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 appeal.
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 Maryland.
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.