Fighting For Families
by Amy Sharp
Margaret McCullough Connolly, Sugar Land Attorney and Counselor at Law
Kentucky attorney—turned mom—turned fitness instructor— turned Texas lawyer Margie Connolly is your attorney for all of your family law and estate planning needs.
Margie’s career path began with a Criminal Justice degree from Xavier University and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. “I was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1986 and started practicing,” says Margie. “I clerked for both a county and federal judge, and I also worked for the Kentucky Attorney General on criminal appeals. After the birth of my second child, I went into private practice…focusing on family law and estate planning. When my third child was born, we moved to Houston with my husband’s job. At that time I retired from law to focus on my family…or at least I thought I retired at the time!”
Always a fitness enthusiast, Margie became a full-time mom and a part-time fitness instructor. But when you’re good at what you do…things come your way. “My work in fitness led to a full-time position at the Fort Bend Family YMCA where I was the Program Director of Wellness. I love fitness, and in addition to the YMCA, I’ve held various fitness instructor positions in our community.”
Her children grown, in 2009 Margie transitioned back to law. “I became a paralegal for Fort Bend Lawyers Care—the nonprofit corporation providing low-income Fort Bend County residents with equal access to justice through volunteer lawyers. This was a lifechanging moment. It’s a great organization with a great cause, and it’s helped shape my career. I passed the Texas Bar in 2013 on the first try, and opened my private family law and estate planning practice.”
“Family law is an emotional situation. I’m divorced myself, and I understand that when a family is falling apart, you want as smooth a transition as possible for everyone involved. I’m here to help with all aspects of divorce and custody, and preparing for death…including wills and trusts.”
Private practice in full swing, Margie has stayed involved in this community. Today she serves as Secretary on the Fort Bend Lawyers Care Board of Directors and is co-chairing their upcoming Justice For All Luncheon. “It’s a great opportunity to acknowledge our volunteer lawyers and everyone that dedicates time and resources to our cause.” You’ll also find her giving her time to the Sugar Land Rotary Club, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, and Child Advocates of Fort Bend. And Margie remains a fitness enthusiast! She’s a 2011 Texas Ironman and can be seen teaching yoga and indoor cycling in the Sugar Land area.