Michael Connolly, Esq.
Shareholder & Supervising Partner of Special Education
Mr. Connolly is a shareholder at McAndrews Law Offices and was named Supervising Partner of Special Education in 2018. With twenty years of experience, he represents parents of children with special needs in a variety of education matters at administrative hearings and state and federal court. He has assisted parents in disputes involving their public school related to issues such as eligibility and identification, programming and placement, tuition reimbursement, discipline, bullying, and discrimination.
He also lectures across the state and nationally to parents, educators, and attorneys on special education and other education law related topics. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Connolly has been an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee, where he served as Vice Chair from 2002 through 2003 and as Chair from 2003 through 2006. In his roles as Vice Chair and Chair, he played an active part in helping to shape the Bar Association’s position on legal issues impacting students with disabilities as well as planning one of the Commonwealth’s preeminent legal conferences in the area of special education. Mr. Connolly continues to be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Legal Services for Exceptional Children’s Committee.
Mr. Connolly began his career in education law upon graduation from law school as an associate with a District of Columbia law firm representing parents in special education matters. He later became a partner in a law firm located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he spent nearly a decade representing school districts throughout state. Most recently, prior to joining McAndrews Law Offices, Mr. Connolly was a founding partner at another education law firm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where he spent seven year representing parents and students in educational matters.
Mr. Connolly is a native of Berks County, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wilson Sr. High School in West Lawn, and currently lives with his wife in East Norriton.
- The District of Columbia School of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 1998
- Thomas Moore College, B.A. (Political Science), 1994
Professional Organizations and Activities
Pennsylvania Bar Association, member, 1998 – present
Pennsylvania Bar Association Legal Services for Exceptional Children Committee, member, 1998 – present; Vice Chair, 2002 – 2003; Chair, 2003 – 2006
- District of Columbia (inactive)
- Special Education
- Civil Litigation