- AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
- Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial by The Florida Bar
Brian J. Connelly
Brian J. Connelly dedicates his service to obtaining fair and just compensation for clients who have suffered injury through the negligence of others. Born in Vero Beach, he returned to his hometown to practice personal injury and civil trial law in 1995. Mr. Connelly joined Gould Cooksey Fennell in 2000 and focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, medical malpractice, social security disability and insurance litigation. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Civil Trial Law. Mr. Connelly also maintains an “AV” rating, the highest conferred for legal ability and ethics, from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
After attending the College of the Holy Cross and earning his law degree from Stetson University College of Law, Mr. Connelly began his career as a trial lawyer. Recently, Mr. Connelly’s trial advocacy skills resulted in the largest verdict in Indian River County history for a non-surgical automobile accident case. Working as co-counsel with partner David Carter, the two obtained a jury verdict, which ranked among the highest awards in personal injury cases in the history of our community. Florida Lawyer, a magazine covering legal matters throughout the state, profiled the case.
Mr. Connelly values his commitment to the community and is an active volunteer with Youth Guidance and is on the Board of Directors of ARC of Indian River County. He is also co-founder and Chairman of the Board for the Indian River Lacrosse Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and development of lacrosse for the youth of Indian River County. Mr. Connelly previously served on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association, is the past President for the Indian River County Bar Association, and spent three years as the Indian River County Pro Bono Liaison for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit.
Awards and Designations
- Indian River County Bar Association, past President
- The Florida Bar
- Florida Justice Association
- Indian River Lacrosse Association, Chairman of the Board
- The ARC of Indian River County, Board of Directors
- College of Holy Cross (B.A., 1987)
- Stetson University, College of Law (J.D., 1995)
Personal Interest or Leisure Activity