Jeffrey Connelly

Cofer & Connelly
1002 West Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 200-3801

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I grew up in a small town in rural northwest Georgia the son and grandson of practicing lawyers. Countless debates and spirited conversations took place at our family dinner table and while I may not have appreciated it when I was young, seeing first-hand how my family used the law to help community members in their time of need shaped who I am today. "As a third-generation trial lawyer, I bring diverse experiences and a unique perspective to complex legal issues. " I begin each case with amicable diplomacy and I understand that the litmus test of a great lawyer is their courtroom ability – no settlement, dismissal, or successful case resolution is possible unless the other side knows you are prepared to take a case to trial, and win it. With this understanding in mind, I have successfully tried cases to a jury in multiple states and helped individuals get justice.

I earned my B.A. in Philosophy from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 2008 and my J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law in 2012, and I am licensed to practice law in Texas and Georgia. Upon graduating from law school, my goal was to get as much jury trial experience as quickly as possible. I began my legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Atlanta, where I was a member of the Complex Trial Division. There I gained substantial courtroom experience prosecuting hundreds of serious violent felony cases. In 2015, I transitioned to private practice and joined a prominent Atlanta firm representing plaintiffs in civil actions and focused more on civil litigation. After my wife, Angelica, and I had our second daughter, the pull to Angelica’s native Austin to be closer to family was strong. In the fall of 2017, I became a member of the Texas State Bar and accepted a position with a well-established Austin law firm.

Not long after moving to Austin, I met Rick Cofer and we co-counseled on many cases. We would often discuss our notions of the ideal law practice. "We wanted to create a modern law practice – a firm that was tech-forward, client-focused, and built on the premise that results come from thorough preparation and courtroom experience." In the spring of 2020, we turned those discussions into reality and co-founded Cofer & Connelly, PLLC. At Cofer & Connelly, I lead our civil litigation practice with a focus on Family Law and Personal Injury cases.