N. Thomas Connally, III

N. Thomas Connally, III

Office Managing Partner
Northern Virginia

Email tom.connally@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 703 610 6126

Fax +1 703 610 6200

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

"Outstanding litigator and corporate counsel."  

Chambers USA, 2019

Tom Connally is a leading trial lawyer representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation, with extensive experience in handling cases in regulated industries.

Tom has tried and won all manner of substantial cases involving breach of contract, fraud, and other business torts. He handles disputes for companies in the technology, government contracts, satellite, aerospace, communications, media, energy, automotive, aviation, pharmaceutical, health care, and real estate industries, as well as important matters for associations, colleges, and universities.

Clients have commented to Chambers USA that Tom is "extremely smart," "superb at litigation strategy," and "excellent at oral argument," and praised Tom's "creativity and ability to think outside the box."

His work includes high-profile disputes for technology companies and cases for government contractors involving subcontracts, joint ventures, and teaming agreements. Tom has handled disputes in the satellite industry involving international joint ventures, launch contracts, and capacity and equipment agreements. His media cases have involved network affiliation agreements, station purchase contracts, and programming rights agreements. In real estate litigation, Tom has represented real estate investment trusts, limited partnerships, and developers in contract and partnership disputes.

Tom also defends public companies and their officers and directors in shareholder, antitrust, and securities litigation, and represents public and private entities and individuals in corporate, LLC, and partnership control disputes.

Tom is the Managing Partner of the firm's Northern Virginia Office, and a member and past co-chair of the firm's Legal Ethics Committee. He has served as President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, where he remains on the Board of Directors. Tom also recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

Awards and recognitions

2008-2019

Litigation: General Commercial (Virginia)
Chambers USA

2010-2019

Business Litigation
Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

2010-2019

Business Litigation
Virginia Super Lawyers

2014-2018

Top Attorneys in Business Litigation
Super Lawyers Business Edition

2014-2016

Legal Elite, Civil Litigation
Virginia Business magazine

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1993

B.A., University of Virginia, with distinction, 1990

Memberships

Immediate Past President, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter

Recent member, Board of Governors, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Arlington County Bar Association

Member, Fairfax County Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Virginia

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia

U.S. Supreme Court

Representative experience

Winning a US$385m jury trial for Orbital ATK over a joint venture to market Orbital ATK’s mission extension vehicle, a new type of spacecraft designed to extend the useful lives of geostationary satellites.

Winning jury verdict for the defense in LLC control dispute, defeating derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty, loyalty, and LLC operating agreement.

Successful representation of agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia in litigation over a US$2.6bn contract outsourcing the information technology services of the state government.

Successful defense of REITs accused of breaching right of first offer for office complex in US$1.4bn real estate portfolio transaction.

Obtaining dismissal of a high-profile wrongful death claim asserted against the third-party administrator of a state employee health plan.

Winning substantial verdict, including US$3.3m in punitive damages, for pro bono client against perpetrators of a "pre-foreclosure" scam.

Winning trial of online news feed royalty dispute in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Winning appeal to the 4th Circuit sustaining the dismissal of a False Claims Act case against a state student loan authority.

Winning an appeal in the Virginia Supreme Court on statute of limitations issues for the American Physical Therapy Association.

Successful handling of claims involving subcontracts, teaming agreements and joint ventures for government contractors in state and federal courts.

Successful representation of the Holy See in licensing dispute regarding the reproduction rights for Vatican treasures and works of art.

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