Mr. Connelly has been practicing law for over thirty years. He is a longtime member of the Construction Industry Forum, the Torts and Insurance Practice Section, and the Surety and Fidelity Committee of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Connelly began his practice in 1980 as a U.S. Customs Bond claims attorney for Peerless Insurance Company. In 1982 he joined a general practice in Rye, New York where he became an active litigator in the courts of the New York metropolitan area, representing all participants in the construction industry, from owners and sureties to general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

In 1989 Mr. Connelly became a partner at a 500-lawyer firm in New York City. During his tenure with that firm, Mr. Connelly represented Lloyds of London, Assicurazioni Generali, S.p.A., and other international insurers in matters before the Insurance Departments of New York and Florida. He also expanded his practice as litigation and general counsel for construction contractors, insurance companies, and sureties throughout the United States. Over the course of his career, Mr. Connelly has successfully argued appeals before the United Stated Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the New York State Court of Appeals, and he has authored several articles for legal publications.

In 1998, Mr. Connelly opened an office for the practice of law in White Plains, New York. After 15 years as the Managing Member of a 5-attorney firm, Neil joined Brown, Gruttadaro, Gaujean and Prato, the predecessor to BGKS. He continues to maintain a broad construction and commercial practice, including drafting and negotiating construction contracts, litigating in New York State and Federal courts for contractors, sureties, and commercial entities, and advising clients on issues in the construction industry.

Practice Areas:


  • New York State
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of international Trade


  • American Bar Association
  • Construction Industry Forum
  • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Association
  • Fidelity & Surety Law Committee


  • Juris Doctor, New England School of Law
  • University of Notre Dame