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Joanne Hannaway Sweeney

joanneJoanne Hannaway Sweeney
Ph: (312) 384-1257
jsweeney@rds-law.com

Joanne is a trial lawyer who focuses her practice on commercial and employment litigation. Joanne has extensive experience litigating and trying cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Prior to joining RDS Law, Joanne was a partner at Jenner & Block LLP. During her nearly 14 years at Jenner, Joanne represented numerous Fortune 100 and 500 companies in commercial litigation of all varieties. Joanne has served as lead trial counsel, and was on the trial teams for several nationally followed trials – most notably, Coleman (Parent) Holdings, Inc. v. J.P. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., which resulted in the largest jury verdict for an individual plaintiff in United States history. Joanne was active in Jenner’s pro-bono programs and those that support efforts and challenges faced by women in the workplace and at law firms. Joanne left Jenner for one year to serve as law clerk to Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow, former Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Joanne graduated magna cum laude and third in her class from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While there, she was an executive editor of the law review and was one of 10 students selected for the prestigious Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy, where she received over 1,000 hours in trial advocacy training from prominent attorneys and judges. Joanne is a certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and teaches trial practice at the University of Notre Dame School of Law. She spent seven years as head instructor and coach for the Philip H .Corboy Fellowship and Loyola’s trial team, which she led to two national victories and one regional victory. She also has taught legal writing and appellate advocacy. Joanne graduated cum laude from Miami University (Ohio) where she was a member of several national honor societies.

Joanne serves as Secretary to the Catholic Lawyers Guild and is a member of its Board of Governors. She is active in her church and community.