Tom Connolly is the head of Wiltshire & Grannis's litigation
practice. Routinely recognized as one of the leading practitioners in his
area, Mr. Connolly focuses on trial practice and matters of complex criminal
and civil litigation, as well as internal and governmental investigations.
Mr. Connolly has represented a variety of individual and
corporate clients in matters including white collar criminal defense,
securities and accounting fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA),
antitrust, environmental, health care fraud, export controls, and matters
involving national security. He has also represented clients called to testify
before House and Senate committees.
In some newsworthy cases:
Connolly served as lead counsel in the matter of Hatfill v. Ashcroft, a
Federal Privacy Act suit brought by Dr. Steven Hatfill against Attorney General
John Ashcroft, the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, stemming from a
campaign of leaks in the government's investigation of the anthrax
attacks. Dr. Hatfill was fully exonerated by
the FBI. The government ultimately paid Dr. Hatfill $5.8 million, one of the
largest Privacy Act settlements in history.
Connolly defended a former Blackwater Worldwide contractor indicted by the U.S.
Department of Justice in connection with a shooting incident in Baghdad,
Iraq. Following a 17-day hearing, the indictment was dismissed and
all charges against the client were dropped.
Connolly represented one of the defendants in U.S. v. Price, Zaborsky &
Ward, a high-profile obstruction of justice case in the District of
Columbia Superior Court. At the conclusion of the two-month trial, the
defendant was found not guilty.
Before joining Wiltshire & Grannis, Mr. Connolly served ten
years as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Eastern District of
Virginia and the District of Columbia. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr.
Connolly was lead trial counsel in more than 50 jury trials in matters
involving espionage, homicide, RICO, public corruption, bank fraud, government
procurement fraud, export control matters, and immigration fraud.
Mr. Connolly was awarded both the John Marshall Award, the
Department of Justice's highest honor, as well as the Intelligence Medallion,
the CIA's highest civilian honor, for his work in the prosecution of James
Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA official ever convicted of espionage.
Mr. Connolly also successfully prosecuted David Sheldon Boone, a National
Security Agency (NSA) crypto analyst, for spying on behalf of the Russian
Mr. Connolly is a member of the
American College of Trial Lawyers, a professional organization of the leading
trial attorneys in the nation. In addition, U.S. News has identified him as one of the
Best Lawyers in America every year since 2004 and Chambers USA ranked him as a notable white-collar crime and
government investigations practitioner. He has also been recognized many
times in Washingtonian magazine's
"Best Lawyers" in D.C. issue and in Superlawyers magazine,
who recently identified Mr. Connolly as one of Washington, D.C.’s “Top 100”
Mr. Connolly is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia,
New York, and United States Supreme Court bars.