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Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly

Practice areas:

Litigation, Appeals, Criminal Defense

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About Me

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 As an appellate judge, he authored more than 40 published opinions and scores of unpublished opinions in civil and criminal appeals.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.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Litigation: 50%
    4 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    4 years
  3. Appeals: 25%
    4 years

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Contact Info

Reilly Pozner LLP

1900 16th Street
Suite 1700
Denver, CO, 80202

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
DCActive 201405/24/2015
COActive200206/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Lawyers List in Appellate Practice Area52802015
Top 100 Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Listed under White-Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2015
Listed under Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2015
State Litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2015
Band 4 (Litigation: General Commercial)Chambers USA2014
Top 100 Colorado Super LawyersColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Listed under Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2014
Listed under White-Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2014
Band 4 (Litigation: General Commercial)Chambers USA2013
Legal Leader in Appellate LawThe American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine2013
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Award of Special RecognitionColorado Lawyers Committee2013
Tenth Circuit Litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2013
Denver Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year"The Best Lawyers in America®2013
Listed under White-Collar Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2013
Listed under Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2013
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Listed under Criminal Defense: White-CollarBest Lawyers in America2012
Listed under Appellate LawBest Lawyers in America2012
Listed under Appellate LawBest Lawyers in America2008
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2008
Listed under Appellate LawBest Lawyers in America2007
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Individual of the Year AwardColorado Lawyers Committee2007
Community Contribution AwardColorado Lawyers Committee2007
Colorado Super LawyerColorado Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Attorney General's Award for Exceptional ServiceU.S. Department of Justice1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerReilly Pozner LLP2011 - Present
JudgeColorado Court of Appeals2008 - 2011
PartnerReilly Pozner & Connelly LLP2002 - 2008
Federal ProsecutorU.S. Department of Justice1990 - 2002
AttorneyPrivate Practice1984 - 1990
Law ClerkU.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit1983 - 1984

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Colorado Lawyers CommitteeMental Health Task Force2011 - Present
Colorado Lawyers CommitteeHomeless ID Task Force2005 - 2007
Faculty of Federal AdvocatesMemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Conference of Bar ExaminersChairman, Criminal Law Drafting CommitteeN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Denver Broncos Football Club OwnershipComplete victory
Lead Appellate Prosecutor in the Trials of the Oklahoma City BombersConviction and death sentence of Timothy McVeigh. Conviction and life sentence of Terry Nichols.
False Claims Act Whistleblower Lawsuit$26 million settlement

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Catholic University Law SchoolN/AJ.D.1983
Fairfield UniversityN/AA.B.1980