James M. Connolly

Jim Connolly helps new attorneys entering the practice of law

Having tried a range of complex cases in state and federal courts, Jim Connolly has experienced the excitement and unique challenges which come with a career in the law -- and uses his experience to help those entering the field.

As a litigator, Mr. Connolly has earned numerous victories in cases involving professional liability, commercial and business disputes, serious personal injury and tort claims at Kramer & Connolly. Highly regarded for his ability to master the complications presented in real estate flipping and fraud cases, Mr. Connolly has traveled throughout the country to defend title attorneys, appraisers and abstractors. 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.

When the Board of Law Examiners or a Character Committee questions your character and fitness for bar admission, bar applicants should retain an attorney to assist in disclosing information relevant to character and fitness, to guide them through the bar admissions process, and to represent applicants in hearings before the Character Committee, Board of Law Examiners and Court of Appeals of Maryland to determine whether they are fit to practice law. Character and fitness concerns may arise in connection with prior criminal convictions, academic dishonesty and honor code violations, addictions, drunk driving, neglected debts, and a failure to disclose material information on law school applications or on bar applications. If you have a history of misconduct, traffic citations, crimes, arrests and other facts to disclose in response to the character portion of the Maryland Bar Application, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and be granted a license to practice law. This is even true for applicants for admission to law schools as these applications ask similar questions about character. A failure to disclose facts material to your admission could result in a denial of bar admission.

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