Biography

Rated “Highly Recommended,” by the Allegheny County Bar Association, Patrick is seeking a seat as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas. Patrick Connelly is a lifelong resident of Allegheny County, with deep roots in the Pittsburgh region, and a strong commitment to his career and community.

Professional Experience:

Patrick is a trial attorney with over 20 years of experience.  Prior to starting his own practice, where he focuses on civil, criminal, and family law matters, Patrick was a partner at a downtown law firm, specializing in civil litigation.  Patrick has handled thousands of cases throughout western and central Pennsylvania, including serving as lead counsel on more than fifty jury trials. He has handled countless bench trials, arbitration hearings, and has been appointed by the court as special arbitrator to hear and resolve civil disputes. In addition to his litigation experience, Patrick is a certified mediator, and was appointed by the Federal Court as a mediator, arbitrator and early neutral evaluator.  Given his breadth of experience, Patrick is currently rated as “highly recommended” by his peers in the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Community Involvement and Service:

Patrick has utilized his legal experience to serve the public. He was appointed to serve on the City of Pittsburgh’s Ethics Hearing Board, and selected by his fellow members to serve as chairman of the board.  Patrick currently serves as a Hearing Officer for the Allegheny Retirement Board.

Patrick is deeply engaged within Pittsburgh’s Irish Community, and has served as the solicitor of the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the past ten years, and also as the solicitor for the Board of Directors of the Irish Society for Education and Charity, a 501(c)3 organization responsible for the promotion of Irish culture in the Pittsburgh region. Patrick is the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, where he performs extensive pro bono legal work for the local non-profit organization.

In addition to his pro bono legal work, Patrick has dedicated his personal time to his community in other ways. He is currently a mentor in the Cityof Pittsburgh Public Schools Be a Middle School Mentor program. Patrick is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Citizens Police Academy as well as the City of Pittsburgh Civic Leadership Academy. Patrick became a leader in the ServePittsburgh initiative when he worked with other Leadership Academy graduates to adopt a “Redd Up” zone in the Strip District, where one can find Patrick, broom in hand, literally cleaning up the streets of Pittsburgh. Patrick was commended by the City of Pittsburgh for his volunteer work and his commitment to community in 2012 with the presentation of a Citizens Service Award.

Education:

Patrick attended Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport, PA;. Boston College, in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics; and his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law.

Personal:

Patrick was born in Elizabeth Township, the southernmost part of Allegheny County, and raised in Duquesne, where his father worked for U.S. Steel in theDuquesne Works, and his mother worked as a nurse at the Veterans Hospital.  His paternal grandparents, Irish immigrants, lived in Homestead, where Patrick’s
grandfather worked in the Homestead works.  His maternal grandparents were the proprietors of Shaughnessy’s Funeral Home in Duquesne.  Like most kids from Duquesne, Patrick’s first job was working at Kennywood.

Patrick currently resides in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife, Lauren. Patrick is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 23, the Knights of Equity, Court 9, a charter member of the Brehon Law Society, and is a season ticket holder for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates.