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Hon. Lawrence F. Rodowsky, Court of Appeals of Maryland

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University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1991 

  • Order of the Coif
  • Articles Editor, The Maryland Law Review
  • J.L. Thomas Prize
  • Cunningham Award

University of Virginia, B.A., with high distinction, 1981 

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John J. Connolly

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John J. Connolly represents individuals and business entities in civil litigation and appellate matters. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in business torts, insurance coverage disputes, securities and consumer class actions, employment disputes, and a variety of common law contract and tort actions in federal and state courts. He focuses in particular on representing lawyers and law firms in legal malpractice claims, disciplinary proceedings, and ethical disputes. Mr. Connolly has also represented individuals detained by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, and he has spoken on issues pertaining to the detainees of Guantanamo Bay. An experienced appellate litigator, Mr. Connolly is recognized in that area by The Best Lawyers in America. He was first listed in the Maryland edition of Super Lawyers in 2007. In 2015 he was elected as a member of the American Law Institute.

Professional Highlights

  • Mr. Connolly has represented a number of lawyers in recent disciplinary proceedings in matters that have never become public. He also has represented a number of regional law firms in malpractice actions and counseled law firms on ethical obligations in pending litigation matters.
  • In an action against a business owner for personal guaranty of equipment lease, Mr. Connolly obtained summary judgment for business owner and successfully defended judgment on appeal. 
  • In a fraud and breach of contract action brought by a state agency against a concert promoter, Mr. Connolly convinced the plaintiff to dismiss all claims with prejudice before trial. 
  • Represented executives of a public corporation in a fraudulent conveyance action.
  • Represented a securities trader in market-timing litigation.
  • Represented the owners of a private corporation in a fraud and waste action. Many of the counts were dismissed at the outset, and the remainder were ultimately abandoned by the plaintiff.
  • Represented a private corporation in a “blast fax” class action claim.
  • Since 2005, attorneys in the firm’s Baltimore office have represented several individuals detained by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay and at Bagram Air Force Base. In December 2009, a Yemeni physician was repatriated to his home country following eight years of incarceration at Guantanamo, as a result of habeas proceedings and related efforts initiated by our attorneys.
  • In an action against a business owner for personal guaranty of equipment lease, Mr. Connolly obtained summary judgment for business owner and successfully defended judgment on appeal.
  • In an action for breach of environmental covenants, Mr. Connolly obtained summary judgment for homeowners and successfully defended judgment on appeal.

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  • Board of Directors, Baltimore Bar Library

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