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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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Service and Leadership Award||PA Bar Association's Legal Svcs. for Children||2007|
|West Publishing Award||District of Columbia Law School||1998|
|Jean Camper Kahn Award||District of Columbia School of Law||1998|
|Shareholder||McAndrews Law Offices||2015 - Present|
|Partner||Connolly, Jacobson & John, LLP||2008 - 2015|
|Partner||Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP||1999 - 2008|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services for Exceptional Children||Chair||2003 - 2006|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services for Exceptional Children||Vice Chair||2002 - 2003|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association||Member||N/A|
|PA Bar Assn. Legal Service for Exceptional Children||Member||N/A|
|The District of Columbia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Thomas More College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|School Nursing Certification Program||Role of School Nurses in Public Special Education||2015|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute Training||Due Process Hearing Skills||2015|
|National Special Education Advocacy Training||Special Education||2015|
|Special presentation||Helping Parents Understand Individual Education Plans (IEPs)||2014|
|Special Education Law Conference||Independent Educational Evaluations||2014|
|Nursing Certification Program||The Role of the School Nurse in Special Education in the Public Schools||2014|
|Exceptional Children’s Conference 2014||Special Education Discipline Procedures||2014|
|Decoding Dyslexia in PA||How Do I Know My Child’s IEP is Appropriate and What do I do If I Disagree with the School?||2014|
|Bucks County Life||The Legal Differences Between Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act||2014|
|Nursing Certification Program||The Role of the School Nurse in Special Education in the Public Schools||2013|