Sandra Marin Lautier



  • Overview


    Sandra Marin Lautier represents clients in complex commercial litigation, employee and group benefits litigation, and a variety of labor and employment law matters. She is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group, and focuses on all aspects of business litigation, including pre-litigation counseling and dispute resolution.

    Commercial and Civil Litigation

    Sandra assists clients with business disputes in Connecticut and New York state and federal trial and appellate courts, and in arbitration. Sandra has worked on cases involving general commercial contractual disputes, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, business torts, unfair trade practices, commercial property disputes, mergers and acquisitions, civil rights, and products liability. Sandra has also represented managed care clients in disputes involving fraud, abuse and commercial contract disputes.

    Her recent successes include helping clients recoup money owed to them by property owners secured by mechanic’s liens and securing a favorable partial settlement in a chemical supplier dispute. Sandra has also secured positive results for clients in arbitration in various tribunals, and assisted a client in favorably settling numerous collection cases.  Sandra’s courtroom experiences include representing a pro bono client, by appointment of a judge in the United States District Court of Connecticut, in a federal jury trial.

    Education Law

    Sandra regularly represents private schools, colleges, and universities in various types of civil lawsuits and advises educational institutions on issues related to compliance with state and federal laws. 

    Employee and Group Benefits Litigation

    Sandra also represents clients in disputes related to group welfare benefits, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), health insurance, disability insurance, and life insurance coverage. She defends claims brought against plan fiduciaries and represents plan administrators and insurers in enforcing plan and policy terms and recovering plan assets. 

    Labor and Employment Law

    Sandra also represents businesses and other employers in claims involving discrimination, wrongful termination, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, contracts, investigations, wage and hour, and other employment disputes. She also represents employers in related federal and state administrative proceedings, including proceedings at the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division on Human Rights, and the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

    Sandra has helped secure positive results for clients, such as the dismissal of a case involving multiple plaintiffs who sought back wages from an employer.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Sandra was a legal extern for the State of Connecticut's Office of the General Counsel of the Governor, where she conducted research regarding the governor's policy initiatives.

    While attending law school, Sandra served as associate editor of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. She was also an intern in the chambers of United States District Court Judge Vanessa L. Bryant. She is fluent in Spanish.

  • Experience
    • Experience


      • Represents individual homeowners who are challenging the constitutionality of a New York municipality’s law which regulates short-term rentals.

      • Obtained multiple default orders from court in connection with complaints against property owners who failed to pay money owed for mechanic’s liens, resulting in the recovery of between $100,000 to $250,000 for each property.

      • Obtained favorable settlement for some of a chemical company’s claims in a multi-million dollar lawsuit over the alleged failure to supply chemical goods, while additional claims are pending. 

      • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment on a narrow exception to the Fair Labor Standards Act in litigation against employer in a class action in which former employees claimed to be owed wages.

      • Drafted motions in ongoing litigation in which health insurance company client is seeking to recover fees.

      • Argued motion to dismiss in pending litigation in which clients have been sued for over $10 million for alleged breach of contract and fraud.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association
      Former Board Member and Treasurer

      New York State Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Hispanic National Bar Association
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Robinson+Cole Pro Bono Award recipient, 2019

      Recognized as a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2022

      Named to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) First 100 Plus Class of 2022 for demonstrating leadership and commitment to improving the lives of domestic violence survivors throughout Connecticut.

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Horizons at the Ethel Walker School
      Former Member of the Board of Directors

      The Grace Academy
      Member, Board of Directors (2020 - Present)

      University of Hartford
      The President’s Community Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2021 - Present)
    • Publications


      "Prelitigation Steps for Trade Secret and Noncompete Cases," published in Lexis Practice Advisor, co-authored with Matthew T. Miklave and Ian T. Clarke-Fisher (Updated, July 2019)
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    • Presentations


      "Resolving Cross-Border M&A Disputes," co-presented with Jeffrey J. White, during the American Bar Association's Business Law Section Virtual Spring Meeting. (4/21/2021)
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      "Public Sector Employment, Labor, and Civil Rights Issues," co-presented with Matthew T. Miklave, 2017 Northeast Regional Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association Conference (8/28/2017)
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      "Interplay Between Workers' Compensation, FMLA, ADA and Other Benefits," co-presented with Attorney Rachel Kushel for Sterling Education Services (12/15/2015)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • March 25, 2022

        Connecticut Law Tribune to Honor Eight Robinson+Cole Lawyers During Connecticut Legal Awards

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      • September 13, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Give Presentation to Government Finance Officials

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      • October 14, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Write Article for Lexis Practice Advisor

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      • June 6, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors George W. Crawford Black Bar Association's 2016 Annual Dinner

      • April 26, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Elected to CHBA Board

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      • April 28, 2015

        Hartford Lawyers Elected to CHBA Board Positions

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      R+C News Releases

      • April 18, 2022

        Alexandra Kritzman, Sandra Lautier, Stephani Roman, and Annecca Smith Named to CCADV’s First 100 Plus Class of 2022

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      • February 7, 2017

        Sandra Marin Elected to Horizons at The Ethel Walker School Board of Directors

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      • December 11, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes New Lawyers