A former United States Attorney, Colm F. Connolly helps companies and individuals faced with complex legal issues across a wide spectrum of subject matters. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute, Colm is a seasoned litigator with a national reputation for his courtroom advocacy. Colm has tried dozens of cases in federal and state courts and has argued more than a dozen times before the US Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the Delaware Supreme Court. His practice includes complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, white collar criminal matters, and corporate investigations. He is Managing Partner of the Wilmington office.
Colm handles complex cases for clients from a wide range of industry sectors in contract, fraud, patent, noncompete, and criminal matters. He recently represented a multinational energy company in an arbitration in Texas against its insurers, defended a group of insurance and financial services companies against contract and fraud claims related to a stock purchase agreement, represented the former CEO of a major financial institution in connection with investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ), and defended a national mortgage registry company against consumer fraud claims brought by the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.
Colm gained national prominence as an Assistant US Attorney for leading the multiagency investigation into the disappearance of the secretary to the governor of Delaware and prosecuting the millionaire lawyer, Thomas Capano, for her murder. After a three-month jury trial, Colm and his team obtained a first-degree murder conviction despite the absence of a body, murder weapon, or witness to the killing. Colm’s three-day cross-examination of Capano culminated in the defendant’s uncontrollable outbursts and ejection from the courtroom. The case is the subject of five books, including The New York Times bestseller And Never Let Her Go by Ann Rule.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Colm served for more than seven years as the US Attorney for the District of Delaware. In that capacity, Colm managed the federal government’s criminal prosecutions in the district and represented the departments and agencies of the federal government in all civil matters filed in Delaware courts.
Colm is committed to serving those in need of legal and economic help. As an Assistant US Attorney he prosecuted the first federal criminal civil rights case in Delaware, and he currently devotes numerous pro bonohours each year to help victims of domestic violence win protection from abuse orders in Delaware’s Family Court. Colm also serves on the boards of Delaware Hospice, the states’ only nonprofit hospice organization, and the Ministry of Caring, a nonprofit that provides a network of social, health, and support services for those living in poverty in greater Wilmington. Colm and his wife, Anne, have four children.
Defending insurance and financial services companies against contract and fraud claims related to a stock purchase agreement
Defending a law firm against fraud and conspiracy claims
Representing a multinational energy company in a declaratory judgment action against its insurers
Serving as an expert witness on Delaware law in a technology licensing dispute litigated in Taiwan
Representing multinational technology manufacturers in numerous Delaware patent cases
Representing a national lender in connection with syndicated loan litigation in Delaware Chancery Court
Representing a bank holding company and subsidiaries and conducting an internal investigation in connection with a grand jury investigation conducted by the Antitrust Division of U.S. Department of Justice
Representing a national pharmaceutical chain and conducting an internal investigation in connection with United States Department of Justice false claims investigation
Representing a hospice care firm in connection with an investigation conducted by a state Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit
Representing an assisted living facility in connection with a criminal investigation into the elopement and death of a resident
Defending a law firm sued for alleged racketeering violations, fraud, and malpractice in the District of Delaware
Representing a national investment advisory firm in connection with an investigation by the Delaware Securities Commissioner
Representing a bank holding company in connection with an investigation by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP)
Conducted an internal investigation and provided privacy breach notification advice for a multinational financial services company in connection with a data system breach
Conducted an internal FCPA investigation for a global manufacturing company
Represented a health care company in connection with an investigation conducted by a United States Senate committee
Duke University School of Law, 1991, J.D., With Honors
London School of Economics and Political Science, 1987, M.Sc.
University of Notre Dame, 1986, B.A., With Honors
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
Clerkship to Judge Walter Stapleton of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1991 - 1992)
Awards and Affiliations
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Member, American Law Institute
Member, Federal Bar Association
Member, Delaware Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, U.S. District Court Advisory Committee
Member, Third Circuit Committee on Model Jury Instructions
Member, St. Thomas More Society
Recipient, Dr. James Tilton Distinguished Service Award
Recipient, Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney
Recipient, International Academy of Trial Lawyers Top Student Advocacy Award
Director, Board of The Ministry of Caring, Inc.
Trustee, Board of Delaware Hospice, Inc. (2009–2015)