Matthew P. Connelly

Top rated business litigation attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC
Matthew P. Connelly
Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Construction litigation, Transportation & maritime; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1995

Education: The John Marshall Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023

Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC

333 W Wacker Dr
19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606 Visit website


Matthew P. Connelly is the owner of and principal attorney at the law firm Rock Fusco & Connelly, LLC, located in Chicago, Illinois. As a skilled trial attorney, he handles cases and class actions related to the following matters:

  • Business law
  • Commercial law
  • Construction defect 
  • Transportation liability
  • Professional malpractice
  • Employment law
  • General tort
  • Product liability
  • Internet security law

With 26-plus years of experience under his belt, Mr. Connelly is admitted to practice before several of the U.S. District Courts in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin and Columbia. He is also authorized to appear before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, 2nd and 7th Circuits.

Mr. Connelly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Western Illinois University in 1992. In 1994, he completed his doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Soon after graduation, Mr. Connelly started his firm and represented clients in issues involving mergers and acquisitions, licensing, aviation law, insurance and entertainment law, among others. He is committed to using his experience to help his clients solve issues from simple day-to-day transactions to high-stakes plaintiff and class action lawsuits.

Mr. Connelly holds memberships in the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, The Missouri Bar and the Federal Bar Association – to name a few.

Recognized with multiple honors, Mr. Connelly was included in the list of Law Bulletin Media’s 40 Under Forty in Illinois Attorneys to Watch and selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He is rated “Good” on Avvo and AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, he has co-authored many articles in his area of practice and is earnestly involved in the activities of several community-serving organizations and trusts.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Construction litigation: business, Transportation/maritime, Consumer law, Employment & labor: employer, General litigation

Focus areas

Trade secret, Construction defects, Transportation law, Employment law - employee, Labor law, Litigation

  • 30% Business litigation
  • 20% Construction litigation: business
  • 20% Transportation/maritime
  • 10% Consumer law
  • 10% Employment & labor: employer
  • 10% General litigation

First Admitted: 1995, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Hemophilia Foundation of Illinois
  • Village of Riverside Police Commissioner Trustee
  • Pro-bono legal counsel to Board of Directors
  • Foundation for Children in Need
  • Selected as one of the “40 Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois to Watch.”
  • Selected as “Illinois Super Lawyer,” Chicago Magazine
  • Awarded the AV Rating by members of the Illinois Bar. The AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell identifies a lawyer with preeminent legal ability and is a reflection of their expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. Just 5% of all L
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Defenses to the Legal Malpractice Case (Co-Author), IDC Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 2
  • Co-authored a number of seminar materials and articles on various topics including legal malpractice, sex/race discrimination, insurance coverage for contractors and manufacturers
Educational Background:
  • Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, Bachelor of Science, 1992
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois State Bar, 1995
  • The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals
  • National Association of Independent Insurers
  • Illinois Trucking Association
  • Illinois Road Transportation Builders Association Sustainability Council
  • Illinois Restaurant Association
  • Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • Fox Valley General Contractors Association
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Federal Bar Association – Member
  • Missouri Bar Association – Member
  • Chicago Bar Association – Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association Privacy & Information Security Law Section Council
  • Illinois State Bar Association – Member
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Indiana State Bar
  • Missouri State Bar

Office location for Matthew P. Connelly

333 W Wacker Dr
19th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 312-494-1000


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023

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