Kathleen E. Dion


  • Overview


    Kate Dion is a member the firm's Litigation Section, where her practice includes all aspects of civil and criminal litigation. Her experience includes counseling clients in government investigations, internal investigations, and white-collar criminal matters. She also represents clients in complex commercial litigation, including allegations of patent infringement, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair trade practices, tortious interference with business relations, and other business torts. In addition, she represents institutional clients and individuals in probate litigation. She is also a member of the Data Privacy + Security Team.

    Ms. Dion is an active member of the firm's Appellate Practice Team, briefing appeals in state and federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Dion served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Beach of the Connecticut Appellate Court.


  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Representation of a Connecticut nonprofit to investigate embezzlement of several hundred thousand dollars by its chief financial officer, who made fraudulent wire transfers from the nonprofit’s bank account to his bank account. Investigation included working with a forensic accountant to investigate the extent of the loss, analyzing electronic bank records and computer software, interviewing the chief financial officer, reporting the loss to the Connecticut attorney general, obtaining a full recovery for the loss through restitution from the chief financial officer and the nonprofit’s insurance company, and representing the nonprofit regarding an investigation by the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the IRS.
      • Representation of three foundations to investigate embezzlement from the foundations, which were incorporated in three different states. An employee of the foundations’ management company embezzled over $1 million from the foundations collectively by writing fraudulent checks and making fraudulent wire transfers. Representation involved working with a forensic accountant to investigate the extent of the loss, analyzing electronic bank records and computer software, and interviewing the management companies’ employees and the independent auditor’s personnel. Robinson & Cole coordinated the foundations’ reporting of the findings of the investigation to attorneys general offices that oversee the foundations and assisted with the Department of Justice and Secret Service’s investigation and prosecution of the wrongdoer. Robinson & Cole also assisted the foundations in seeking recovery from the management company and the independent auditors.
      • Litigation

      • Defense of an international congregation of Catholic religious women and an archdiocese of the Catholic Church against claims arising from alleged sexual abuse of a minor during the early 1970s by a teacher employed at a school run by the order. Claims in this action include negligent hiring, supervision, retention, breach of fiduciary duties, conspiracy, and vicarious liability.
      • Other Experiences

      • Defended a manufacturer of nutritional supplements against a proposed nationwide consumer product class action brought in California state court. The manufacturer, which distributes its product worldwide, was facing claims based on allegations that included product mislabeling and unfair trade practices, as well as violations of the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and California-specific causes of action. We aggressively litigated the case in the early stages, and prior to any discovery production by the defendant or any depositions being conducted, the plaintiff agreed to a voluntarily dismissal with prejudice without any payment from the defendant.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee , Co-chair of the Consumer Law Section

      Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Robinson+Cole Pro Bono Service Award Recipient, 2013

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Business Litigation for 2016 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Board of Directors (2015 - present)
    • Publications


      "Administrative Procedures Are Focus of Insurance Case," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Jeffrey J. White (9/14/2015)
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      "Successor Liability, Retaliation and Sanctions," co-authored with Jeffrey J. White, published in Connecticut Law Tribune, appeared in the special supplement Connecticut Supreme Court Review 2014. The article reviews several Connecticut Supreme Court decisions in 2014 that have an impact on the business community. (9/22/2014)

      "Stay Ahead Of Curve With 'Voluntary Cure'," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, co-authored with Edward J. Heath (9/24/2012)

      "Means Test or Just a Mean Test: An Examination of the Requirement That Converted Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Debtors Comply with Amended Section 707(B)," published in American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, coauthor (2008)

    • Presentations


      "Scandal on Campus and the Modern Day Investigation: Harassment, Sexting, and Avoiding the 'Rabbit Hole'," co-presented with Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, presented at the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM) Fall Symposium, College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts (10/14/2016)
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      "Navigating Substantive Legal Development in Health Law Practices," co-presented with Kathryn M. Rattigan and Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong of Health Law Advocates in Boston, David Harlow of The Harlow Group in Newton, and Roy J. Watson of the Watson Law Offices in Cambridge (2/10/2016)
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      "Responding to the Breaking Crisis: Conducting Internal Investigations in Healthcare Organizations," at Annual Healthcare Leaders Legal Update for the Connecticut Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (12/5/2014)
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      "Education Law: When to Call Outside Counsel," co-presented with Gregory R. Faulkner, Edward J. Heath and Nicole H. Najam, presented to University of Hartford doctoral students in Doctorate in Education Leadership program (7/30/2014)

      "Avoiding Common Legal Pitfalls and Risks," co-presented with Edward J. Heath, presented in collaboration with the Pro Bono Partnership and the Hartford Foundation of Public Giving, described solutions to nightmare nonprofit legal situations (3/9/2012)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • October 20, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present at AICUM Fall Symposium 2016

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      • March 8, 2016

        Land Use Lawyers Negotiate Settlement Allowing Soup Kitchen to Remain Open

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      • February 3, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Present at Annual Central Massachusetts Health Care Symposium

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      • November 12, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program for Lawyers

      • October 28, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Publish Articles in Connecticut Law Tribune's Connecticut Supreme Court Section

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      • September 1, 2015

        Three Hartford Office Lawyers Elected to Executive Committee of CBA's YLS

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      • December 2, 2014

        Kate Dion Presents to Connecticut Chapter of HFMA

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      • August 18, 2014

        Hartford Lawyers Present Education Law Program to UHart Students

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      • May 2, 2013

        Hartford Lawyers Lend Hand to Homeless Individuals Seeking Job Skills

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      • January 23, 2013

        Connecticut Law Tribune quotes Robinson & Cole's Pro Bono Work

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • September 4, 2015

        Kathleen E. Dion Lawyer Elected to KNOX Board of Directors

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      • November 7, 2013

        Connecticut Legal Services Honors Robinson & Cole for Pro Bono Domestic Violence Restraining Order Program

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      • June 21, 2013

        Local Organizations Recognize Robinson & Cole’s Pro Bono Service

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      • May 22, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Provide Pro Bono Support to Norwich Soup Kitchen

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      • April 6, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Welcomes 10 New Attorneys

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    • Newsletters


      Data Privacy + Security Insider, co-authored with Kathryn M. Rattigan, Linn F. Freedman and Andrea Donovan Napp (04/02/2015)