It was announced via a press release on Tuesday by the law firm DLA Piper that Robert Connolly joined the Litigation practice in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Connolly will be working as counsel to the firm.
Until recently, Connolly worked as the Chief of the Middle Atlantic Office of the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division. He began working in that position in 1994.
“With more than 30 years of litigation experience, Bob has a notable reputation for his representation in high-stakes matters. His addition will strengthen our ability to represent multinational clients in complex litigation matters and high-profile regulatory and governmental investigations,” said Robert Mathias, joint global leader and US chair of DLA Piper’s Litigation practice. “His seasoned experience provides him with valuable credentials that will greatly benefit our clients and our Litigation practice, particularly in the area of criminal antitrust.”
“Bob has an extraordinary track record of investigatory and compliance work at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division and his inside knowledge of criminal antitrust prosecutions will be an invaluable asset to our firm’s clients as they navigate the criminal and civil waters of an ever more dangerous antitrust tide surging nationally and internationally,” said Carl Hittinger, leader of Philadelphia’s Litigation practice. “Bob’s addition will also be instrumental in enriching the already strong antitrust and unfair competition practice group in our Philadelphia office. Bob joins, among others, partner Lesli Esposito, a former senior supervising lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission, who also works with me in our Philadelphia antitrust group.”
Early on in his career, Connolly worked as a trial attorney and then as the assistant chief at the Antitrust Division’s Middle Atlantic office. Connolly has taught antitrust law at the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University and at Rutgers-Camden Law School. He earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. He earned his B.A. from the State University of New York, College at Cortland.