At the center of every personal injury matter
is a person who matters to us.

James W. Dolan

Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 265-3100
Dispute Resolution

James W. Dolan is a graduate of Boston University, Boston College and Boston College High School.   He has been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1965.

A District Court Judge for over 26 years, Attorney Dolan spent 20 years at the Dorchester District Court, where he served as First Justice. He later served as Acting First Justice of Lynn, West Roxbury and New Bedford District Courts.

Attorney Dolan also served as Regional Administrative Judge for the Greater Boston Region.   In 1999, his colleagues and the Massachusetts Judges Conference honored him with the award of District Court Judge of the Year. Attorney Dolan received the Boston Bar Foundation Public Service Award in 1991 for his work in the Dorchester District Court.

Attorney Dolan has been a lecturer and panelist for the Judicial Institute, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and chaired the Massachusetts Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolutions Committee.

Attorney Dolan concentrates his practice in the area of dispute resolution.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1965


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, MA
  • Boston College, Boston, MA

Published Works

  • A Declaration of Independence: Reaffirming the Autonomy of The Third Branch, Pioneer Institute, March, 2002


  • Lecturer & Panelist, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Lecturer & Panelist, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Lecturer & Panelist, Education Inc, Judicial Institute

Honors and Awards

  • District Court Judge of the Year, Massachusetts Judges Conference, 1999
  • Public Service Award, Boston Bar Foundation, 1991
  • Regional Administrative Judge, Greater Boston Region

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Board of Trustees
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolutions Committee, Chair
  • Massachusetts Judges Conference

Past Employment Positions

  • Dorchester District Court, First Justice
  • Lynn, West Roxbury and New Bedford District Courts, First Justice
  • Massachusetts Trial Court, District Court Judge, 1974 - 2001
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Legislative Counsel, 1972 - 1974
  • Boston Legal Assistance Project, Staff Attorney, 1965 - 1972

Dolan Connly, P.C. is a proud supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, MA, My Brother’s Keeper in Easton, MA and the Appalachia Service Project.

Dolan Connly, P.C. represents individuals and corporate clients throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This includes Greater Boston, and the cities of Dorchester, Quincy, South Boston and surrounding suburban areas. We also represent individuals in the South Shore with an office in Pembroke. The firm has represented clients in the courts of Suffolk County, Plymouth County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County and the remaining counties throughout Massachusetts.

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