Sean Connelly is a partner at Reilly Pozner LLP.
He focuses his practice on civil and criminal appeals in the federal courts. He has argued more than 100 appeals in 11 federal courts of appeals, in the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and in other state appellate courts. His practice also includes complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense in federal and state trial courts.
From 2008 to 2011, Sean served on the Colorado Court of Appeals. As an appellate judge, he authored more than 40 published opinions and scores of unpublished opinions in civil and criminal appeals.
Sean returned to Reilly Pozner, where he had been a named partner, in 2011.
Prior to first joining the firm in 2002, Sean worked as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C., and Denver. His positions included Special Attorney to two U.S. Attorneys General and Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Appellate Section. He was a member of the trial team and the government’s lead appellate lawyer in the Oklahoma City bombing prosecutions.
Prior to joining the Justice Department, Sean worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. Before that, he was a law clerk to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Sean’s work as a judge and lawyer has resulted in several recognitions. He was recently named the 2013 Denver Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America® and has been listed in that publication for many years under in the specialties of Appellate Practice and White-Collar Criminal Defense. In 2009, Colorado Law Week voted him Colorado’s Outstanding Appeals Court Judge. He has also been selected for inclusion in Colorado Super Lawyers®.
Sean currently chairs the five-person Criminal Law drafting committee for the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which administers the multistate bar examination. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado and University of Denver law schools, teaching courses in Evidence and Criminal Procedures.
Licensed since 2002
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top Lawyers List in Appellate Practice Area||5280||2015|
|Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyers||Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Listed under White-Collar Criminal Defense||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Listed under Appellate Practice||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|State Litigation Star||Benchmark Litigation||2015|
|Band 4 (Litigation: General Commercial)||Chambers USA||2014|
|Top 100 Colorado Super Lawyers||Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Listed under Appellate Practice||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Listed under White-Collar Criminal Defense||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Band 4 (Litigation: General Commercial)||Chambers USA||2013|
|Legal Leader in Appellate Law||The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine||2013|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Award of Special Recognition||Colorado Lawyers Committee||2013|
|Tenth Circuit Litigation Star||Benchmark Litigation||2013|
|Denver Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year"||The Best Lawyers in America®||2013|
|Listed under White-Collar Criminal Defense||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Listed under Appellate Practice||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Listed under Criminal Defense: White-Collar||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Listed under Appellate Law||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Listed under Appellate Law||Best Lawyers in America||2008|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine||2008|
|Listed under Appellate Law||Best Lawyers in America||2007|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine||2007|
|Individual of the Year Award||Colorado Lawyers Committee||2007|
|Community Contribution Award||Colorado Lawyers Committee||2007|
|Colorado Super Lawyer||Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine||2006|
|Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service||U.S. Department of Justice||1998|
|Partner||Reilly Pozner LLP||2011 - Present|
|Judge||Colorado Court of Appeals||2008 - 2011|
|Partner||Reilly Pozner & Connelly LLP||2002 - 2008|
|Federal Prosecutor||U.S. Department of Justice||1990 - 2002|
|Attorney||Private Practice||1984 - 1990|
|Law Clerk||U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit||1983 - 1984|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Colorado Lawyers Committee||Mental Health Task Force||2011 - Present|
|Colorado Lawyers Committee||Homeless ID Task Force||2005 - 2007|
|Faculty of Federal Advocates||Member||N/A|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|National Conference of Bar Examiners||Chairman, Criminal Law Drafting Committee||N/A|
|Denver Broncos Football Club Ownership||Complete victory|
|Lead Appellate Prosecutor in the Trials of the Oklahoma City Bombers||Conviction and death sentence of Timothy McVeigh. Conviction and life sentence of Terry Nichols.|
|False Claims Act Whistleblower Lawsuit||$26 million settlement|
|Catholic University Law School||N/A||J.D.||1983|