Claire M. Connolly is an associate attorney at Lane & Lane, LLC, focusing primarily in the areas of personal injury, medical and professional negligence, and sexual abuse. Prior to joining the Lane & Lane team in June of 2021, Claire practiced at another Chicago-based plaintiff’s personal injury firm where she first chaired over 20 jury trials to verdict.
By practicing with empathy and compassion, Claire has helped countless clients through the difficulties that follow a loss. She is passionate about advocating for her clients to ensure they receive the justice and compensation they deserve.
Claire grew up in a family dedicated to the practice of law and knew from a young age she would carry on the tradition. Her law practice has been heavily influenced by the early understanding that an attorney protects a client from being taken advantage of after a serious event.
Claire completed her undergraduate studies at Northern Illinois University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Individual Development and a minor in Art Studies. During her undergraduate studies, Claire focused on family social services to further her passion of advocacy.
Claire earned her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. While working on her J.D., Claire participated in a Judicial Externship program with The Honorable Henry R. Simmons in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. During her time as a judicial extern, Claire observed multiple personal injury and medical negligence jury trials, solidifying her desire to be a litigator.
She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Woman’s Bar Association of Illinois. Claire is also admitted to the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois and its Trial Bar Division.
When she is not practicing law, Claire enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Jay, and their “pandemic puppy”, practicing yoga and visiting the many museums and art galleries available in Chicago.