Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ John Parker Sweeney Elected DRI President

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that partner John Parker Sweeney was elected President Elect of DRI -- The Voice of the Defense Bar at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago on October 19. Sweeney, who has served as DRI Vice President since 2011, will become DRI President in October 2014.

DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys including in-house counsel representing business interests in litigation. Membership in DRI provides access to resources and tools for attorneys who strive to provide the highest level of service to their business clients. DRI is host to more than 30 substantive law committees engaging thousands of its members in ongoing, critical dialogue about relevant practice areas. DRI leads the defense bar in advocating for justice and balance in the courtroom and sets the highest standards of professionalism for its members.

“We are very proud of John’s work with the DRI, and extremely pleased that his leadership skills have elevated him to this position,” said Firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “His depth and breadth of experience will serve the organization well.”

“I am proud to represent the business men and women who provide the goods and services and create the jobs that make our society the envy of the rest of world,” said Sweeney. “And I am equally proud to lead the largest professional association focused on preparing and supporting its members to most effectively support business in litigation here and abroad.”

Sweeney has more than 30 years of experience defending major class action and mass torts involving product liability, consumer protection, environmental, and toxic tort cases, which allows him to tailor an appropriate litigation response for any company to meet those types of high stakes risks. He regularly serves as national counsel, creating and supervising comprehensive defense strategies in class action and mass tort cases across the country.