Caitlin Connolly received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 2012. Upon graduating, Ms. Connolly served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office under Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. for six-and-a-half years. Ms. Connolly was drawn to matrimonial law by the opportunity to give clients guidance and confidence through a momentous transition. Her experience in the District Attorney’s Office, especially in the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking units, provides her with a blend of empathy and experience that is equally well suited for creative negotiation and forceful advocacy on behalf of clients.
Ms. Connolly has extensive courtroom advocacy experience, having tried twenty-five cases to verdict as a first chair, second-chaired two murder prosecutions, and presented over 100 cases to New York County grand juries. In addition to serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Trial Bureau 40, Ms. Connolly was appointed to the Homicide Chart as a cadet and handled some of the most sensitive and challenging cases in the office as a member of the Sex Crimes Unit and the Human Trafficking Unit. Ms. Connolly specialized in domestic violence crimes and was appointed bureau-wide supervisor for domestic violence, which entailed advising 12 junior attorneys on investigative techniques and trial strategy.
While attending Harvard, Ms. Connolly was a teaching assistant for Professor Robert Mnookin, a leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution, in the esteemed Harvard Program on Negotiation. Ms. Connolly was also an Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and conducted a wide variety of research and clinical coursework in the areas of child exploitation, family violence, and criminal justice.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Ms. Connolly received her B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of departmental honors. She is a member of the Family Law section of the New York State Bar Association and the New York Women’s Bar Association.