Personal Photo

Dennis J. Connolly


Current Position

Alston & Bird LLP
1201 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309-3424

Tel: 404-881-7269
Fax: 404-253-8554

Class: XVI (2005)Circuit: Eleventh


University of Michigan, B.A. (1982)
University of South Carolina, J.D., cum laude (1986)

Professional Career

Partner (1994-); Associate (1986-93), Alston & Bird LLP


Atlanta Bar Association: Bankruptcy Section (1987-); Chair (2004-05)
Advisory Board of ABI/Emory University School of Law Bankruptcy Litigation Skills Program (now Tulane University), Board Member/Instructor (2001-05)
Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, Director (2006-); President-elect (2012-13)
American Bankruptcy Institute (1996-)
State Bar of Georgia (1986-)
State Bar of New York (2005-)


"The Contractual Right of Triangular Setoff in Bankruptcy Proceedings: Issues and Alternatives," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2013 Ed. Co-author
"Current Issues With Respect to Safe Harbors for Swaps and Repo Agreements," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2012 ed. Co-author
"Current Issues Relating to the Use of Structured Dismissal in Bankruptcy Cases," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2011 Ed. Co-author
"Sea Launch-A Unique Business And a Unique Reorganization," The Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. 28, No. 5 Feb 2011 Author
"Twombley/Iqbal Pleading Requirements in Preference and Fraudulent-Transfer Cases," ABI Journal Jul/Aug 2010 Author
"The Intersection of FIRREA and Bankruptcy Law," Pratt's Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Vol. 6, No. 5 Jul/Aug 2010 Co-author
"Recent Developments With Respect to the 'Safe Harbors' for Swaps and REPO Agreements," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law Feb 2010 Co-author
"Current Approaches to Substantive Consolidation: Owens Corning Revisited," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law Feb 2009 Co-author
"Section 363 Revisited: The Limitations on 'Free and Clear' Sales," Norton Bankruptcy Law Advisor, Issue No. 11 Nov 2008 Co-author
"X Marks The Spot: Contractual Interpretation of Indenture Provisions," Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 17, No. 6 2008 Co-author
"Privileges Under Pressure: How Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Proceedings Can Jeopardize Priviliges Against Disclosure," Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2007 ed. Co-author
"Current Issues Involving the Application of Exculpation and the Business Judgment Rule to Creditors' Suits Against Directors of Insolvent Corporations," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2006 ed. Co-author
"Current Issues in Auction Sales," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2005 ed. Author
"Delaware Case Protects Directors," The National Law Journal 2005 Co-author
"High Court Cram-Down Decision Will Have Big Impact," The National Law Journal 2004 Author
"Pitfalls for the Locked-Up," The Legal Times 2003 Author
"The Impact of Bankruptcy on the Exercise of Corporate Governance Rights," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2003 ed. Co-author
"The Use of the Section 1145 Exemption to Reorganize or Acquire a Chapter 11 Debtor," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2002 ed. Co-author
"Current Approaches to Substantive Consolidation" Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2019 ed. Co-author
"Provess Issues Involved in the Interrelation Between Bankruptcy Examiner Investigations and Governmental Investigations" Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2017 ed. Co-author
"The Issue is Moot, Or is it? Rethinking the Application of Equitable Mootness to Bankruptcy Appeals" Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2016 ed. Co-author
"Arriving at Arkison and Wellness: Making Sense of the Procedural Quagmire after the Supreme Court's Rulings on Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction and Authority" Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2015 ed. Co-author
"Wellness: Is Consent the Cure?" ABI Journal, Vol. 34, No. 8 August 2015 Co-author
"Plan Drafting Issues in Connection with Post-Confirmation Litigation of Claims by Estate Fiduciaries" Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 2014 ed. Co-author
Best Practices Report on Electronic Discovery (ES) Issues in Bankruptcy Cases The Business Lawyer, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, Volume 67, Issue 4 August 2013 Co-author


Chambers & Partners USA, Leading Insolvency Practitioner (2003--19)
Best Lawyer in Atlanta, Bankruptcy & Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency & Reorganization Law (2014)
Listed as a Georgia "SuperLawyer" in Atlanta Magazine, (2004-19)
Listed as a "Member of Georgia's Legal Elite," by Georgia Trend Magazine, (2006-19)
Listed as a Leading Insolvency Practitioner in 2006-2019 Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers,
Listed in Who's Who Legal: USA, (2019)
Listed in the Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy in Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, (2005-20)
Best Lawyers in America, Named Lawyer of the Year in Litigation-Bankruptcy (Atlanta) for 2018 and in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Atlanta) for 2014 and 2020
Listed as a "Top 100 Lawyer" in Atlanta Magazine, (2013-2017)