Connolly & Connolly
P.O. BOX 332
51 GREEN STREET
NEWBURYPORT, MA 01950
TOLL FREE: (866) 883-0043
PHONE: (978) 961-0047
FAX: (978) 463-8282
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Grace Gonzalez Connolly

Grace Gonzalez Connolly

Partner since 1986
Location:
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Phone:
(978) 961-0047
(866) 883-0043
Fax:
(978) 463-8282
Email:

Mrs. Connolly was born in Santiago, Cuba. She and her husband Jim reside in Newburyport, where they raised their three daughters. She is fluent in Spanish and French. Mrs. Connolly enjoys dance, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, walking and hiking. In 2010, she and her eldest daughter hiked the 800 km. Camino de Santiago from the French town of St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate planning and Elder Law
  • Administration of Estates and Trusts
  • Non-Profit Law and Charitable Planned Giving
  • Succession Planning for Family Businesses
  • General Business Law, Corporations, Limited Liabiity Companies and Partnerships
  • Bank and Commercial Law
  • Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions
  • Civil Litigation and Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1980
  • Massachusetts, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1983

Education

  • Free University of Brussels School of Law, Brussels, Belgium
    • LL.M. magna cum laude - 1982
    • Honors: Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar Brussels, Belgium (1981-1982)
    • Major: International and Comparative Law
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Business Organizations (1980)
    • Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence (1979)
    • Honors: Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City
    • Honors: Certificate in Mexican and International Law (1979)
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1977
    • Major: History

Classes/Seminars

  • Guest Speaker, Money Conference for Women, State Treasurer of Massachusetts and the YWCA
  • WNBP Investment Seminar
  • Business Planning Workshop for Women in Business, Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, YWCA, and U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Estate & Financial Planning Seminar
  • Succession Planning for the Family Business

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence, 1979
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Business Organizations, 1980
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar Brussels, Belgium, 1981 - 1982
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Rotary International District 7780 Outstanding Service Award Group Study Exchange Chair, 2010 - 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Newburyport Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Palm Beach County Florida, Assistant State Attorney, 1980 - 1981
  • Britton, Cohen, Cassel, Kaufman & Schantz, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1983 - 1984

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, Rotary Club of Newburyport, 2007 - 2008
  • Foundation Chair, Rotary Club of Newburyport, 2006 - 2007
  • District 7780 Membership Committee, Rotary Club of Newburyport, 2008 - 2009
  • District 7780 United Nations Coordinator, Rotary Club of Newburyport, 2008 - 2009
  • Chairperson, District 7780 Group Study Exchange Committee, Rotary Club of Newburyport, 2009 - Present
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Newburyport
  • District 7780 Outstanding Service Award as GSE Chair, Rotary Club of Newburyport, 2010 - 2011
  • Trustee, Anna Jaques Hospital, 2009
  • Member, Finance Committee, Anna Jaques Hospital, 2005 - Present
  • Secretary of the Corporation, Anna Jaques Hospital, 1997 - 2005
  • Trustee of the Corporation, Anna Jaques Hospital, 1994 - 2005
  • Former Chairperson, Trustee Education Committee, Anna Jaques Hospital
  • Former Member, Credentials Committee and Audit Committee, Anna Jaques Hospital
  • Founding Member and Former Chairperson of the Foundation, Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation
  • Former Chairperson, Planned Giving Committee, Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation
  • Corporator, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank
  • Former Director, TD BankNorth Massachusetts Advisory Board, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Former Board Member, TD BankNorth Retail/Small Business Subsidiary Board
  • Former Director, First & Ocean National Bank, Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • Former Chairperson, First & Ocean National Bank Trust Committee
  • Founding Member and Former Director, Newburyport Education Foundation, Inc.
  • Former Member, City Ordinance Review Committee
  • Former Alternate Member, Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Former Community Member, Rupert A. Nock Middle School Council
  • Former Member and Chairperson, Immaculate Conception School Advisory Board Business, Civic, Arts & Humanities
  • Director and Vice President, Newburyport City Improvement Society
  • Member, Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Historical Society of Old Newbury
  • Member, Custom House Maritime Museum
  • Former Director and Secretary, Society for the Development of the Arts & Humanities (Firehouse Center for the Arts)

Languages

  • Spanish
  • French

The attorneys at Connolly & Connolly serve the communities of Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Salisbury, Ipswich, Amesbury, Rowley, Georgetown, and Groveland, Massachusetts, and Seabrook, New Hampshire, as well as clients throughout Essex County, Massachusetts. and Rockingham County and Strafford County, New Hampshire (NH).