Colette Connor focuses her practice on trial work and complex, high-stakes civil litigation.  She has tried both bench and jury trials, and has litigated in state and federal courts around the country.  Colette has significant experience handling bet-the-company litigation, having defended corporations and law firms in high-dollar cases. 

Colette has represented corporate clients in a number of industries, including financial services and banking, technology, real estate, healthcare, and media.  Colette also has substantial experience defending law firms facing malpractice and securities fraud claims. 

Most recently, Colette served as trial counsel defending against defamation and product disparagement claims seeking a multi-billion dollar damages award, and defending a first-degree murder case.

Colette was selected as a “Rising Star” in the 2014 through 2018 Washington, D.C. editions of Super Lawyers

Colette is from just outside Atlantic City, New Jersey.  She received her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and her JD from Harvard Law School.  Before joining Williams & Connolly, Colette served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour of the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Publications

  • The United States’ Second and Third Periodic Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, 49 HARV. INT’L L. J. 509 (2008)

Representative Experience

  • Representing Fortune 50 company in putative securities fraud class action
  • Represented large hospital operator in antitrust litigation against insurance company
  • Represented television network and individuals in lawsuit alleging product disparagement and libel
  • Represented one of nation’s largest law firms in matters involving claims of alleged securities fraud and malpractice
  • Represented an Am Law 100 firm against legal malpractice claim alleging a missed statute of limitations
  • Represented an Am Law 100 firm against claims arising from representation of failed bank
  • Represented an Am Law 100 firm against legal malpractice claim arising from unsuccessful litigation
  • Represented one of nation’s largest investment banks in contract dispute
  • Represented individual under investigation for criminal tax fraud
  • Represented real estate developer in commercial lease dispute
  • Represented individual facing first-degree murder charges

Education

Recognitions

Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Washington, D.C. by Super Lawyers, 2014-2018

Admissions

Government Service

Law Clerk, Judge Stephanie Seymour, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2008-2009

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