Judge Droney was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for eight years, a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut for fourteen years and the presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut for four years.  He has also been a partner in two Hartford law firms.  Early in his career, Judge Droney was elected Mayor of the Town of West Hartford and served two terms.

In his years on the federal appellate and trial bench, Judge Droney presided over many trials and appeals, and authored numerous opinions on civil and criminal matters, including constitutional issues, intellectual property, breach of contract, antitrust, securities litigation, class actions, insurance and employment.

While U. S. Attorney, he supervised numerous criminal investigations, including grand jury matters.  He was also a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and was chair of the Civil Issues Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

Judge Droney retired from the federal bench in 2020, and since then has conducted moot appellate arguments for appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals, as well as state appellate courts.  He has also conducted numerous arbitrations and mediations on many types of civil cases.  Judge Droney was appointed the System Arbitrator for the National Football League and National Football League Players Association in 2021.


The University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1979

Notes and Comments Editor, Connecticut Law Review

College of the Holy Cross, B.A., History, Magna Cum Laude, 1976

Honorary Degree in Laws, University of Connecticut, 2016


Distinguished Neutral and Member of Appellate Review Panel, International Institute for Conflict Prevention (CPR)

Member of FedArb and American Arbitration Association

Member, American Law Institute

Business Law Advisor to Business Law Section of American Bar Association

Member of Board of Trustees, Federal Bar Council

Member, Board of Trustees, Federal Judges Association (2014-2017)