Dennis C. Sweet
Dennis C. Sweet III brings the knowledge, experience and strategy of a nationally-known law firm to each of his clients. He has represented major corporations, government entities and individuals in a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. Legal knowledge, trial experience and a strong sense of ethics have served Sweet’s clients well. Some of his results include: a $145 million products liability verdict against Ford Motor Company in the wrongful death of a man thrown from a Ford Ranger; a $23 million medical malpractice verdict for a couple with a brain-damaged child; a $150 million verdict against American Home Products whose drug, fen-phen, caused health problems for five clients; a $4.5 million wrongful death verdict against Hospice Ministries in the death of a woman who, improperly diagnosed with cancer, died from an overdose of painkillers; and a $23 million verdict against the Jackson Marriott Hotel and the City of Jackson for the shooting of an unarmed man by an off-duty Jackson Police officer.
Dennis also uses his legal skills to defend clients accused in criminal cases. He knows that a person accused of a crime has to face significant government resources and needs an attorney who has the experience and confidence to meet that challenge. He has successfully defended those accused of murder; black farmers accused of defrauding the USDA; elected officials accused of voter fraud; and those accused of healthcare fraud, bank fraud and other crimes.
Dennis is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. He earned his degrees from Tougaloo College (B.A.) and George Washington University (J.D.). Dennis was admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1981, the Alabama Bar in 1984, the Mississippi Bar in 1986 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985. He is a former staff attorney for the District of Columbia Public Defender’s Office and the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a former member of The Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners (1990-1993). He has served as an Adjunct Professor of criminal law at Mississippi College School of Law and an Instructor at the National Criminal Defense College. The Mississippi Conference of the NAACP gave Sweet its top legal honor in 1996 and the Magnolia Bar Association honored Sweet with the R. Jess Brown Award in 2001. Dennis has been nationally featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Lawyer’s Weekly USA and on both Court TV and Dateline NBC.