J. Michael Connolly


Mr. Connolly is a litigator whose practice focuses on regulatory, constitutional, and complex civil litigation. He has served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. He also has significant appellate experience. He has been the lead drafter of dozens of briefs before the Supreme Court of the United States and has contributed to multiple wins before the Court.

Mr. Connolly has particular experience litigating cases implicating the First Amendment. He has represented, among others, companies opposing government efforts to compel and restrict speech, an organization defending the free speech rights of students on campus, and government officials seeking to protect the First Amendment rights of state employees. Mr. Connolly also serves as the Director of the Free Speech Clinic at the Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where his clinic defends the First Amendment rights of individuals and organizations on a pro bono basis.

Mr. Connolly has also litigated in a diverse range of other subject areas, including civil rights litigation, challenges to administrative actions, contractual and employment disputes, and class actions. He has particular expertise in litigation concerning the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Connolly has represented, among others, a trade organization in a challenge to the SEC’s rules governing the Consolidated Audit Trail, a prominent whistleblower attorney in a challenge to an SEC rule governing whistleblower awards, and a whistleblower challenging the SEC’s denial of a whistleblower award.

Mr. Connolly is a former law clerk to Judge Jerome A. Holmes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Connolly earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas, with distinction, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.