Attorney Profile:

Thomas Connolly, Esq.




Attorney Thomas Connolly is a passionate, skillful and experienced advocate in criminal, civil and family law matters.


Bar Admissions:

  • Rhode Island State Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

  • Massachusetts State Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

  • Connecticut State Courts


Work Experience:

  • 2010-2014 -- Assistant Public Defender for Newport County. Represented indigent clients accused of felony and misdemeanor crimes from arraignment through trial. Represented alleged misdemeanor and felony bail and probation violators from presentment through hearing. Briefed and argued numerous matters before Rhode Island District, Superior and Supreme Courts.  Handled all variety of criminal charges, including:

    • Driving Under the Influence and other Traffic related charges

    • Domestic charges

    • Assaults and Disorderly Conduct charges

    • Possession and Possession with Intent to Deliver charges

    • Theft and Theft related charges

  • 2005-2010 -- Litigation Associate with two highly respected Providence law firms.  Represented numerous individuals and corporations, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in State and Federal Courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Briefed and argued issues on a wide variety of practice areas, including:

    • Tort and Personal Injury

    • Commercial Litigation

    • Estate and Family Law

    • Construction and Lien Law

    • Intellectual Property

    • Appellate Practice

  • 2000-2002 -- City Editor/Reporter with two Rhode Island daily newspapers. Covered local government and matters of interest at two of Rhode Island's local daily newspapers.  Was responsible for generating content, editing content of others and laying out newspapers on tight deadlines.


Legal Publications:

  • Federal Courthouse: A Century of Law, R.I. BAR JOURNAL (Mar. 2008)

  • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg: Pretrial Strategies for Removal, DRI Life, Health, Disability – Defense Practice Seminar Course Materials (2006)

  • ABA 50-State-Survey: Effect of Misrepresentation in Insurance Application – R.I. Chapter (published 2007, updated 2008)

  • ABA 50-State Survey: Consumer Class Actions – R.I. Chapter (2008)



  • 2006 J.D. cum laude -- Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, R.I.

    • Assistant Editor of the RWU SOL Law Review

    • Graduate of Law School Honors Program

    • Recipient of Papitto full merit scholarship

  • 2000 B.A. (Eng/Journalism) -- Framingham State University, Framingham, Mass.

    • Editor-in-Chief of college student newspaper, The Gatepost

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