Daniel P. Connors

Daniel P. Connors

Senior Counsel


Practice Areas

Business Law
Government Strategies

Dan Connors is a business lawyer and litigator with over 15 years of experience handling complex, high-stakes matters involving a wide range of legal issues. He will continue his government relations work as head of the newly formed DS Government Strategies, designed to manage threats, create opportunities, and protect clients’ interest in the halls of government. He is a registered lobbyist.

He frequently appears in courts and in administrative forums in RI and MA. Specifically, Dan has served as outside counsel to business organizations in the renewable energy, healthcare, facility service, and hospitality sectors. He also has represented lawyers charged with contempt of court or matters before the disciplinary counsel.

Prior to joining Duffy & Sweeney, Dan most recently spent eight years at a government relations and strategic consulting firm as Managing Director of Policy and Research. Dan is  known for researching and developing public affairs strategy and public policy initiatives that protect clients’ interests and, ultimately, impact their bottom lines.

He previously was the Director of Human Resources for the Town of Cumberland, an experience which helps him counsel clients on employment law issues.

Dan was first elected — at age 20 — to the Rhode Island Senate in 1996 and served until January of 2011. In 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as Senate Majority Leader. He is a visiting lecturer in strategic management at Providence College.

Dan has held roles as chair of the New England Board of Higher Education. chair of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority Board of Directors, a member of the Rhode Island State Investment Commission, and a member of the Rhode Island Refunding Bond Authority.

A life-long resident of Rhode Island, Dan is a graduate of Cumberland High School. He earned his B.A. from Providence College in 1998, and his J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2002.

He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.