Paul R.J. Connolly


Paul Connolly represents small and medium-sized enterprises in business matters. Paul has successfully litigated many cases over his 25 years as a trial lawyer in state and federal courts. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on business disputes, insurance coverage, bond claims, investments, loan work-outs, agribusiness issues, and real estate claims.

Paul provides strategic advice and experienced counsel to business owners in a variety of corporate matters involving:

  • Corporate Formation
  • Employment
  • Trade Secrets
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Inter-Owner Disputes
  • Sales
  • Foreclosures
  • Bankruptcy Claims

In addition running a successful law practice, Paul is an active member of the Salem community, coaching youth basketball and soccer, and serving on numerous local nonprofit boards and organizations, including YMCA, Willamette Heritage Center, Marion County Historical Society, and the Salem Catholic Schools Foundation. Paul also co-founded and served on the board of Blanchet Catholic School, a Salem-area college preparatory high school.

In his free time, Paul enjoys sports, gardening, hiking, exploring the back-road towns and wineries of Oregon, as well as spending time with his spouse, three adult daughters, and a small colony of Jack Russell Terriers and Siamese cats.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1974
  • A.B., Assumption College (MA), 1967


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • Oregon State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar (Inactive)
  • Virginia State Bar (Inactive)


  • 2004 Candidate for Oregon Attorney General
  • President, Willamette Heritage Center
  • President, Marion County Historical Society
  • Board Member, Marion County Society Foundation
  • Board Member, YMCA for Marion and Polk County Foundation
  • Board Member, Salem Catholic Schools Foundation
  • Board Member, Salem Family YMCA
  • Past Board Member, Blanchet Catholic Schools


Paul proudly served as an intelligence officer in the United States Army from 1969-1972.