Judge Christopher F. Droney was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Obama on December 1, 2011. Judge Droney previously served as a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut from September 22, 1997, until his elevation to the Court of Appeals.
Judge Droney was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 22, 1954. He received a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Holy Cross College in 1976. In 1979, Judge Droney received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was a notes and comments editor of the Law Review.
From 1979 to 1993, Judge Droney was engaged in the private practice of law in Hartford, specializing in trial work. He was a partner in the Hartford law firm of Reid & Riege, P.C. On October 21, 1993, Judge Droney was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and served until his appointment in 1997 as District Judge. While United States Attorney, Judge Droney was a member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys.
Judge Droney was elected to the Town Council of West Hartford in 1983, and served as Mayor of West Hartford from 1985 to 1989. He is married to the former Elizabeth Lawson Kelly and they have three daughters.