William M. Connolly

Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

William M. Connolly

William M. Connolly

Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Biography

William M. Connolly is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Communications Litigation Practice Groups. He joined the firm in 1996 following a two-year judicial clerkship with the Honorable Joseph J. Longobardi, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Bill's practice is focused on complex class action and commercial litigation.

Communications Litigation. Bill is the vice chair of the firm's Communications Litigation Practice Group, and represents communications companies in class actions, corporate governance disputes and commercial litigation matters.

Consumer and Securities Class Actions. Bill has defended companies in numerous class actions in both state and federal courts across the country, specializing in matters involving both wireless communications companies and accounting firms. As part of this practice, Bill often works with other attorneys in co-counsel or joint-defense group roles. Bill also works with companies to develop proactive policies to address and resolve consumer issues before they result in class action litigation.

Corporate Governance Litigation. Bill has represented officers, corporations and shareholders in a wide range of corporate governance disputes, with a particular emphasis on matters involving valuation of business enterprises.

At Drinker. Bill serves as Chair of the firm’s Audit Committee, the Financial Partner for the firm’s Litigation Department, and the vice-chair of the firm's Communications Litigation Practice Group.

In General. Bill graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in accounting and philosophy. He worked as an auditor for the public accounting firm Deloitte & Touche before entering William and Mary Law School, where he graduated first in his class. While at William and Mary, he was a board editor for the William and Mary Law Review and a two-year teaching assistant in William and Mary's legal skills program. He is married, has two children, and lives in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania.

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Primary Location

Pennsylvania

Number of Boards

2

Birthday

03/31/1938

Age

81

Number of Awards

4

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William M. Connolly
Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Education
Accounting & Philosophy, cum laude

The University of Notre Dame’s endowment provides nearly $100 million in financial aid annually to help students pay for college. Less than a generation ago, in 1990, the number was around $5 million. They’ve been able to keep pace with the rapidly growing financial needs of students, in part, by making smart investments in private equity.

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William & Mary Law School, located in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the oldest law school in the United States still in operation. William & Mary Law School is a part of the College of William & Mary, the second oldest college in the United States. The Law School maintains an enrollment of about six hundred students seeking the juris doctor, the fundamental legal degree in the United States today. Admission to the Law School is highly selective and the faculty is well regarded, according to Brian Leiter's law school rankings.

Memberships
Board Editor
Prior

Since its beginning in 1957, the William & Mary Law Review has become one of the top general interest law journals in the country. The Law Review, published entirely by William & Mary Law students, includes six issues per academic year and features the work of noted scholars and William & Mary students. By publishing an annual volume of legal writing, the Law Review provides a forum for academic treatment of a variety of legal issues, offers a unique educational opportunity for its student members, aids practitioners in understanding recent developments in the law, and enhances the life of the Law School.

Career History
Partner
1996 - Current

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP provides legal services in areas such as corporate and securities, corporate restructuring, investment management, health care, real estate, environment and energy, employee benefits and executive compensation, commercial litigation, life insurance and annuities, insurance coverage, labor and employment, intellectual property, government and regulatory affairs, communications litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation, and private client services. The company was founded in 1849 and it is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

Auditor
Prior

Deloitte & Touche LLP engages in the provision of auditing and consulting services. It also provides accounting, financial advisory, risk management, and tax services. Its services include international financial reporting, assurance, advisory, tax auditing, corporate governance, risk consulting, advisory services, mergers and acquisitions, government compliance, and human capital consulting services. Deloitte & Touche was founded on March 7, 1995 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Chair, Audit Committee
Current

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP provides legal services in areas such as corporate and securities, corporate restructuring, investment management, health care, real estate, environment and energy, employee benefits and executive compensation, commercial litigation, life insurance and annuities, insurance coverage, labor and employment, intellectual property, government and regulatory affairs, communications litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation, and private client services. The company was founded in 1849 and it is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

Director
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The Cannon Foundation, Inc. began in 1943, much as a corporate foundation, with giving focused on communities where Cannon Mills plants were located. Following the 1971 death of its founder, Charles A. Cannon and the subsequent sale of the Cannon Mills Company, the Foundation evolved into an independent foundation. Virtually all giving is in North Carolina, and over the past few years has expanded from just the local area to reach from Manteo to Murphy. However, the highest priority continues to be Cabarrus County and related communities, followed by the Piedmont region, and then rural areas of North Carolina. Normally, grant requests from organizations located in the state's major metropolitan areas do not receive a high priority unless the organization serves rural areas. Historically, the principal grant fields have been healthcare, primarily in the local area, and education, especially independent liberal arts colleges in the Piedmont and Western regions of the state. In recent years, there has been an increase in grants to human and social service programs and organizations. A limited number of grants are made in the fields of arts and culture, historic preservation and environmental concerns. Grants in the area of religion normally are reserved for local (Cabarrus County) churches and are restricted in amount. The Foundation makes grants for capital purposes, (new construction, renovation and expansion) and projects and programs, but generally not for organizational operating expenses. It does not make grants for endowments, nor does it make multi-year pledges.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New Jersey Bar
Court Admission: US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Court Admission: U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
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