William B. Connolly

William B. Connolly

Managing Partner
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
281-506-0086
866-409-3095 (Toll Free)
Fax:
713-520-6644
Email:

William B. (Bill) Connolly received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree in 1974 from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. He received his law degree (J.D.) in 1979 from South Texas College of Law where he was Assistant Editor of the Law review and a member of the Order of the Lytae.

In 1983, he started his own litigation and civil appellate law practice under the name of William B. Connolly & Associates where he maintained a significant concentration in the areas of Family, Juvenile and Civil Appellate. On July 1, 2008, he established a partnership with a long-time associate, William Leslie Shireman, changing the firm name to Connolly & Shireman, L.L.P. Mr. Connolly's litigation and appellate experience have included matters of all sizes and complexities relative to property, conservatorship, termination of parental rights and related family law issues. Mr. Connolly is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Family Law and Juvenile Law. He is the only attorney in Harris County, Texas and one of two attorneys in the State of Texas who is Board Certified in all of the Family Code areas of specialization by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has extensive experience in handling difficult family issues such as substance abuse addictions, mental health issues, domestic violence, child abuse, child neglect and juvenile delinquency. Although comfortable in the litigation arena, Mr. Connolly also knows that the emotional and psychological cost on the families is frequently too high in family law cases. Accordingly, several years ago his practice was expanded to include mediation and alternative dispute resolution services, such as collaborative family law.

Since 1979, Mr. Connolly has been active in the Bar Associations and has authored many articles and presented lectures and workshops on a variety of legal and community related issues. He is active politically and has been involved in several community organizations, including prior service with the Mental Health Association of Houston and on the Advisory Boards of Child Advocates, Inc. and The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Houston.

Mr. Connolly is an ordained elder at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas and has served as an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law and an instructor at the C.G. Jung Center on family and relationship issues.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Civil Appellate Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Juvenile Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Legal and Professional Writings, Speeches and CLE Presentations

