Nuala E. Droney

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Nuala Droney is a partner in the firm's Business Litigation Group. She serves as chair of of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Team and as a member of the White-Collar Defense and Corporate Compliance Practice Team.

    Ms. Droney focuses her practice on complex litigation in federal courts, including antitrust, patent, trade secret, trademark, unfair trade practices, fraud, and contract disputes. In 2013, The Connecticut Law Tribune named Ms. Droney one of its New Leaders in the Law and Connecticut Super Lawyers® named her a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.).

    Ms. Droney's practice has included representing a worldwide supplier of gas generation systems in multi-patent infringement actions in the Eastern District of Texas, representing clients in a multi-jurisdictional dispute over patents for monitoring and controlling energy usage, and prosecuting a patent infringement action for a major integrated supplier based on an Internet procurement patent. She is currently representing a print industry manufacturer in a complex federal action involving fraud, trade secret misappropriation, antitrust, and computer crimes allegations.

    In addition to her civil practice, Ms. Droney maintains a criminal practice. She represents clients in government and internal investigations. Through the Criminal Justice Act Training Panel, she represents indigent federal defendants in Department of Justice prosecutions.

    Ms. Droney chairs Robinson+Cole's Women's Committee. She was instrumental in creating a program that provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence seeking restraining orders in Connecticut Superior Court.

    By appointment of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Ms. Droney serves on the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority's Board of Directors. Before entering private practice, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alfred V. Covello, United States District Judge, District of Connecticut.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Complex Litigation

      • 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.
      • Other Experiences

      • 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.
      • Complex Litigation

      • Won preliminary injunction for client under Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act after three-day evidentiary hearing.
      • Represented client in multiday bench trial in construction-related dispute involving allegations of breach of contract and Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act violation.
      • 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.
      • Lead counsel for client at multi-day preliminary injunction hearing in trade secrets, computer crimes and unfair trade practices dispute. This resulted in a favorable outcome for client and ultimately a summary judgement victory.

      • Patent Litigation

      • Prosecution and defense of 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.
      • Prosecution of a patent infringement action for a major wholesaler/integrated supplier in relation to our client's Internet procurement method patent.
      • Representation of patent holder in multiple simultaneous patent infringement matters in the District of Delaware, District of Massachusetts, and District of Connecticut. Patents concern monitoring and controlling energy usage.

      • 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)

      Hartford County Bar Association (2007 - present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation in 2013 (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.)

      Named as New Leader in the Law (2014) by the Connecticut Law Tribune.



    • 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
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      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)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • 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

      • 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

      Newsletters

      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)