December 14, 2018

Catherine R. Connors

Cathy Connors is an appellate lawyer, handling civil and criminal litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as petitions for review of administrative decisions. Cathy has argued more than 100 appeals, primarily in the United States Courts of Appeals and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Cathy also leads Pierce Atwood's partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and filed an amici brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 23 historians and the American Historians Association in support of striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

As an appellate lawyer, Cathy's litigation practice runs the gamut from representation of corporations to individuals, such as Senator Susan Collins. The breadth of subject areas she has addressed is equally broad. Cathy joined Pierce Atwood after serving as a Law Clerk for Chief Judge John F. Grady of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Listed since 2007 in Best Lawyers in America® for Appellate Law and other areas
  • Named 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Maine by The Best Lawyers in America® for Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation
  • Named a First Circuit Litigation Star in Benchmark Appellate
  • Elected a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 2005 and to the Board in 2015
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities

  • Member, First Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, 2009-2012
  • Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
  • Maine Board of Bar Examiners, 1998-2006 (Chair in 2005)

Articles in the National Law Review database by Catherine R. Connors

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