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About Me

As Chairman of Kramer & Connolly's prominent litigation practice group, Jim Connolly has lead the firm's trial team to numerous
victories in cases involving professional liability, commercial and
business disputes, serious personal injury and tort claims. 
Highly regarded for his ability to master complicated insurance, real estate and fraud cases, Mr. Connolly has traveled
throughout the country to defend numerous professionals, including many title agents, appraisers and
abstractors embroiled in multi-million dollar class actions and other complex litigation.


Mr. Connolly's advocacy has taken him to several jurisdiction at the trial and appellate level.  In a landmark case involving land use restrictions in the
State of Maryland, Mr. Connolly applied his expertise in restrictive
covenants and easements to successfully represent an entire
neighborhood to win injunctions on the construction efforts of large
land developers, preserving this victory through two separate rounds of


Prior to law school, Mr. Connolly received his
undergraduate education from St. Alphonsus College in Connecticut and
earned Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education degrees
from Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary in New York. At the University of
Maryland School of Law, Mr. Connolly served as Associate Editor of the Maryland Law Review,
excelled in the school's clinical law program and completed a
fellowship with the United States District Court for the District of


After receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Mr. Connolly
served as litigation counsel in the Office of the Attorney General of
Maryland, participating in class action lawsuits on behalf of the
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Thereafter, Mr. Connolly
represented nonprofit organizations as an attorney with the Community
Law Center in Baltimore, where he litigated numerous actions for
injunctive relief and administrative remedies.  Mr. Connolly is a
member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars, the bar of the
United States District Court for the District of Maryland and of the
United States District Court for the District of Columbia.


An Ellicott City resident, Mr. Connolly actively assists community organizations, non-profits and citizens groups on housing, real estate, and consumer matters in Howard County.


Practice Areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 45%
    20 years, 500 cases
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    20 years, 120 cases
  3. Insurance: 20%
    20 years, 400 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    20 years, 400 cases



Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

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    In working with Jim on three separate matters over the past year I have found him to be extremely detailed, responsive and knowledgeable. I highly endorse this lawyer's work.


    Adrian Mendoza Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Joseph Gordon Cleaver

    Having worked under Jim Connolly, I have firsthand knowledge of the intelligence and perseverance that he brings to the legal profession. This savvy litigator always "goes the extra mile" on behalf of his clients. Displaying an uncanny ability to read judges, juries, and attorneys alike, Jim's litigation strategies are impeccable. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a civil litigator.


    Joseph Cleaver Lawsuits & Disputes Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Kramer & Connolly

5220 Talbots Landing
Ellicott City, MD, 21043

Kramer & Connolly

465 Main Street
Reisterstown, MD, 21136-1930



DCActive 199705/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Recommended for Excellence in Insurance LitigationA.M. Best Company2009
Associate EditorMaryland Law Review1995
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Litigation PartnerKramer & Connolly1998 - Present
Staff AttorneyCommunity Law Center1997 - 1998
Staff Atttorney at Dep't of Mental Health & HygieneMaryland Attorney General's Office1996 - 1998
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Watermont Swim Club, Elkridge, MDDirector2007 - Present
St. Augustine School Board, Elkridge, MDBoard Member2003 - 2010
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Shafer v. Interstate Auto Ins. Co.., 166 Md. App. 358, 888 A.2d 1211 (2005)Summary Judgment in favor of UM Carrier
Court Enforces Residential Restriction v. DeveloperHomeowners Victorious in Battle v. Developer
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Publication NameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services publicationMaryland Real Estate Contract and Tort Liability to Land Buyers and Sellers2003
Lorman Education Services publicationReal Estate Title Agent Liability2003
Lorman Education Services publicationMortgage Lender Lawsuits2003
Lorman Education Services publicationLiability Under TILA, RESPA & Consumer Protection Acts2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawN/AJ.D.1995
Mt. St. Alphonsus, Esopus, NYTheologyM.Div.1984
Mt. St. Alphonsus, Esopus, NYEducationM.R.E.1983
St. Alphonsus College, Suffield, CTPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Maryland Land Title AssociationMd. Protection of Homeowners in Foreclosure Act and E&O Coverage2010
Putting Power in Procedure: Winning the Civil Litigation Game in MarylandCivil Litigation and Trial Procedure2008
MLTA 2003 Fall ConventionTitle Agent Liability Under Maryland State Law2003