• Civil rights
  • Government liability
  • Administrative law
  • Appeals
  • Employment law
  • Professional liability


  • Temple University, BBA (1993)
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D. (1997)


  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey


  • Mr. Connell has served as a volunteer coach for the YMCA, East Side Little League and the West Chester United Soccer Club.
Matthew J. Connell
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Mr. Connell graduated from the Widener University School of Law in 1997 where he served on the Moot Court Honor Society. Upon graduation from law school Mr. Connell was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County where he served from 1997 until 2000. Mr. Connell represents employers in employment matters including defense of claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Mr. Connell also counsels employers in labor and employment matters and routinely provides training to supervisors and employees on all aspects of discrimination and harassment in the work place. In addition, Mr. Connell represents public and private sector clients in all aspects of liability and has represented numerous clients in the area of municipal liability and defense of civil rights and administrative law matters.

As a founding partner of MacMain, Connell & Leinhauser, during his career Mr. Connell has developed extensive litigation skills defending private and public sector clients, including police and correctional officers, government officials and municipalities having tried several cases to verdict in state and federal courts. He routinely handles all phases of appellate advocacy having extensively briefed and argued cases in the Appellate Courts of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Connell’s practice also includes the representation of clients in various administrative proceedings having successfully defended employment matters in front of the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Connell lectures on discrimination and harassment in the workplace, the impact of medical marijuana in the workplace, civil rights litigation, and legal issues facing correctional officials and codes officials. Mr. Connell has also served on an advisory board for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Labor and Employment Subcommittee on the impact of medical marijuana in the workplace.


Mr. Connell was born and raised as the seventh of eight children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from high school he worked his way through college as a house painter, factory laborer, roofer and salesclerk. Upon admission to Law School, Mr. Connell obtained a prestigious clerkship with Judge Eugene Edw. J. Maier of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas before beginning his career as a prosecutor in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office and then Chester County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Connell then transitioned into private practice and has been representing private and public sector clients since 2000.


  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • PA Chamber of Commerce
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Society of Human Resource Management