Partner Patrick Connell is one of 28 participants who have been selected to join the 2020 class of Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA).
The participants are enrolled in a five-month leadership program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to help them promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the region.
“I am honored to be included as a member of the 2020 Leadership Class,” said Patrick Connell. “The structure of LSEGA presents a unique and valuable opportunity to expand our knowledge of complex regional issues while growing our network to address those issues and enrich our professional and personal lives.”
Program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Screven counties in Southeast Georgia. The class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn about the impact of local issues such as healthcare, education, economic development, and transportation.
Leadership Southeast Georgia is run by a volunteer board of professionals from throughout the region and two dedicated contractors for facilitation. It is funded by alumni and corporate sponsorships. Since 2000, the program has graduated 16 classes representing over 300 graduates from throughout the region.
About Patrick Connell:
Patrick Connell has successfully litigated a wide range of cases involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, products liability and premises liability. He has significant experience handling trucking and automobile accidents, fire investigations, and natural gas claims.
Land use planning and zoning law is another area of focus for Mr. Connell. He assists clients with government permitting issues at the state, local and municipal levels. Mr. Connell’s practical knowledge of land use law began with his study of landscape architecture at the University of Georgia and his work as a city planner for Athens-Clarke County prior to entering law school.
Mr. Connell has significant experience representing clients in the tourism and hospitality industry and serves as General Counsel for the Tourism Leadership Council, the leading trade organization for the tourism industry in the Savannah area.
He is an active supporter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, having served as Co-chair of the Leadership Committee for Savannah LLS’s Man and Woman of the Year campaigns for 2015 and 2016. He began supporting LLS in 2014 when he was nominated and competed as a candidate for Man of the Year. From 2013 to 2018, Savannah’s annual Man and Woman of the Year campaigns have raised approximately $3 million to fund blood cancer research and patient assistance programs.
Mr. Connell is admitted in Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Georgia. He was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2012 to 2017, and was a member of Leadership Savannah, Class of 2013-2014.