- J.D., New York University School of Law
- B.A., with distinction, University of Kansas
- Note Editor, Annual Survey of American Law
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia Bar
- Virginia Bar
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and Eastern District of Virginia
- Supreme Court of Virginia
Mr. Connolly assists clients with a variety of trial and appellate matters before federal and state courts. He also assists clients with matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal agencies. In addition, he has represented clients before federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court of the United States in cases involving the Federal Arbitration Act, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the First Amendment, election law, and federal habeas corpus law.
- Litigates complex federal cases at both the trial and appellate levels involving a variety of issues, including administrative law, arbitration, constitutional law, election law, federal preemption, telecommunications, and voting rights.
- Represents national telecommunications carriers in federal court litigation involving the Communications Act, the Federal Arbitration Act and the First Amendment.
- Represents clients in proceedings before the FCC, including legal and policy formulation, advocacy in rulemaking, and defense in enforcement proceedings.
- Represents parties and amici in the Supreme Court of the United States at the certiorari and merits stages. Mr. Connolly has participated in the filing of fifteen briefs with the Supreme Court in the last three terms, including:
- Wood v. Milyard: Filed merits brief on behalf of the State of Colorado as respondent in a prisoner litigation case involving the waiver of defenses under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA).
- Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC: Filed merits brief on behalf of experts on religious tribunals as amici curiae involving the protection of religious organizations under the First Amendment's ministerial exception.
- Talk America Inc. v. Michigan Bell Telephone Co.: Filed merits brief on behalf of a trade association and a group of network engineers as amici curiae in a case involving the proper regulatory treatment of "entrance facilities" under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
- American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, et al.: Filed merits brief on behalf of the Cato Institute as amicus curiae in support of reversing a Second Circuit decision allowing global warming nuisance suits to proceed in federal court.
- AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion: Filed merits brief on behalf of a group of distinguished law professors as amici curiae in support of the position of the wireless industry in a Federal Arbitration Act preemption case.
- Research Assistant, Professor Michael E. Levine, New York University School of Law (2008).
- Research Assistant, Professor Barry Friedman, New York University School of Law (2007).
- Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Torts Division (2006).
- Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA).