Kate Dion, a member the firm's Litigation Section, focuses her practice on all aspects of civil and criminal litigation. She frequently handles cases related to education, government and internal investigations, and business disputes.
Ms. Dion represents private schools, colleges, and universities in a variety of civil matters, such as tuition disputes, allegations of staff misconduct, and Title IX matters. Ms. Dion has assisted her clients in reaching favorable settlements in several employee misconduct actions. Ms. Dion also successfully represented a university and professor in a defamation claim.
Investigations and Criminal Defense
Ms. Dion’s matters have involved her representation of clients who are the subject of government investigations, including inquiries by the Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Communications Commission, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, state attorneys general, and state and local law enforcement.
Ms. Dion also assists public and private companies with internal investigations on a variety of matters including financial wrongdoing and regulatory non-compliance. While investigating the embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a health care organization, Ms. Dion obtained a full confession from the former chief financial officer, and helped coordinate with federal agencies, which led to the CFO’s criminal conviction. Ms. Dion has assisted with multiple corporate embezzlement investigations, helping to catch those responsible and recover stolen funds.
By appointment of a judge in the United States District Court in Connecticut, Ms. Dion represented an indigent defendant facing federal murder charges in a month long jury trial.
Ms. Dion represents clients across the country in a variety of business disputes. Her courtroom experience ranges from federal and state jury trials to arbitrations and appeals. She has handled several class actions involving consumer products, including food, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. Ms. Dion obtained a favorable mid-trial settlement for a defense contractor in a dispute involving allegations of breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Ms. Dion has devoted significant time to the representation of pro bono clients. She was part of a group of Robinson+Cole attorneys whose legal assistance ultimately allowed a soup kitchen and food pantry to remain open despite attempts by the local municipality to close them. She participates in the firm’s successful Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program, which provides free legal services to family violence victims. Ms. Dion also successfully argued an appeal before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for a prisoner on a civil rights claim. She received the firm’s Pro Bono Service Award in 2013.
Ms. Dion is a member of the firm’s Data Privacy + Security Team, and she regularly contributes to the firm’s Data Privacy + Security Insider publication, writing about Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and Fourth Amendment issues. She also contributes to the blog Health Law Diagnosis.
Ms. Dion was named a Rising Star in the Connecticut Super Lawyers List in the area of Business Litigation in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Dion served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Beach of the Connecticut Appellate Court.