Michael F. "Mike" Connolly

Michael F. "Mike" Connolly

Rubin and Rudman LLP

Recognized since 2018

Boston, Massachusetts

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Litigation - Securities

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Michael F. Connolly, Partner and Co-Chair of Rubin and Rudman’s Litigation Department and a member of Rubin and Rudman’s Executive Committee, is a seasoned litigator with extensive civil and criminal trial experience. Across federal, state, and administrative courts and agencies, Michael has tried numerous cases involving complex securities, commercial and real estate litigation. He has represented clients in shareholder litigation, securities fraud, management disputes, business breakups, defamation actions, trade secret litigation, class actions, professional malpractice claims, fiduciary duty disputes, and zoning, land use, and other real estate related matters.

For many longstanding clients, Michael serves as a trusted advisor. He routinely advises corporate executives, investors, entrepreneurs, government officials and agencies with respect to a wide range of business and legal issues including executive risk management, board disputes, internal investigations, and disputes with shareholders, government entities, and third parties. He has represented clients in the high tech, energy, real estate, telecommunications, software, manufacturing, financial services (including hedge fund), insurance, investment banking and banking industries as well as not-for-profit entities, government agencies and municipalities.

Michael has practiced before state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New York, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Texas, and California. Michael has also practiced before the American Arbitration Association; the International Centre for Dispute Resolution; the Securities and Exchange Commission; the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Secretary of States’ offices; and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Additionally, Michael is a frequent lecturer and panelist with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and has conducted seminars on business and securities litigation, trial practice, deposition practice, expert witnesses and the settlement process. He has also been involved with the Boston Bar Association Court Reform Task Force which, in 1991, studied the state court system, formulated a plan to reform the court system, and prepared the legislation which was then enacted as the Massachusetts court reform law.

After law school, Michael served as a law clerk from 1987 to 1988 and as chief law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1988 to 1989.

  • 53 State Street
    Boston, MA 02109
  • Suffolk University, J.D., graduated 1987

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Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - Securities, Boston (2023)
  • Litigation - Securities, Boston (2020)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Litigation - Securities
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)


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