- The Washington Times - Monday, April 11, 2005

Michael O. Connaughton, a lawyer who spent most of his career practicing in Prince George’s County, died April 9 at his Annapolis home after a long battle with leukemia. He was 62.

A lifelong Marylander, Mr. Connaughton was born in Langley Park. He graduated from High Point High School, where he was an All-Metro quarterback on the football team.

He earned a law degree from the University of Maryland Law School in Baltimore in 1968, after graduating from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Mr. Connaughton began his legal career as a staff lawyer with the federal Department of Agriculture. His specialty was patents and trademarks, and he joked that he was Smokey the Bear’s lawyer.

He later served in the Office of Law for Prince George’s County, rising through the ranks to become deputy county attorney before retiring in 1998.

While there, he supervised the litigation division and gained a reputation as an accomplished trial lawyer, specializing in police misconduct and land-use cases. After retiring, he was counsel for a prominent Annapolis law firm.

His wife, the former Nancy Timms, is a flight attendant for American Airlines. Together, they shared a passion for travel and outdoor activities, including biking and running.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Connaughton is survived by his daughters, Kimberley A. Connaughton, of Oakland, Md., Karen Connaughton, of Santa Fe, N.M., and Kelli Michele Connaughton, of Annapolis; his mother, Dorothy, and a sister, Kay, both of Mississippi; and two grandsons.

The family requests donations be made to the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Chester Building, Suite 314, 8600 LaSalle Road, Baltimore, MD 21286 or to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Development Office, Suite 1100, 401 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231.

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