U.S. Senate Confirms District of Delaware Judicial Nominees

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We are pleased to announce that Maryellen Noreika and Colm Connolly were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1 to serve as District Judges on the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Ms. Noreika and Mr. Connolly were nominated by President Trump on December 20, 2017 and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 15, 2018. They will fill the vacancies created by Judge Sleet taking senior status and Judge Robinson’s retirement.

Ms. Noreika is a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, where she has been litigating patent cases for twenty-five years. She has extensive experience in cases cutting across many industries, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, consumer products, computers and telecommunications. She has tried more than 30 cases. She has also devoted hundreds of hours to pro bono matters as a court appointed guardian ad litem in the Delaware Family Court.

Mr. Connolly is a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, where his practice includes commercial and intellectual property litigation, as well as white collar criminal defense work and corporate investigations. He joined Morgan Lewis after serving for eight years as the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Mr. Connolly was a partner at Morris Nichols.

We congratulate Ms. Noreika and Mr. Connolly and wish them well in this next phase of their careers.

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