  • "La Vida Loca ("The Crazy Life"): Practice Strategies for DFPS Litigation" - 39th Annual Family Law Conference (August 7, 2013)
  • "La Vida Loca ("The Crazy Life"): Practice Strategies for DFPS Litigation" - Dallas Bar Association Child Welfare Conference (November 7, 2013)
  • "La Vida Loca ("The Crazy Life"): Practice Strategies for DFPS Litigation" - 4th Annual Adjusting the Bar Conference (April 12, 2014)
  • Standards for Risk Assessment, Termination and Reunification Decisions and Internal Appeals in Region Six (6) DFPS Cases - The 4th Annual Juvenile Law Conference (September 20-21, 2013)
  • "Defending a DFPS Case 262 Hearing: Ethical Considerations & Effective Assistance of Counsel" - 2nd Annual Adjusting the Bar Conference (April 14, 2012)
  • "Anatomy of a 262 Hearing" 3rd Annual Adjusting the Bar Conference (April 20, 2013)
  • "Defending a DFPS Case 262 Hearing"- 4th Annual Adjusting the Bar Conference (April 12, 2014)
  • "Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse: Creative Solutions"-Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Chapter Domestic Violence Mediation - Advanced Skills Training (May 25, 2012)
  • "Ethics: Substance over Form; New Legal and Ethical Duties of Ad Litems" - 25th Annual Juvenile Law Conference, February 28, 2012
  • "Case Law Update" - Second Annual Juvenile Law Conference (September 17, 2011)
  • "Anatomy of a 262 Hearing" - 24•h Annual Juvenile Law Conference (February 22, 2011)
  • "Case Law Update" - Juvenile Law Conference (September 25, 2010)
  • Defending a DFPS Case (Parents) - (Pre-Trial) - The Definitive Ad Litem Seminar (May 14, 2010)
  • Creative Solutions in Substance Abuse Cases - University of Texas Parent-Child Relationships Conference (January 29, 2010)
  • "Abuse, Addiction and the Legal System" - 23'd Annual Juvenile Law Conference (February 18, 2010)
  • "Interesting Cases"- 23rd Annual Juvenile Law Conference (February 18, 2010)
  • "Interesting Developments in Family and Juvenile Law" - Houston Bar Association (November 17, 2009)
  • "Trends in DFPS Termination Cases (A Call for Reform)" - The Children at Risk Child Conference, South Texas College of Law - May 2, 2008
  • "Trends in DFPS Termination Cases (A Call for Reform)" -21" Annual Juvenile Law Conference (February 19, 2008)
  • "On the one hand ...Confidentiality, Medical and Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Cases- 20" Annual Juvenile Law Conference (February 23, 2007)
  • "On the other hand....Confidentiality, Medical and Mental Health Issues in DFPS Cases -20'' Annual Juvenile Law Conference (February 23, 2007)
  • "Handling Drug and Alcohol Issues in a Family Law Case" -2007 Family Law Conference (February 9, 2007)
  • "Without a Trace: Confidentiality, Privilege and the Legal Process" - The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse - Houston (January 19, 2007)
  • "Mixed Metaphors: Hidden Meanings and New Ideas for a Changing World" -2006 Parenting Plan Conference - Dallas, Texas (October 13, 2006) and Houston, Texas (November 3, 2006)
  • "Same Difference" -Determinate Sentencing - Nuts and Bolts of Juvenile Law Seminar - Austin, Texas (August 4, 2006)
  • "Trouble in Mind: Representation of Juveniles with Mental Illness and Mental Retardation" - Nuts and Bolts of Juvenile Law Seminar - Austin (August 3, 2006)
  • "Trouble in Mind: Representation of Juveniles with Mental Illness and Mental Retardation" - Galveston County Juvenile Justice Center - (October 26, 2006)
  • "No Reversible Error-Preserving Error and Perfecting Appeals In DFPS Termination and Conservatorship Cases" - Galveston County Bar Association (June 23, 2006)
  • The Politics of Privilege: Boundary Concerns Beyond Immigration - The Council on Alcohol and Drugs - Houston (April 2006)
  • Overcoming the Blame Game - Ethical issues, Parenting Plans and Parenting Coordinators- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Texas Chapter-State Conference (October 1, 2005)
  • 2005 Legislative Update - SAPCR Legislation Affecting Juvenile Practice - Houston Bar Association - Juvenile Law Section Meeting - Houston (September 16, 2005)
  • "Same Difference" - Determinate Sentencing - Nuts and Bolts of Juvenile Law - Austin, Texas (August 2005)
  • "Life in the Crossroads: Client Confidentiality, Protected Health Information and, Best Interest" - Texas Chapter, Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (November 2004)
  • "See no Hear No and Speak No: Mental Health Professionals and the Changing Evidence Rules (Best Interest Protected Health Information and HIPAA)" - The Council on Alcohol and Drugs - Houston. (April 2004)
