N. Thomas Connally, III

N. Thomas Connally, III

Office Managing Partner, Northern Virginia

Email tom.connally@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 703 610 6126

Fax +1 703 610 6200

Practice groupLitigation

"He's an excellent attorney who is very well respected. He's ... sought after to handle the kind of matters that are really significant."

Chambers USA 2016

Tom Connally is a leading trial lawyer representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation, and has extensive experience in handling cases in regulated industries.

Tom has tried and won all manner of substantial cases involving breach of contract, fraud, and other business torts. He handles disputes for companies in the technology, government contracts, communications, media, energy, aerospace, automotive, aviation, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and real estate industries, as well as important matters for associations, colleges, and universities.

Clients have commented to Chambers USA that Tom is "extremely smart," "superb at litigation strategy," and "excellent at oral argument," and praised Tom's "creativity and ability to think outside the box." Peers have told Chambers USA that Tom's "an excellent attorney who is very well respected. He's ... sought after to handle the kind of matters that are really significant."

His work includes high-profile licensing disputes for technology companies and cases for government contractors involving subcontracts, joint ventures, and teaming agreements. Tom defends public companies in shareholder, antitrust, and securities litigation and represents public and private entities and individuals in corporate, LLC, and partnership control disputes. In real estate litigation, Tom has represented real estate limited partnerships, investment trusts, and developers in contract and partnerships disputes. His media cases have involved network affiliation agreements, station purchase agreements, programming rights agreements, as well as international satellite capacity and equipment agreements.

Tom is the Managing Partner of the firm's Northern Virginia Office. He also serves as President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

Awards and recognitions


Litigation: General Commercial (Virginia)
Chambers USA


Top Attorneys in Business Litigation
Super Lawyers Business Edition


Legal Elite, Civil Litigation
Virginia Business magazine


Business Litigation
Virginia Super Lawyers


Business Litigation
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1993

B.A., University of Virginia, with distinction, 1990


President, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter

Recent member, Board of Governors, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Arlington County Bar Association

Member, Fairfax County Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

U.S. Supreme Court

Representative experience

Winning a US$385m jury trial for Orbital ATK over a joint venture to market Orbital ATK’s mission extension vehicle, a new type of spacecraft designed to extend the useful lives of geostationary satellites.

Winning defense verdict in LLC control dispute, defeating derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty, loyalty, and LLC operating agreement.

Successful defense of REITs accused of breaching right of first offer for office complex in US$1.4bn real estate portfolio transaction.

Obtaining dismissal of a high-profile wrongful death claim asserted against the third-party administrator of a state employee health plan.

Winning substantial verdict, including US$3.3m in punitive damages, for pro bono client against perpetrators of a "pre-foreclosure" scam.

Winning trial of online news feed royalty dispute in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Winning appeal to the 4th Circuit sustaining the dismissal of a False Claims Act case against a state student loan authority.

Winning an appeal in the Virginia Supreme Court on statute of limitations issues for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Successful handling of claims involving subcontracts, teaming agreements and joint ventures for government contractors in state and federal courts.

Successful representation of the Holy See in licensing dispute regarding the reproduction rights for Vatican treasures and works of art.

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