Brian Patrick Connors was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and attended Pine Meadow Elementary School, Helen Caro Elementary School and Jim C. Bailey Middle School. While attending Bailey Middle School, Brian found his first passion football. Brian continued pursuing his passion, as well as exploring the variety of technical fields at West Florida High School in Pensacola, Florida. Brian excelled on and off the football field – lettering his sophomore, junior, and senior years and eventually graduating with a 4.68 GPA – enough to earn him a final class rank of 3rd in a class of over 250 students. Following graduation, Brian moved to Gainesville, Florida to attended The University of Florida. During Brian’s senior year at the University of Florida, after much research and deliberation, Brian decided to pursue a career as an attorney.
Brian began matriculating at the Florida State College of Law in the fall of 2011. Brian excelled academically in the variety of courses while at FSU, where he eventually graduated in the top 10% of his class. However, one course was more impactful than any other – the Criminal Practice Clinic taught by Professor Krieger, which prepared students for the actual practice of law as opposed to the heavy amounts of theory.
Following the Criminal Practice Clinic, Brian was a Certified Legal Intern (CLI) at the Gadsden County Public Defender’s Office. Though still enrolled in school, Brian worked full-time and handled all aspects of criminal cases, including trial work. This externship allowed Brian to gain invaluable litigation and trial experience before earning his J.D. or taking the Florida Bar.