Nuala E. Droney


  • Overview


    Nuala Droney is a partner in the firm’s Business Litigation Group. Ms. Droney focuses her practice on complex business litigation, intellectual property litigation, and representing clients in government investigations.

    Complex Litigation

    Ms. Droney helps clients navigate complex business disputes, from pre-suit discussions to jury trials. Her courtroom experience ranges from federal and state jury and bench trials to preliminary injunctions and Markman hearings.

    Ms. Droney has won numerous complex cases for clients, including disputes involving allegations of breach of contract, theft of trade secrets and unfair trade practices. She regularly counsels clients, including major manufacturers, on litigation risk and dispute avoidance.

    Intellectual Property

    Ms. Droney is the chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Team. She represents clients faced with high-stakes intellectual property disputes. She has successfully represented clients in patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement and trade secret litigation.

    Government Investigations

    Ms. Droney is also a member of the firm’s White-Collar Defense and Corporate Compliance Team. She represents clients involved in government investigations, including investigations by various U.S. Attorney’s offices and offices of states Attorney General.

    By appointment of the federal courts, Ms. Droney also represents indigent federal defendants who are facing U.S. Department of Justice prosecutions.

    Pro Bono and Community Involvement

    Ms. Droney chairs Robinson+Cole's Women's Committee. She is one of the founders of the firm’s Domestic Violence Restraining Order program, which provides free legal services to family violence victims.

    By appointment of the Judges of the District of Connecticut, Ms. Droney served on the Merit Selection Panel for the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Joan Margolis, and she currently serves on the Advisory Committee on the District's Local Criminal Rules and the Merit Selection Panel for the Reappointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez. In 2012, Governor Dannel P. Malloy appointed Ms. Droney to serve on the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority's Board of Directors. She is also Co-Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association's Fair and Impartial Courts Committee and a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford's Board of Trustees.

    Connecticut Super Lawyers® has consistently named Ms. Droney a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation since 2013 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.) Benchmark Litigation named her a 2015, 2016, and 2017 Local Litigation Star. Chambers USA recognized her in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

    Before entering private practice, Ms. Droney served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alfred V. Covello, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut.

  • Experience
    • Experience


        Complex Litigation

      • Served as trial counsel to manufacturer of commercial printing devices in three-week federal jury trial involving claims of antitrust, patent infringement, trade secret theft, computer crimes, fraud, and unfair trade.

      • As lead trial counsel representing a government contractor, successfully settled complex breach of contract action concerning military technology.

      • Successfully represented client in four-day preliminary injunction hearing in United States District Court, District of Connecticut, in case involving Connecticut Franchise Act, breach of contract, Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, and tortious interference with contractual relations.

      • Won summary judgment for client in complex federal action based on Noerr-Pennington doctrine.
      • Won preliminary injunction for client under Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act after three-day evidentiary hearing.
      • Obtained mid-trial settlement for client in construction-related dispute involving allegations of breach of contract and Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act violations.

      • Won complete motion to dismiss in hotly contested Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration, resolving matter for client in less than six months. FINRA panel granted motion to dismiss, agreeing that client was not associated with the securities in question, had no contact with the claimant, and had no supervisory responsibilities with respect to the sale of the securities at issue.

      • Intellectual Property Litigation

      • Obtained dismissal for client of federal court action for breach of contract, quantum meruit intentional interference with prospective contractual relations, misrepresentation, and declaratory judgment. Court granted motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction.
      • Obtained favorable outcome for client and ultimately a summary judgment victory, which the Second Circuit affirmed on appeal, in trade secrets, computer crimes and unfair trade practices dispute. 

      • Negotiated pre-trial settlement in patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Texas for a worldwide supplier of gas generation systems regarding multiple patents in the coal mine firefighting industry.

      • Successfully prosecuted a patent infringement action for a major wholesaler/integrated supplier in relation to our client's Internet procurement method patent. The case settled prior to trial. 

      • Obtained settlement in patent case concerning monitoring and controlling of energy usage while representing patent holder in multiple simultaneous infringement matters in the District of Delaware, District of Massachusetts, and District of Connecticut. 

      • Criminal Litigation

      • Represented corporate officer during all stages of criminal investigation and federal prosecution by United States Attorney's Office. Argued for and obtained non-United States Sentencing Guidelines and nonjail sentence for corporate officer.

