Brian Connolly’s practice focuses on the regulatory aspects of the real estate development process, and includes the representation of both public- and private-sector clients in matters relating to land use, zoning, planning, and development entitlements. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Connolly was an urban planner in the planning department of a highly-populated suburban county in New York State. He reviewed numerous large-scale development proposals for consistency with municipal codes and countywide planning policies and managed the county’s economic and population research functions. He has also worked in planning capacities at the federal and municipal government levels. Mr. Connolly is the co-author of two books: Group Homes: Strategies for Effective and Defensible Planning and Regulation (ABA Publishing 2014); and The Michigan Sign Guidebook: The Local Planning and Regulation of Signs (Scenic Michigan 2011). Mr. Connolly is a regular speaker at conferences on these topics, including at national and state conferences of the American Planning Association, American Bar Association, and Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute.