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N. Thomas Connally, III

Partner
Northern Virginia

N. Thomas Connally, III

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.

In addition to trial work in federal and state courts, Tom handles appeals, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and mediations. He is the Northern Virginia Office Practice Manager for the firm's Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Group, and Co-Chair of the firm's Legal Ethics Committee. Tom also serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association, and as Vice President and a board member of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

"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

Representative Experience

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.

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 Fourth Circuit sustaining the dismissal of a False Claims Act case against a state student loan.

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.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1993
  • B.A., with distinction, University of Virginia, 1990

Memberships

  • Board of Governors, Virginia Bar Association
  • Member, Arlington County Bar Association
  • Member, Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Secretary, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth 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

2008-2016

General Commercial

Chambers USA Litigation

2014-2015

Business Edition, Top Attorneys in Business Litigation

Super Lawyers

2014-2015

Legal Elite, Civil Litigation

Virginia Business

2010-2016

Business Litigation

Virginia Super Lawyers

2010-2016

Business Litigation

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

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