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Daniel J. Connelly

Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer



Dan is Vice President of Government Relations for ML Strategies. He has been directing policy in Massachusetts and the New England region for more than a decade. Dan represents trade associations and businesses across industries with interests before the executive, legislative, regulatory and municipal areas of government throughout New England.

Most recently, Dan served as Legislative Counsel in the Boston office of a large, international law firm. He previously served as the chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means, where he was responsible for drafting the state’s multi-billion dollar budget, as well as reviewing all legislation referred to the committee. He has participated in the formulation of several substantial legislative proposals, including the Global Warming Solutions Act, Health Care Reform and the consolidation of Massachusetts’ transportation agencies. Upon returning to the private sector, Dan lobbied on behalf companies and trade associations in the New England region and held the position of executive director of the Product Management Alliance, a national organization of product manufacturers and organizations.


  • Western New England University (JD)
  • Providence College (BA)

Case Studies

Case Study Hero MA Based Fortune 500 Company Mintz Case Study
ML Strategies helped a Massachusetts-based Fortune 500 Company change a decades-old Massachusetts state law that required a majority of a Fortune 500 company’s board of directors to be state residents. The proposed language was adopted by the legislature and became law.


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Economists create graphs, charts and projections on the economy daily, crafting commentary to explain the ebbs and flows of market success and failures based on a variety of factors.  That is no longer the case as the nation battles the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). 
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This week, Governor Charlie Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 19, “Order Regarding the Conduct of Shareholder Meetings by Public Companies.  This Order, which is effective immediately, suspends certain requirements of M.G.L. chapter 156D, section 7.08 that relate to shareholder meetings by remote means.
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Governor Charlie Baker just announced he is extending COVID-19 Order No. 13 that mandates the closure of non-essential businesses.  This order, initially set to expire on April 7th, was extended to Monday, May 4th.  This order will officially take effect tomorrow, April 1st at noon. 
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On Monday, March 23rd, the Baker Administration issued a stay at home advisory, along with an order (COVID-19 Order No. 13) requiring businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their doors starting March 24th at noon until April 7th at noon.  The Administration has issued a list of business and other organizations deemed essential services and workforces that may continue to operate physical workplaces during this two-week order. 
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The Baker Administration, along with prioritizing the needs of medical professionals on the front lines of the fight against the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), have taken significant steps to relieve pressure on small businesses negatively impacted by the virus.
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Massachusetts COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020| Blog

The Baker Administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 public health crisis, expanding almost daily on restrictions for schools, restaurants and several other places of business across the Commonwealth.  As these updates are constantly evolving, this post is meant to provide the most up to date announcements.
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As the nation continues to address the spread of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), several precautionary efforts are being taken to ensure citizens remain safe and reduce the prevalence of transmission to vulnerable individuals across the country. As the Legislature and Executive Branch aggressively focus on COVID-19 related issues, your ML Strategies team will continue to monitor and engage state and local leaders on legislative and regulatory priorities by keeping lines of communication open on a daily basis with legislators and staff.
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With less than a year to go until the end of formal sessions on July 31, 2020, Massachusetts legislators are back in action this month to begin tackling a robust policy agenda. We are poised to see action on both new and pending legislation this fall on a number of priority policy areas.