Paul Connell was appointed Deputy Attorney General in December 2016 by Attorney General Brad Schimel. Connell was previously Senior Counsel for Attorney General Schimel, a position to which he was appointed in fall 2014. Prior to his time at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Connell spent 12 years with the United States Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin. In that capacity, Connell has tried cases ranging from bank fraud and money laundering to drug trafficking, with two of those cases being named as the Prosecution of the Year by the Wisconsin Narcotics Officers Association. Connell’s cases also include the federal prosecution of James Perry, known as the “mall rapist,” who is currently serving 180 years in federal prison for his role in the sexual exploitation of two girls from Stoughton and the prosecution of prominent Madison businessman Christian Peterson who was sentenced to prison following his conviction for bank fraud against several banks in Dane and Jefferson Counties. Connell also has successfully argued more than 20 cases on appeal before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. As a federal prosecutor, Connell also has served as a Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property coordinator.
Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Connell was an associate with the international law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, based in Washington, D.C., where, among other things, he led internal investigations of Fortune 500 companies, investment banks and broker-dealers.
Connell is a 1998 graduate of Marquette University Law School, magna cum laude, where he served as a Member and Editor of the Law Review. Following law school, Connell served as law clerk for Chief United States District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller in the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1998-2000. Connell received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1994.