David W. Sweet focuses his practice on administrative and regulatory matters, legislative advocacy and public finance.
David has represented clients before state and local agencies, boards and commissions and in matters before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Executive Branch. David's current representations in such matters include Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc.; Parsons; PA Legal Services; PES; and the University of Pennsylvania.
David served as campaign manager for Ed Rendell's successful run for Pennsylvania governor in 2002 and subsequently as executive director of Rendell's transition team.
In public and project finance, David has served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel and special counsel in financings totaling over $3 billion. These projects are located in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and in counties throughout the state, including Bedford, Montgomery, Dauphin, Washington, Huntington, Northumberland, Butler, Greene and Berks, as well as in New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.
David has also served as bond counsel or special counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA), the Commonwealth Finance Authority (CFA) and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. His investment banking clients have included PNC, Citigroup, the Bank of New York Mellon, RBC, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.
David was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (D., Washington County) from 1977 to 1988. He was chairman of the House Local Government Committee for the 1987-88 legislative session, and through his efforts, major legislation on local tax reform, distressed municipalities and Pennsylvania's land use and zoning regulations were enacted. David chaired Pennsylvania former Gov. Casey's Commission on Corrections Planning and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's State Government Committee. He has received the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania's "Friend of County Government Commendation," which is the highest award the association gives to a non-member. He also has received awards from the Pennsylvania League of Cities, the Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Economic Development Association and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission.
In 2012, David was named to The Best Lawyers in America® list in the public finance law category.