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Michael P. Connolly Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

Boston
Email: mconnolly@murthalaw.com
Phone: 617-457-4078
Fax: 617-482-3868

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Education

  • New England School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • Boston College (B.A., 1993)

Michael P. Connolly


Michael Connolly is a partner in the Firm's Litigation Department. He focuses his practice in three areas: Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights, Internal Business Disputes, and Commercial Dispute Resolution.

In his Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights practice, Michael represents bankruptcy trustees, examiners, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. He also represents lenders outside of bankruptcy court in connection with enforcing or restructuring loan obligations.

In Michael's Internal Business Disputes practice, he represents owners and managers of family-owned businesses and closely-held businesses in connection with disputes between business owners under LLC operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and partnership agreements; claims against directors and officers concerning company management and operations; and other internal disputes concerning business valuations, corporate distributions, and access to company information.

In his Commercial Dispute Resolution practice, Michael represents businesses in commercial disputes involving contractors and trade practices, including business asset purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, financing and franchise agreements, disputes concerning trademarks, trade secrets, and other confidential business information, and land use and environmental matters.

Presentations:

  • Presented case studies on avoiding and handling disputes between siblings in family businesses at meeting of the Family-Owned Business Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section's Middle Market and Small Business Committee, Annual Meeting, September 2015

  • Small Client, Big Problems: Identifying Potential Criminal Issues and Preventing Them From Becoming Criminal Prosecutions, ABA Business Law Section Fall Meeting, Moderator, November, 2014
     
  • Presented case study on Rollins, Inc. family business dispute at meeting of the Family-Owned Business Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section's Middle Market and Small Business Committee, at Fall Meeting, November, 2014
     
  • Presented case study on Market Basket, Inc. family business dispute at meeting of Family-Owned Business Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section's Middle Market and Small Business Committee, at Annual Meeting, September, 2014
     
  • Business Divorce from Prenup to Breakup, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Chair and Panelist, August 2013
     
  • Handling Depositions with Confidence, Massachusetts Bar Association, January 2010 and May 2009
     
  • Overview of Director and Office Fiduciary Duties and Selected Liability Issues, roundtable discussion at Boston wealth management firm, October 2009
     
  • Managing E-Discovery Costs, Early Case Assessment, Strategic Matter Budgeting, & Litigation Plans, with John Wyman, presented to in-house legal department of Fortune 100 company, September 2009
     
  • Bankruptcy Overview, Northeast Massachusetts Chapter of SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), February, 2009

 

  • Family Firm Institute, New England Chapter, President 2014-2015 Term
  • American Bar Association
    - Middle Market and Small Business Committee, Chair of the Family-Owned Business Subcommittee
    - Member of Business Divorce Subcommittee
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court
Overview

Michael Connolly is a partner in the Firm's Litigation Department. He focuses his practice in three areas: Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights, Internal Business Disputes, and Commercial Dispute Resolution.

In his Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights practice, Michael represents bankruptcy trustees, examiners, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. He also represents lenders outside of bankruptcy court in connection with enforcing or restructuring loan obligations.

In Michael's Internal Business Disputes practice, he represents owners and managers of family-owned businesses and closely-held businesses in connection with disputes between business owners under LLC operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and partnership agreements; claims against directors and officers concerning company management and operations; and other internal disputes concerning business valuations, corporate distributions, and access to company information.

In his Commercial Dispute Resolution practice, Michael represents businesses in commercial disputes involving contractors and trade practices, including business asset purchase and sale agreements, commercial leases, financing and franchise agreements, disputes concerning trademarks, trade secrets, and other confidential business information, and land use and environmental matters.

Presentations:

  • Presented case studies on avoiding and handling disputes between siblings in family businesses at meeting of the Family-Owned Business Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section's Middle Market and Small Business Committee, Annual Meeting, September 2015

  • Small Client, Big Problems: Identifying Potential Criminal Issues and Preventing Them From Becoming Criminal Prosecutions, ABA Business Law Section Fall Meeting, Moderator, November, 2014
     
  • Presented case study on Rollins, Inc. family business dispute at meeting of the Family-Owned Business Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section's Middle Market and Small Business Committee, at Fall Meeting, November, 2014
     
  • Presented case study on Market Basket, Inc. family business dispute at meeting of Family-Owned Business Subcommittee of the ABA Business Law Section's Middle Market and Small Business Committee, at Annual Meeting, September, 2014
     
  • Business Divorce from Prenup to Breakup, ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting, Chair and Panelist, August 2013
     
  • Handling Depositions with Confidence, Massachusetts Bar Association, January 2010 and May 2009
     
  • Overview of Director and Office Fiduciary Duties and Selected Liability Issues, roundtable discussion at Boston wealth management firm, October 2009
     
  • Managing E-Discovery Costs, Early Case Assessment, Strategic Matter Budgeting, & Litigation Plans, with John Wyman, presented to in-house legal department of Fortune 100 company, September 2009
     
  • Bankruptcy Overview, Northeast Massachusetts Chapter of SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives), February, 2009

 

Memberships
  • Family Firm Institute, New England Chapter, President 2014-2015 Term
  • American Bar Association
    - Middle Market and Small Business Committee, Chair of the Family-Owned Business Subcommittee
    - Member of Business Divorce Subcommittee
  • Boston Bar Association
Recognition
  • Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court
Publications
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Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Education
  • New England School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
  • Boston College (B.A., 1993)
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