      • Represented Criminal Justice Act client through all stages of federal prosecution by United States Attorney's Office. Obtained favorable mandatory minimum sentence for client after briefing and oral argument on crack-to-powder disparity under United States Sentencing Guidelines.

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association (2005 - present)

      Massachusetts Bar Association (2005 - present)

      Connecticut Bar Association (2007 - present)
      Fair and Impartial Courts Committee (2015 - present)

      Hartford County Bar Association (2007 - present)

      Janet Bond Arterton IP Inn of Court
      Charter Member
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed as a Local Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation for 2015 and 2016

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation for 2013 to 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation from 2010 to 2012 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Connecticut Law Tribune, recognized in 2013 New Leaders in the Law Yearbook

      Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the state of Connecticut in the area of Litigation: General Commercial as "Up and Coming" for 2015 and 2016

      Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "First 100," 2015

       Robinson+Cole Mentor of the Year Award, 2016

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
      Board of Directors Member (2012 - present)

      Criminal Justice Act Training Panel, United States District Court, District of Connecticut (2010 - present)

      Miss Porter's School
      Alumnae Board (2014 - present)

      Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford
      Board of Trustees (2017 - present)
    • Publications


      "Patent Reform Becomes Law: Highlights of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act," published in Connecticut Lawyer, co-authored with Andrea Donovan Napp (October/November 2012)

    • Presentations


      "The Essentials of Federal Practice," co-presented with Kathleen E. Dion and the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, a CLE program sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section (CBA-YLS) in New Britain, Connecticut (3/21/2017)
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      "Brady v. Maryland Is Over 50 Years Old: Is It Ailing? What's the Cure?" panelist for CLE discussion at Quinnipiac University School of Law (4/20/2016)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • March 31, 2017

        Business Litigation Lawyers Participate in Essentials of Federal Practice at CBA-YLS Session

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      • March 23, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Attend Women's Summit at Bryant University

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      • March 7, 2017

        Five Robinson+Cole Lawyers Selected as James W. Cooper Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

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      • December 27, 2016

        Connecticut District Court Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers for Pro Bono Work

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      • December 8, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Co-Host Interval House Reception

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      • April 13, 2016

        Nuala Droney Serves as Panelist at CBA Program

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      • March 31, 2016

        Women's Committee Supports CBA Pathways to Leadership Event

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      • March 9, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Women's Committee Sponsors Event with Connecticut Chief Justice

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      • March 8, 2016

        Land Use Lawyers Negotiate Settlement Allowing Soup Kitchen to Remain Open

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      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

      • August 5, 2015

        Business Litigation Lawyers Successfully Represent Clients Through DVRO Program

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      • January 23, 2013

        Connecticut Law Tribune quotes Robinson & Cole's Pro Bono Work

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      • December 12, 2012

        Litigation Attorneys Author Article About Patent Reform

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      • February 24, 2012

        Hartford Heartbreakers Cycle for Cancer Research

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      R+C News Releases

      • March 27, 2017

        Nuala Droney Elected to Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford Board of Trustees

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 13, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Presents Annual Awards for Dedication and Outstanding Contributions

      • May 27, 2016

        Chambers USA Recognizes Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Practice Groups

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      • November 19, 2015

        Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence Recognizes Robinson+Cole

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      • November 3, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2016

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 9, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyer Co-Chairs Fair and Impartial Courts Committee of Connecticut Bar Association

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      • May 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Earns Six Practice Area Rankings in Chambers USA 2015

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      • October 30, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Recognized by Benchmark Litigation

      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • November 13, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Named “New Leaders in the Law”

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      • November 7, 2013

        Connecticut Legal Services Honors Robinson & Cole for Pro Bono Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program

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      • May 22, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Provide Pro Bono Support to Norwich Soup Kitchen

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      • January 18, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Announces 2013 Partner Promotions

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • September 26, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Nuala Droney Appointed to Connecticut Housing Finance Authority Board

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      • May 7, 2012

        R&C Associates Spend Happy Hour with First Lady Cathy Malloy

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      • August 24, 2010

        Community Dedication Honored and Summer Associates Return to School

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    • Newsletters


      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Linn F. Freedman, Kathleen M. Porter, Jean E. Tomasco and Kathryn M. Rattigan (04/23/2015)

      Supreme Court Starts 2015 with Focus on Facts (1/22/2015)

      Supreme Court Upholds Congressional Right to Change Copyright Protection (01/20/2012)

      Former In-House Counsel Acquitted In Federal Prosecution (05/12/2011)

      Feds Target In-House Lawyer (02/01/2011)