Christopher F. Droney brings to the firm his extensive knowledge and experience as a litigator and judge to assist clients in multiple areas of law.
Judge Droney rejoined Day Pitney after eight years as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and 14 years as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Before these judicial posts, Judge Droney served as the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, the chief federal law enforcement officer for the state.
In his years on the federal appellate and trial bench, Judge Droney presided over many trials and appeals, and authored opinions on civil and criminal matters, including constitutional issues, intellectual property, (including patents), breach of contract, antitrust, securities litigation, class actions, insurance, employment, criminal law and procedure, and other topics.
While on the Court of Appeals, Judge Droney was a member of the Committee for the Administration of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts of the U.S. Judicial Conference. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Federal Judges Association.
As U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, Judge Droney supervised numerous criminal investigations, including grand jury matters. He was also a member of Attorney General Janet Reno's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys, and the chair of the Civil Issues Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee.
Prior to his federal appointments, Judge Droney was a partner in a Hartford law firm, where he was a civil and criminal trial attorney. He has lectured on trial and appellate advocacy at Yale Law School and the University of Connecticut School of Law, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the Connecticut state courts limiting their operations with regard to civil commercial matters to Priority 1 functions. In the context of civil litigation, other than divorce and family matters, the Judicial Branch has defined Priority 1 as only ex parte motions. As a result, neither short calendar proceedings to resolve motions nor trials are being conducted. Many other courts have also limited their operations.
Retired Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers and Retired U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Chris Droney, who in addition to their appellate experience also served as trial judges for many years, are available to help move civil disputes forward towards resolution either through mediation or a binding process to resolve issues by consent of the parties. All of this can be accomplished remotely via video conferencing application. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this opportunity further.
Recipient of Honorary Degree in Laws from the University of Connecticut, 2016
Recipient of the Special Recognition Award from the Hartford Spanish-American Merchants Association, 1997
Recipient of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New England Field Division Award, 1997
Recipient of the Distinguished Law Enforcement Award from the Hartford Police Union, 1994
Town of West Hartford, Mayor, 1985-89