Who We Are

Joseph A. Keough, Jr.

A founding partner of Keough and Sweeney, Joe Keough has been an attorney for over 20 years.  Joe’s practice concentrates in the areas of public utility law, civil litigation, business litigation, municipal law and licensing, personal injury and estate law. His strong reputation in the legal community combined with his deep knowledge and experience has made him widely sought after in his practice areas.

Joe has represented many individuals and businesses throughout his career, including numerous Public Utilities and renewable energy developers before the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers. In the past fifteen years, Joe has handled over seventy-five cases before these regulatory agencies.

Joe is licensed to practice in the Rhode Island and Massachusetts State Courts, and is admitted to United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar Associations and is a member and former officer of the Pawtucket Bar Association.

Joe obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Villanova University in 1988 and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School, graduating cum laude in 1992. Joe began his career as a litigation attorney at Wynn & Wynn in Boston, and in 1997 he and Jerry Sweeney formed Keough + Sweeney.

A lifelong Rhode Islander, Joe and his family reside in Barrington where he enjoys coaching his son and daughter in youth hockey.

  • True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures—unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    ― John W. Davis
  • “When I have a particular case in hand, I have that motive and feel an interest in the case, feel an interest in ferreting out the questions to the bottom, love to dig up the question by the roots and hold it up and dry it before the fires of the mind."

    ― Abraham Lincoln
  • "Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind."

    ― Abraham Lincoln
  • “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

    — Albert Einstein
  • “The practice of law is more than a mere trade or business, and…those who engage in it are the guardians of ideals and traditions to which it is right that they should from time to time dedicate themselves anew.”

    — Hugh Patterson McMillan, Ethics of Advocacy
  • “When a problem comes along, study it until you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break the problem apart, and the rest will be easy.”

    — Norman Vincent Peale
  • “But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal-there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court…Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.”

    — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • “Courage is the most important attribute of a lawyer. It is more important than competence or vision. It can never be an elective in any law school. It can never be de-limited, dated or outworn, and it should pervade the heart, the halls of justice and the chambers of the mind.”

    — Robert F. Kennedy
Jerry Sweeney, Attorney at Law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Jerome V. Sweeney III

A founding partner of Keough + Sweeney, Jerome “Jerry” Sweeney has been an attorney for over 20 years.  Jerry concentrates his practice in divorce, custody, support, modification and contempt proceedings and has extensive experience in the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts and the Family Courts in Rhode Island. He also acts as a Mediator/Arbitrator for couples who wish to enter into Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In addition, he has extensive experience in will contests, probate litigation and equity actions.

Jerry received his undergraduate degree from Providence College in 1986 and his Juris Doctorate degree from Suffolk University School of Law in 1992.  He has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1992 and the Rhode Island Bar since 1994.  Mr. Sweeney is a frequent lecturer on family law, divorce, custody and child support matters.

Jerry has been a highly ranked tennis player in the New England Junior and Adult USTA Divisions.  He has represented international professional tennis players on the ATP and WTA Tours, as well as nationally ranked United States Juniors, regarding marketing contracts, professional service contracts, tennis academy contracts, coaching and training consultation, and structured agreements. He has extensive experience negotiating personal service contracts with IMG/Bollettieri Academies, Saddlebrook Tennis Resort, 6th Sense Academies and Manchester Athletic Club, as well as clothing and merchandise contracts with a companies such as Fila and Technifibre.

Jerry was born and raised in Massachusetts, he lives with his family in Franklin, Massachusetts and can be seen at Gillette Stadium for each and every New England Patriots home game.

  • True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures—unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    ― John W. Davis
  • “When I have a particular case in hand, I have that motive and feel an interest in the case, feel an interest in ferreting out the questions to the bottom, love to dig up the question by the roots and hold it up and dry it before the fires of the mind."

    ― Abraham Lincoln
  • "Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind."

    ― Abraham Lincoln
  • “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

    — Albert Einstein
  • “The practice of law is more than a mere trade or business, and…those who engage in it are the guardians of ideals and traditions to which it is right that they should from time to time dedicate themselves anew.”

    — Hugh Patterson McMillan, Ethics of Advocacy
  • “When a problem comes along, study it until you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break the problem apart, and the rest will be easy.”

    — Norman Vincent Peale
  • “But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal-there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court…Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.”

    — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • “Courage is the most important attribute of a lawyer. It is more important than competence or vision. It can never be an elective in any law school. It can never be de-limited, dated or outworn, and it should pervade the heart, the halls of justice and the chambers of the mind.”

    — Robert F. Kennedy

Sean Keough

Sean Keough has been an attorney in Rhode Island for over five years. His expertise and knowledge of real estate law and transactions brought him on board with Keough & Sweeney in 2006.Sean also practices in the areas of divorce custody and family law, business and commercial litigation, and personal injury. Sean is a member of both the Rhode Island Bar and Pawtucket Bar Associations and practices at all three Keough & Sweeney offices in Boston, Raynham and Pawtucket.

Sean Keough received a B.S. degree and J.D. degree from Roger Williams University. As a native Rhode Islander, Sean currently resides in Lincoln, RI.

  • True, we [lawyers] build no bridges. We raise no towers. We construct no engines. We paint no pictures—unless as amateurs for our own principal amusement. There is little of all that we do which the eye of man can see. But we smooth out difficulties; we relieve stress; we correct mistakes; we take up other men's burdens and by our efforts we make possible the peaceful life of men in a peaceful state.”

    ― John W. Davis
  • “When I have a particular case in hand, I have that motive and feel an interest in the case, feel an interest in ferreting out the questions to the bottom, love to dig up the question by the roots and hold it up and dry it before the fires of the mind."

    ― Abraham Lincoln
  • "Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind."

    ― Abraham Lincoln
  • “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”

    — Albert Einstein
  • “The practice of law is more than a mere trade or business, and…those who engage in it are the guardians of ideals and traditions to which it is right that they should from time to time dedicate themselves anew.”

    — Hugh Patterson McMillan, Ethics of Advocacy
  • “When a problem comes along, study it until you are completely knowledgeable. Then find that weak spot, break the problem apart, and the rest will be easy.”

    — Norman Vincent Peale
  • “But there is one way in this country in which all men are created equal-there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president. That institution, gentlemen, is a court…Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levelers, and in our courts all men are created equal.”

    — Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • “Courage is the most important attribute of a lawyer. It is more important than competence or vision. It can never be an elective in any law school. It can never be de-limited, dated or outworn, and it should pervade the heart, the halls of justice and the chambers of the mind.”

    — Robert F. Kennedy