A former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is embarking on a new chapter in his legal career as he departs from Connecticut’s Day Pitney to start a new independent firm in West Hartford.

Christopher Droney served on the Second Circuit from 2011 to 2019, and before that was a district judge and U.S. attorney for Connecticut. He said in a phone interview that he plans to dedicate more time to mock trials, moot court, arbitration, mediations and investigations at his new firm, Droney Law in West Hartford.