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JOHN R. “Jack” Connelly is the founder of Connelly Law Offices ,a boutique litigation practice with offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington focusing on representation of families and individuals who have been injured or whose rights have been violated.

Founded in 2006, Connelly’s firm is rooted in four core values: truth, justice, accountability and equal access. His advocacy for plaintiffs in numerous high profile cases has resulted in landmark verdicts and positive changes in laws protecting vulnerable citizens.

Connelly has been practicing law for over 40 years, entirely in representation of plaintiffs. He maintains a strong interest in cases which hold government and corporate entities accountable, which emphasize the dignity and value of every human being, and which make a difference in how government officials and entities respond to the citizens they are charged with representing.

One of Connelly’s most notable cases was his years-long defense of children who were abused by the OK Boys Ranch group home for troubled youth in Olympia, Washington. He obtained over $70 million in settlements, and the case prompted investigations and major changes in group home care throughout the U.S. Connelly has worked to achieve over 100 seven and eight figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured victims.

Connelly is regularly cited by Washington Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. He maintains an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and was the group’s Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2007.

Connelly earned a BA from Stanford University, and a JD from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Married with nine children, Connelly traces his Irish roots to Bruff, Co. Limerick and likely Co. Galway. He is a member of the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle. He and his family have visited Ireland several times.





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