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About Mark Connolly

Mark V. Connolly is a member of the San Joaquin County Bar Association, the San Joaquin County Trial Lawyers Association and the California Trial Lawyers Association (now CAOC-Consumer Attorney’s of California). Mr. Connolly has appeared in the courts in San Joaquin County and surrounding Bay Area and foothill counties, as well as Federal Courts and Appeals Courts. This wide variety of experience over 2 decades enables Mr. Connolly to assist clients with most civil litigation matters.

Mr. Connolly obtained his law degree from the University of Santa Clara, School of Law in 1982 after receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Santa Clara in Accounting. In 1983, He opened his practice in Tracy, California, and has practiced there continuously gaining over 23 years of trial experience.

Mark V. Connolly has represented clients in many cases from civil litigation to environmental law. No lawyer who accepts challenging and difficult cases can represent that he or she has “never lost a case”. Like all trial lawyers, Mr. Connolly has won and lost cases. A sample of the variety of civil cases litigated by Mr. Connolly includes:

  • Traqc vs. City of Tracy (2006-2007) - Mark V. Connolly was the author of Tracy Growth Control Ordinance "Measure A" which was passed by Tracy voters in 2000.  Mark V. Connolly successfully challenged action by the Tracy City Council effectively repealing part of that voter enacted growth control ordinance.  The court found that the Tracy City council committed an "abuse of discretion" in enacting an Ordinance in direct conflict with Measure A.   A full text of the final Statement of Decision can be viewed at here.
  • Peterson vs. Wherehouse(2001) - With lead counsel Stockton Attorney Stewart Tabak in Santa Clara County Mark V. Connolly obtained a verdict of approximately $15,000,000.00 on behalf of the family of a father and husband badly injured on the job as an HVAC repair person. As a result of his injury Mr. David Peterson suffered severe brain injury and went from being a young healthy husband and father to a resident of a long term care facility living in a permanent vegetative state which is similar to a coma
  • Koster vs. San Joaquin County(1998) - a case concerning the tiering of an EIR (Environmental Impact Report). San Joaquin County approved a new town project based on a tiered EIR. The issue was whether a project could be fragmented into parts and studied in those parts under the pretext of a tiered EIR.  A copy of this complex CEQA land use case can be viewed at here.

As an environmental attorney and litigator, Mr. Connolly has represented such groups as the Land Utilization Alliance, the Peoples’ Organization for Land Preservation, the San Joaquin Audubon Society, San Joaquin Farm Bureau, TRAQC (Tracy Region Alliance for a Quality Community), Save Our Soil and Protect Sutter County –Let-Us-Vote. Mr. Connolly has written and successfully defended 5 local land use initiatives. He authored Measure A, which was passed by the voters of Tracy in December 2000 and remains the law in Tracy concerning residential growth.

Mark V. Connolly is President and operates Connolly Ranch, Inc., a 9,000 acre 330 head cow/calf operation located in San Joaquin and Alameda Counties. The Connolly Ranch has been a family owned and operated ranch since 1872. The Ranch participates in the Department of Fish and Game Private Lands Management Program for the management of a herd of 120 Tule Elk. Mr. Connolly is a licensed game guide for wild pig and elk hunting.

Mr. Connolly is available to offer expert testimony concerning cattle operations and management based on his educational background in business, accounting and management, as well as over 30 years in the livestock industry.

 

 

Mark V. Connolly
Mark V. Connolly

 
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