  • Moderator - Annual Juvenile Law Conference State Bar of Texas (February 2004)
  • Ethical Considerations in Juvenile Practice, Annual Juvenile Law Conference State Bar of Texas (February 2004)
  • Mental Health Professionals and the Changing Evidence Rules: Best Interest, Protected Health Information and HIPAA Houston Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting (June 4, 2003)
  • "Juvenile Appeals"- Montgomery County Bar Association, The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center (April 25, 2003)
  • "A Chessboard of Pawns: Protected Health Information and the Desire for Information in Family Law Litigation" - Clinical and Psych. Staff Training for Harris County Children's Assessment Center (April 23, 2003)
  • "Can You See Me Now: The New HIPPA Privacy Regulations" - Council on Alcohol and Drug - Houston. (January 17, 2003)
  • "Over the Rainbow: Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice" - Association of Addiction Professionals, Houston (July 12, 2002)
  • "Concurrent Criminal and Family Court Proceedings §161.2011 Texas Family Code" - Continuing Legal Education (June 18, 2002)
  • "Juvenile Appeals: Beyond the Basics- IS" Annual Juvenile Law Conference, State Bar of Texas (February, 2002)
  • "Therapeutic Crossfire: Mental Health Professionals as Witnesses in Court Proceedings" - Houston Association of Licensed Professional Counselors Houston (November 10, 2001)
  • "Navigating The Bermuda Triangle: Expert Testimony, Client Confidentiality And Best Interests of the Child" - Texas Juvenile Law (August 21, 2001)
  • "Into the Breach: When Confidentiality Gives Way to Full Disclosure" - University of Houston, Graduate School of Social Work. (June 27, 2001)
  • "The X-Files: Prepared and Intelligent Surrender to the Uncertainties of Litigation" - Council on Alcohol and Drug - Houston. (April 20, 2001)
  • "A Leap of Faith: Addiction Professionals, Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals as Witnesses" - Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. (January 13, 2001)
  • "Qualification of Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals as Witnesses" - Texas Juvenile Law. (August 30, 2000)
  • "Reality .Com: Those Lawyers Are Dissing Me!! Software for the Professional as a Witness" - Houston Council on Alcohol and Drug. (April 14, 2000)
  • "Handkerchiefs to Tapestries: A Practical Guide for Troubled Families: - Lift Off For Better Health. (July 25, 1998)
  • "The Role of the Attorney Ad Litem in Family Court" - Child Advocates Guardian Ad Litern Volunteer Training. (July 4, 1998)
  • "When Worlds Collide: Ethos and the Conflict of Ends and Means" - Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. (June 20, 1998)
  • "Ethical Considerations and Practical Options Relative to Substance Abuse Issues in Family Litigation" - Ad Litem Training. (October 14, 1997; January 20, 1998)
  • "TDPRS Practice After Legislative Reform" - Houston Bar Association Juvenile Law Section (November 18, 1997)
  • "Candide vs. Oz: Ethical Dilemmas in the Treatment of Clients with Sexual Abuse Issues" - Spectrum 1997. (November 16, 1997)
  • "Realigning the New World Order: Confidentiality of Children's Records - Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Law Enforcement" - MEDS. (November 14, 1997)
  • "Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Family Cases - Harris County Victims Assistance Center - Ad Litem Training. (June 14, 1997)
  • "Safe Harbors (Revisited) Substance Abuse Counselors in Litigation - Council on Alcohol and Drug - Houston. (May 10, 1997)
  • "Appellate Practice from the Juvenile Courts" - Civil - Houston Bar Association Juvenile Law Section, 3l 3th District Court. (April 18, 1997)
  • "Safe Harbors - Avoiding the Ethical Mines that Lurk in the Waters of Litigation" - Council on Alcohol and Drug - Houston. (August 9, 1996)
  • "Criminal Evidence and Criminal Procedure Under the New Juvenile Justice Code". (March 8, 1996)
  • "Effective Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses". (October 27, 1995)
  • "Balancing the Shield and Sword: Confidentiality of Children's Records - Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Law Enforcement”, MEDS. (October 19, 1995)
  • "The Distance of lntimacy: Legal Issues in Substance Abuse Treatment of lncest and Sexual Abuse Survivors", Spectrum 1995. (October 29, 1995)
  • "Scorched Earth" - Revisited: Treatment Ethics and Legal Issues in a Reactionary Era, Spectrum 1995. (October 29, 1995)
  • "The New Juvenile Code and Its Impact". (April 19, 1995 and October 28, 1995)
