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Matthew J. Connolly

Partner / Boston

Overview

Matthew J. Connolly is a partner in Nutter’s Real Estate Department. He focuses his practice on advising a wide range of clients in environmental/administrative/government law, compliance matters, and regulatory litigation.

Matt has extensive experience in representing companies and individuals in federal and state courts, and before multiple agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

Matt is also deeply familiar with state government, having previously served as the General Counsel to the Executive Office of Education in the Administration of Governor Baker and Lieutenant Governor Polito. In this role, he was the chief legal officer to the Education Secretariat and a trusted advisor on legal issues and policy development to the Secretary of Education, the Governor’s Office, and the three state education departments:  the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Higher Education. This work also included overseeing litigation involving the secretariat and its departments and coordinating with other state agencies on cross-secretariat matters. In 2021, Matt received the Manuel Carballo Governor’s Team Award for Excellence in Public Service in recognition of a multi-agency team’s outstanding contributions. Matt has also served as the interim chief legal counsel and senior policy advisor at the Office of the State Senate Minority Leader in Boston.

In the U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers survey of “2017 Best Law Firms,” a client described Matt as “an example of what a really good attorney should be. He is always responsive and on top of issues, tasks, and timelines. Matthew is not only able to understand and then explain in a clear and precise language complex technical concepts we deal with in our engagement, but he is also able to shed a new light on the technical and procedural matters we have at hand.”

Notable Experience and Client Impact

  • Municipalities and quasi-government entities in appeals of their state and federal water discharge permits
  • A Massachusetts community in defending a citizens’ suit brought be an environmental group alleging violations of the state Clean Waters Act
  • A publicly traded energy company in a multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute involving a joint venture
  • Energy traders and companies in several enforcement and compliance matters before FERC
  • Several companies and financial institutions in non-public and internal investigations involving complex regulatory and reporting procedures
  • A multi-billion dollar company in a federal jury trial regarding an overtime compensation dispute under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Achieved a successful seven-figure verdict in a breach of contract dispute and fraud allegations involving the sale of a national company based in New Hampshire

Matt continues his leadership outside of the firm as a member of the Boston Bar Association. He is a member of the 2016-17 class of the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program, which promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their communities.

Prior to rejoining Nutter in 2022 and his service in the Baker/Polito Administration, Matt was a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department, where he advised individuals and companies on complex business disputes, regulatory proceedings, and white collar defense and investigations. Prior to that, he spent a number of years as a litigator in the Washington, DC office of an international law firm.

During law school, Matt served as a senior articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and president of the Student Funded Public Interest Fellowships Program.

Matt enjoys participating in Massachusetts politics. He regularly advises candidates on political and legal issues for federal, state, and local campaigns.

Experience

Experience

  • Cali’flour Foods

    Nutter advised Cali’flour Foods, the developer and manufacturer of low-carb, gluten-free cauliflower products, in a Series A financing round led by Sunrise Strategic Partners, with participation from CircleUp Growth Partners.

  • Veterans Board of Appeals

    Secured Veterans Board of Appeals remand for veteran’s widow in the appeal of her claim for death benefits for the veteran’s suicide.

  • Private Investment Firm

    Nutter represented a private investment firm specializing in energy infrastructure investments when it sought to purchase two natural gas power plants. Nutter assisted with the due diligence review and negotiation of the purchase and sale agreement. The private investment firm initially engaged Nutter to focus on state environmental, real estate, and energy issues. As negotiations progressed, Nutter advised the firm on tax, labor, employee benefits, and other contractual issues as well.

News & Insights

Publications

Honors

Honors

  • 2021 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Team Award for Excellence in Public Service
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law, Up & Coming Lawyer Honoree, 2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-2019
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014

Education & Admissions

Education

Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif
Georgetown University, B.A.

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia

Noteworthy

  • 2021 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Team Award for Excellence in Public Service
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in the Law, Up & Coming Lawyer Honoree, 2017
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-2019
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014
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