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Michael J. Connolly

Michael J. Connolly

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Education

About Me

Mr. Connolly is a shareholder at McAndrews Law Offices, where, with over sixteen years of experience, he represents parents of children with special needs in a variety of education matters at administrative hearings and state and federal court. He has assisted parents in disputes involving their public school related to issues such as eligibility and identification, programming and placement, tuition reimbursement, discipline, bullying, and discrimination.
He also lectures throughout the state to parents, educators, and attorneys on special education and other education law related topics. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Connolly has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee, where he served as Vice Chair from 2002 through 2003 and as Chair from 2003 through 2006. In his roles as Vice Chair and Chair, he played an active part in helping to shape the Bar Association’s position on legal issues impacting students with disabilities as well as planning one of the Commonwealth’s preeminent legal conferences in the area of special education. Mr. Connolly continues to be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Legal Services for Exceptional Children’s Committee.
Mr. Connolly began his career in education law upon graduation from law school as an associate with a District of Columbia law firm representing parents in special education matters. He later became a partner in a law firm located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he spent nearly a decade representing school districts throughout state. Most recently, prior to joining McAndrews Law Offices, Mr. Connolly was a founding partner at another education law firm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he spent seven years representing parents and students in educational matters.
Mr. Connolly is a native of Berks County, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wilson Sr. High School in West Lawn, and currently lives with his wife in East Norriton.

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Licensed since 1998

  1. Education: 100%

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Contact Info

McAndrews Law Offices

30 Cassatt Avenue
Berwyn, PA, 19312

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive199805/31/2015
DCSuspended199905/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Service and Leadership AwardPA Bar Association's Legal Svcs. for Children2007
West Publishing AwardDistrict of Columbia Law School1998
Jean Camper Kahn AwardDistrict of Columbia School of Law1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderMcAndrews Law Offices2015 - Present
PartnerConnolly, Jacobson & John, LLP2008 - 2015
PartnerSweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP1999 - 2008

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services for Exceptional ChildrenChair2003 - 2006
Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services for Exceptional ChildrenVice Chair2002 - 2003
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors AssociationMemberN/A
PA Bar Assn. Legal Service for Exceptional ChildrenMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Communications Disorders Quarterly, Vol 24, No 4Educators of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Involved in Due Process Hearings: Lessons Learned2003

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The District of Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Thomas More CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
School Nursing Certification ProgramRole of School Nurses in Public Special Education2015
Pennsylvania Bar Institute TrainingDue Process Hearing Skills2015
National Special Education Advocacy TrainingSpecial Education2015
WebinarUnderstanding Evaluations2014
Special presentationHelping Parents Understand Individual Education Plans (IEPs)2014
Special Education Law ConferenceIndependent Educational Evaluations2014
Nursing Certification ProgramThe Role of the School Nurse in Special Education in the Public Schools2014
Exceptional Children’s Conference 2014Special Education Discipline Procedures2014
Decoding Dyslexia in PAHow Do I Know My Child’s IEP is Appropriate and What do I do If I Disagree with the School?2014
Bucks County LifeThe Legal Differences Between Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act2014
Nursing Certification ProgramThe Role of the School Nurse in Special Education in the Public Schools2013