Chambers: Room 304
Phone: (317) 229-3650
Courtroom Deputy: Samantha Burmester
Phone: (317) 229-3686
James R. Sweeney II was sworn in as United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana on September 24, 2018. With the support of Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young, President Trump nominated Judge Sweeney for the position on November 1, 2017, to the seat created by Judge Sarah Evans Barker’s assumption of senior status in 2014. The Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Sweeney on August 28, 2018.
Judge Sweeney’s caseload is drawn from the Indianapolis and Terre Haute divisions.
Prior to his appointment as District Judge, Judge Sweeney was a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, focusing on intellectual property matters, as well as serving as co-chair of the firm’s Federal Contracting, Procurement and National Security Practice Group. He was also a member of the Global Services Practice Group and the Internet and Technology Law Practice Group. Judge Sweeney represented clients in national security clearance and defense industry matters. He also represented clients in military forums and federal grand jury proceedings and prosecutions.
Before joining Barnes & Thornburg, Judge Sweeney served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John Daniel Tinder during Judge Tinder’s service as U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. Judge Sweeney also clerked for the Honorable James L. Ryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
An Indianapolis native, Judge Sweeney earned a B.S. with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1983 and accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps. He is a combat veteran and retired Marine Corps colonel. Judge Sweeney graduated magna cum laude in 1996 from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Practices and Procedures Before the Honorable James R. Sweeney II
Counsel has sought guidance on the Court’s procedures for issuing protective orders and seeking to file documents under seal. On January 15, 2015, a Uniform Protective Order was approved by the Court.
Uniform Protective Order (Updated 4/18/2022)