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Delaware Law Update: U.S. Senate Confirms Connolly and Noreika to Delaware District Court

On August 1, 2018, the United States Senate confirmed Colm F. Connolly and Maryellen Noreika to be United States District Judges for the District of Delaware.   Connolly and Noreika will fill the two vacant District Judge vacancies created by the retirements of Judge Sue L. Robinson and Gregory M. Sleet.

Mr. Connolly, a former United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, is currently the Managing Partner of the Wilmington office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.  His practice includes complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, white collar criminal matters, and corporate investigations.

Ms. Noreika is currently a partner at Morris, Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP in Wilmington, Delaware, where she is a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Group.  Her practice focuses on litigating patent cases in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and consumer products.

Their confirmations by the United States Senate will bring the Delaware District Court back to a full bench of judges.  Since 2017, more than a dozen visiting District Court and Circuit Court judges have volunteered to take Delaware District cases, which has allowed the Delaware District Court to maintain its high level of commercial and intellectual property litigation.  It is expected that the visiting judges will be phased out as their current cases conclude and as the new judges take on full caseloads.

Following is a link to the United States Senate website page announcing the confirmations: https://www.senate.gov/legislative/nom_confc.htm

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