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Thomas Connolly is a Rhode Island trial attorney handling criminal, civil and traffic matters at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts and tribunals. Thomas graduated cum laude from Roger Williams University Law School in 2006, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Law Review.

Thomas began his career in civil practice focusing on tort litigation, complex commercial litigation and civil rights litigation. Thomas served as counsel on a wide range of matters, from multi-million dollar tort and contract disputes, to Rhode Supreme Court appeals, to a nationally publicized First Amendment action.

After years of practice in civil matters, Thomas shifted his focus to criminal defense. For several years Thomas practiced as the Assistant Public Defender in Newport Rhode Island, where he earned a reputation as a passionate and effective advocate for indigent clients on criminal charges and violations of bail and probation.

Thomas has won favorable results at trial and pretrial for literally thousands of clients charged with crimes, from DUIs to Domestics and a wide range of other criminal charges. Thomas has briefed and argued before the Rhode Island Supreme Court on civil and criminal matters of first impression.

Thomas is admitted to practice in Rhode Island State and Federal Courts, Massachusetts State and Federal Courts and Connecticut.
Position Organization Location Duration
Litigation AssociateScott & BushProvidence, RI2009-2010
Litigation AssociateVetter & WhiteProvidence, RI2005-2009
Assistant Public DefenderRhode Island Public Defender's Office160 Pine Street, Providence, RI2010-14
School Degree Major Graduation
Roger Williams University School of LawJ.D. Law School2006  
Framingham State UniversityBAEnglish/Journalism2000
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Connecticut 
Rhode Island 
Massachusetts 
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    Rhode Island Federal Bar Association
  • State v. R. D., (Newport Superior Court) Obtained Not Guilty verdict after jury trial on charge of Domestic Refusal to Relinquish Telephone. State v. M.C., (Providence Superior Court) Motion to Dismiss Granted on issues of first impression concerning Rhode Island's Habitual Offender Driving Statute. State v. A.P., (R.I. Supreme Court) Briefed and argued issues of first impression before Rhode Island Supreme Court. H. Doe v. Portsmouth Sch. Comm., (Decision of R.I. Comm’r of Educ. Issued), Successfully litigated civil rights action against the Portsmouth School Committee on behalf of a student who sought to appear in his high school yearbook portrait dressed as a knight. K. v. A.W.C., (R.I. Supreme Court) – Drafted amicus brief to R.I. Supreme Court on behalf of the Products Liability Advisory counsel successfully arguing for recognition of forum non conveniens. H v. MGC, (United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island) – Defense of a multi-million dollar contract dispute.

  • 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)

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