Board of Regents , 2010 - Present
  • Bellarmine Development Committee – Building Campaign, Member , 2010 - Present
  • Bellarmine Dads’ Club Executive Committee-Treasurer, 2008 - 2011
  • Bellarmine Booster Club Co-Chair , 2005 - 2011
  • St. Pius Catholic Church Building Committee Chair , 2004 - 2008
  • St. Pius Parish Festival Chair , 2005 - 2007
  • Highlander Little League, Redwood City President , 2004 - 2005
  • Highlander Little League, Vice President and Board Member, 1999 - 2005
  • St. Pius Catholic Church, Board of Directors, Men’s Club , 1997 - 2003
  • President, Board of Directors, Hampton Oaks Homeowner Association , 2000 - 2002
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hampton Oaks Homeowner Association (, 1993 - 2002
  • Olympic Club, San Francisco, CA Member