Arthur G. (Chip) Connolly, III is a founding partner of Connolly Gallagher, LLP. He is the former managing partner of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, where he started his career in 1989 after serving a judicial clerkship with the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Chip has been regularly involved in corporate, commercial and patent litigation in state and federal courts in Delaware for most of his career. His practice also includes the representation of companies and investors in general corporate and business matters; the acquisition, sale and licensing of intellectual property assets; and, the issuance of opinions relating to Delaware alternative entities such as limited liability companies, limited partnerships and statutory trusts. Chip is a Delaware Superior Court certified mediator.
Chip has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for intellectual property litigation since 2012 and commercial litigation since 2013. Chambers USA: Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked Chip among Delaware Intellectual Property practitioners since 2012. Chip debuted in both Managing Intellectual Property's 2018-19 Managing IP- IP Stars Guide as well as IAM Patent 1000- The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2018. Described by sources, he is commended for being “a savvy and talented patent litigator, and warm as a person, he is one of the state’s true stars.” Chip was identified in Delaware Super Lawyers and Delaware Today Top Lawyers for intellectual property law. In addition, he is AV® rated in Martindale-Hubbell's Preeminent™ Peer Review certification and recognized as an Irish Legal 100 honoree.
Chip served a judicial clerkship with the Delaware Court of Chancery from 1988-89. From 1991-93, he served as an attorney to the Delaware State Senate. From 1983-85, he served as a legislative assistant to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., then a U.S. Senator from Delaware. Most recently, in 2017, Chip served as a mentor at the Federal Trial Practice seminar sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and the District of Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The seminar was a multi-week instructional trial practice program for lawyers with less than 10 years of practice experience who have an interest in regularly litigating in the District Court.
In addition to his legal practice, Chip is very involved in the community. Chip is the Vice Chair of the Delaware Judicial Nominating Commission. He is an advisory board member of the First State Fintech Lab. And he also serves on the boards of the Ministry of Caring, Village of St. John, Laffey-McHugh Foundation and the Combined Campaign for Justice.
- Opinion Clients: 2019 Amendments to the Delaware Alternative Entity Statutes and Delaware General Corporation Law (July 2019)
- District of Delaware Update, ILN IP Insider (July 2019)
- Delaware Statutory Trusts Manual (Matthew Bender, 2010), Contributing Author