It is the missing link in John R. Connolly’s biography. The one you will not hear about on the campaign trail. For all his talk of his experience as a teacher, Connolly has spent far longer, 12 years, as a lawyer.
His legal career has taken him into the offices of Ropes & Gray, one of the city’s top law firms, where as an entry-level lawyer he assisted in corporate transactions, including the leveraged buyout of a large private company. He has worked in bankruptcy law, and became a partner at his own small firm, where he handled minor business transactions while spending the bulk of his time on the City Council.
But Connolly rarely mentions his work as a lawyer, insisting the law “was never where [his] heart was.” He emphasizes that he doesn’t “have anything to hide,” but has steadfastly refused requests to release his client list for that legal work, citing attorney-client privilege.
He says he has appeared before a judge only once in more than a decade as an attorney, and cannot even recall the nature of the case.
As Connolly tells it, the law was just a way to pay the bills. From nearly the outset of his legal career, he was preoccupied with another idea.
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