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  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts


  • University of Connecticut Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1991)
  • Boston College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1984)
  • Boston Latin School

Kathleen E. Connolly

Ms. Connolly has a wide range of experience in land use permitting law and litigation, and an extensive background in land use and environmental law with an emphasis on zoning, planning and conservation. She counsels developers and other applicants before local, state and federal permitting agencies. She also counsels municipalities on drafting and implementing effective wetlands, zoning by-laws and health regulations, handles zoning and wetlands permitting appeals in the Superior Court, Appeals Court and Land Court as well as wetlands appeals before the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Administrative Law Appeals. In 2012, she obtained a victory before the SJC on the application of the Massachusetts SLAPP (Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation) statute in a case involving a landowner-farmer who was attempting to comply with a local wetlands order.

As President of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), Ms. Connolly conducts seminars on environmental law, provides legal advice to the state’s conservation commissions through a telephone hotline and regularly publishes articles in the quarterly newsletter. She also served on the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Technical Steering Committee developing recommendations to the DCR for management of its forest and benefits for the citizens of Massachusetts and the environment. Ms. Connolly is a member of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (‘MLTC’), and regularly presents and publishes articles on trends in the land trust and tax law related to conservation lands and easements. She is an advisor and presenter at the MLTC’s Attorneys’ Advisory Panel, and she was part of a group of five other attorneys to rewrite the Massachusetts Model Conservation Restriction and its Amendment Policy, which was published in March 2008. Ms. Connolly is Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Public Policy and Legislation Committee.

Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Ms. Connolly was a principal at a Boston law firm for 16 years. She also served as a writer and educator at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Public Affairs Division of the New England Region.

Ms. Connolly was the Author of "EPA Enforcement of Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluations (SITE)", "Public Perception of Environmental Risks in New England, U.S. GPO" in 1988 and was Co-Author and Co-Editor of "MACC Environmental Handbook for Conservation Commissioners, 2006-2007."

  • President, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC)
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Chosen as Honoree for "Top Women of Law" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2014
  • American Bar Association Section of Urban, State & Local Government Law Prize Award for "Excellence in the Study of Law and Land Use and Local Government," 1991
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superior Performance Awards
  • EPA Enforcement of Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluations (SITE)
  • Author, Public Perception of Environmental Risks in New England, U.S. GPO, 1988
  • Co-Author & Co-Editor, MACC Environmental Handbook for Conservation Commissioners, 2006-2007
  • Annual Speaker, MACC Annual Environmental Conference, College of the Holy Cross
  • Presenter at Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition Annual Conference
  • Lecturer on Enforcement and Conservation Law at Seasonal Conferences by MACC
  • CLE Course: Permitting Solar and Wind Energy
  • MACC Annual Environmental Conference 
  • MACC Fall Conference: Hot Topics! News You Can Use, October 2010
  • MACC Fall Conference: Hot Topics! News You Can Use, November 2010
  • Recordingkeeping Essentials for Land Trusts (recorded for sale by LTA)
  • Farming in Wetland Resource Areas
  • So, You Want to Run a Farmstand: The Legal Necessities
  • Recent cases on Farming in Wetlands
  • Private and Public Wetland, Floodplain & Riverfront Enforcement: Learn the Secrets
  • Administering and Enforcing the Wetlands Protection Act and Your Local ByLaw
  • Creative Approaches to Financing Your Commission
  • Update on Open Meeting and State Ethics Commission's Conflict of Interest Laws
  • Wetlands and Open Space Law: Your Authority, Where it Comes From and How to Use it Effectively (Advanced Credit Course)
  • Conservation Commissions' Authority to Collect and Spend Fees
  • Bring Your Own Problems on Enforcement, taught with Gregor I. McGregor and Moderated by Carl Dierker, Esq., USEPA Regional Counsel, February 28, 2009
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