Kathleen M. Sweet

C. Christopher Bridge
April 3, 2017
Charles S. Desmond, II
April 3, 2017


(716) 856-4200 Ext.1135


Practice Area

Ms. Sweet’s practice includes the defense of complex medical malpractice actions, legal malpractice actions as well as claims against long-term care facilities.  She also represents physicians and other health care professionals subject to discipline at the institutional level and with respect to state agency investigations and actions.  A former confidential law clerk to New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department, Ms. Sweet also handles appeals in her area of practice.


Ms. Sweet is a graduate of Boston College, where she was honored as the Big East Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year and inducted to the Varsity Club’s Hall of Fame.  She graduated from Villanova Law School where she was president of the Moot Court Board.

Ms. Sweet is admitted to practice in the State of New York and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She is also admitted in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York and the United States Bankruptcy Court.  She is a certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

Ms. Sweet is a member of the American Bar Association where she serves as an elected delegate in the House of Delegates.  She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association where she has served on numerous committees and task forces.  She is currently the vice president for the Eighth Judicial District.  Ms. Sweet served as president of the Bar Association of Erie County from 2012 to 2013.  She is a member of both the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association and the Defense Trial Lawyers of Western New York, which honored her as its Lawyer of the Year in 2015.  In 2004 the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York honored Ms. Sweet with the M. Dolores Denman Lady Justice Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Ms. Sweet was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2012 and has been honored by Best Lawyers in America as Buffalo, New York’s Lawyer of the Year in the field of medical malpractice defense in 2012, 2018, 2020 and 2021.  She has also been recognized by SuperLawyers™, as among the top ten attorneys in Upstate New York.  Ms. Sweet is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

She has been a member of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division Committee on Character and Fitness since 2013.  She was the Founding Chair of the Upstate Tri-County Bar Associations’ Commission on Judicial Appointments.  From 2014 to 2018 she served on the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for New York State’s Eighth Judicial District.  She served on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc. from 2011 to 2012 and from 2010 to 2018 she was volunteer ambassador for AIDS Community Services.

Martindale-Hubbell Rating

Ms. Sweet is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.

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