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Daniel S. Connolly
Daniel S. Connolly
Managing Partner, New York
Daniel S. Connolly

Daniel S. Connolly

Managing Partner, New York

About Dan

Daniel Connolly is the managing partner of Bracewell's New York office, which he helped launch in 2005 and has since developed into the firm's second largest office. His practice focuses on representing clients in such diverse industries as banking, construction and pharmaceuticals in a wide spectrum of white collar defense and regulatory compliance investigations, as well as bankruptcy, class action and complex commercial litigation cases.

In addition to representing clients in federal and New York State trial and appellate courts, Dan regularly appears before numerous federal departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, as well as various state investigatory and enforcement agencies. He has represented major corporations and senior executives in an array of criminal or regulatory matters and has served as compliance and ethics advisor to companies and boards of directors. 

He began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney, where he served for eight years. During his tenure as an assistant district attorney, Dan tried more than 60 cases to verdict, including homicides and other complex criminal matters, and was involved in the prosecution of a number of controversial cases that garnered significant national attention, including the Tompkins Square riot case. After his time as a prosecutor, Dan served as counsel in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York. In that capacity, he was responsible for all major litigation undertaken by and against the administration, and serving as a key policy advisor to the mayor. 


Publications and Speeches

“Valuing a Business,” Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts, 2020 edition.



American University School of Law,
cum laude
Hamilton College,
with honors

Bar Admissions

New York



The New York Law Journal Names Dan Connolly 2020 New York Trailblazer

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The Legal 500 United States
Dispute Resolution: Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2023; General Commercial Disputes, 2021; Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2013, 2015
BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2013 - 2024; Commercial Litigation, 2020 - 2024
ALM Media Properties, LLC
New York Law Journal
New York Trailblazer, 2020
Lawdragon Inc.
Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America
Complex Commercial Litigation, White-Collar and Investigations, 2024
Thomson Reuters
New York Metro Super Lawyers
Business Litigation/Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2016 - 2023
American University School of Law
Administrative Law Journal
Managing Editor


Past Events

NYC Bar Association Panel

New York June 10, 2015