James Conroy is a highly respected litigator and problem solver known for bringing practical, effective solutions to employment litigation and counseling, resolving complex business disputes, and navigating internal and institutional investigations.
A co-founder of Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar, Jim has argued countless cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts. He also represents individuals and businesses before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, as well as in arbitrations and mediations. He is a trusted counselor regarding legal issues and disputes that can arise in the employer-employee relationship, and has investigated and litigated the full range of allegations of workplace wrongdoing.
Jim is respected as an effective litigation strategist with full command of the facts, the applicable laws and regulations, and the business objectives of his clients. Whether he is pursuing remedies in court or achieving prompt, cost-effective resolutions through negotiation, Jim has a reputation for working collaboratively and efficiently with all parties to a dispute while fiercely advocating on his client’s behalf.
Before joining the bar, Jim worked on House and Senate staffs in Washington, D.C. as a press secretary, speech writer and chief of staff. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center and holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Suffolk University Law School in Boston. A former Naval Reservist, Jim is a champion for pro bono and volunteer service. He currently serves on the Town of Hingham's Community Preservation Committee and its Historical Commission.
Jim has been honored for many consecutive years as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer and has authored articles published in the Massachusetts Law Review and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. He is an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and an award winning author of two widely acclaimed books chronicling the Lincoln presidency: Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 (a finalist for the annual Lincoln Prize for the best book of the year on Lincoln or the Civil War), and Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime, which won the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute's annual book award.