  • "Appellate Practice in Juvenile Cases". (October 14, 1995)
  • "Pre-Court Preparation and Trial (Motion) Strategies in Cases Involving Alcohol and Drug Addiction". (July 21, 1995)
  • Monthly Interesting Case, Legislative and Procedural Updates, Juvenile Law Section. (February, 1992- May, 1995; May, 1996 - 2010)
  • "Statutory and Ethical Boundaries for Counselors," Spectrum 1994, Regional Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Studies. (October 9, 1994)
  • "Evaporating Boundaries, Scorched Earth - Revisited, Ethics and Privilege in Recovery", Spectrum 1994, Regional Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Studies. (October 7, 1994)
  • "Substance Abuse In Family Cases" 308th District Court. (September 9, 1994)
  • "Dancing On a Tightrope" (Legal Issues for the Mental Health Community) - Houston Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. (May 6, 1994)
  • "Significant Cases and Trends in Juvenile Law", Juvenile Law Ad Litem Certification Course. (January, 1994)
  • Instructor: Legal Awareness workshops - Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
  • "Litigating in the Light" ©1993 - Spectrum 1993, Regional Institute on Alcohol and Drug Studies. (October 10, 993)
  • "Litigating in the Light" ©1993 Harris County Domestic Relations Office and Domestic Violence Division, Harris County, District Attorney's Office
  • "Evaporating Boundaries! Ethics and Privilege in Recovery" - Spectrum 1993, Regional Institute on Alcohol and Drug Studies. (October 9, 1993)
  • "Betwixt and Between - Exploring the Boundaries of Therapeutic Privilege", TAADAC, Houston and The Advisor, TAADAC (TEXAS). (July and August, 1993)
  • Moderator - Education Workshop, Juvenile Law Section H.B.A., "What's Wrong with this Picture, Children and the Law". (April 2, 1993)
  • "Significant Cases in Juvenile Practice" - Ad Litem Training Seminar. (January 29, 1993)
  • "Out of Sight, Out of _" - CLE on Wheels. (May, 1992)
  • "Alcohol and Drug Abuse: The Hidden Agenda". (March 26, 1992)
  • "Out of Sight! Out of ! Informed Stipulations Require Knowledge of Texas Youth Commission Classification and Length of Stay Regulations, Vol.6” No. l, State Bar Section Report Juvenile Law. (March 1992)
  • "A Delinquency Sting: Juvenile Modification Proceedings at Odds with Due Process," Vol. 5, No. 4, State Bar Section Report, Juvenile Law. (December 1991)
  • "Drug Abuse in the Workplace - A Legal Perspective" - Presented at Sharpstown General Hospital. (January 23, 1987)
  • "Confusion, Choice and Change In Addictive Relationships" -Presented at Spectrum 1985; Regional Institute on Alcohol and Drug Studies­ May 22, 1985
  • "2005 Legislative Update SAPCR Legislation Affecting Juvenile Practice", Houston Bar Association (September 16, 2005)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Board Certified - Family Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified - Juvenile Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • State Bar of Texas, Juvenile Law Council (2004-2010)
  • Chair - State Bar of Texas, Juvenile Law Section (2009)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) - (Board of Directors - Texas - 2004 - 2005)
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (TAFLS)
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists - (Board of Directors 2007)
  • AV Rated - Martindale-Hubbell
  • Adjunct Professor of Law - South Texas College of Law - 1998-2001
  • Mediator, Civil Trial, Family, Appellate and Other Civil Disputes
  • Collaborative Family Law Institute (2003 - Present)
  • H.B.A. Juvenile Law Section - Featured CLE Speaker - 1991-present
  • Continuing Legal Education Speaker/Author - 1981-Present
  • H.B.A. Juvenile Law Section - (1993-1997) (Chair 1995-1996)
  • Federal Bar - Southern/Northern District, 5th Circuit
  • State Bar of Texas Sections: Family; Juvenile and Appellate
  • Faculty - C.G. Jung Center - Family and Relationship Issues (2001)
  • Texas Commission on Children and Youth - Juvenile Justice Advisory Group - 1994
  • Permanent Commission on Children, Family Youth - Texas Supreme Court (Collaborative Counsel)
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Houston Bar Association (Sections: Juvenile, Family, Collaborative, and Appellate)
  • Member, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Who's Who in American Law Schools 1979
  • American Jurisprudence Award 1979
  • Order of the Lytae 1979
  • Law Journal - South Texas College of Law
  • Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity (Board 1978-1979)