Brien P. Connolly


Brien P. Connolly joined Avery, Dooley & Noone in 1992, as a general practitioner in the areas of civil litigation, residential real estate transactions, administration and probate of estates, and criminal defense. Mr. Connolly’s practice grew to focus on labor and employment law concentrating in the area of federal employment law, including administrative law and appeals, security clearance matters, prohibited personnel practices, whistleblower retaliation, and complaints of discrimination.

Mr. Connolly has defended employees in disciplinary proceedings ranging from letters of reprimand to removal; represented employees in investigations conducted by various Offices of the Inspector General and the internal affairs departments of several government agencies; and worked in conjunction with employee unions representing members in grievances and arbitration proceedings. In addition, he has represented clients relative to the proposed revocation of their security clearances before various agency commissions and tribunals, including the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals.

Mr. Connolly’s practice includes matters before the following:

  • Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)
  • Agency Tribunals and Investigative Bodies
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals
  • The Office of Special Counsel
  • Massachusetts State Courts
  • Federal District and Appellate Courts
  • Mediation, Arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1993


  • New England Law — J.D. 1992
  • Assumption College — Magna Cum Laude, B.A. 1989

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Cambridge-Arlington-Belmont Bar Association President, 2010-2011, and Board of Directors, 2008-2010

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