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  • Distinctions
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Overview

Sarah S.  Healey is a partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey’s litigation group.  Sarah focuses her litigation practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation as well as labor and employment defense.  Sarah has represented a variety of clients including financial institutions, insurance brokerage firms, healthcare facilities, utility companies and individuals in federal and state court as well as in arbitration proceedings.  Sarah has represented clients in a range of matters involving, for example, claims of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, defamation, unfair trade practices, and misappropriation of trade secrets.  Sarah also regularly defends employers before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Sarah frequently presents on current labor and employment law issues.  She also conducts management training for all employers on topics including harassment prevention and performance management, leaves of absence, accommodating employees with disabilities, and wage and hour compliance.

Experience

  • Successfully represented manufacturing company at a fact finding before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. CHRO issued a finding of “no reasonable cause” on former employee’s claims of sexual harassment and dismissed the matter
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of financial institution in matter brought by former employee alleging race discrimination in violation of federal and state statutes
  • Obtained summary judgment in state court on behalf of hospital in matter brought by former employee alleging breaches of human resource policies
  • Served as co-counsel during 17 day bench trial in which the court found for client on claims of breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and fraud and awarded client approximately $1.7 million, plus prejudgment interest
  • Part of team that successfully represented franchisees against franchisor in arbitration on breach of contract and constructive termination claim and violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, resulting in an approximate $1.8 million arbitration award
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of employer in two matters brought by former employees alleging disability and sexual orientation claims
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal court on behalf of an international manufacturing company against a qui tam plaintiff alleging that violations of former false marking statute
  • Successfully prosecuted injunction actions to enforce non-competition agreements on behalf of employers
  • Successfully defended insurance brokerage firm and hospital in unemployment compensation hearings before the Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Represents children in neglect and abuse matters pending before the superior court

Distinctions

  • Selected as a “New Leaders in the Law” by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2013-2018
  • Recognized on the Pro Bono Honor Roll by Connecticut Lawyer Magazine, 2011-2013

 

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Waterbury Bar Association
  • New Haven Bar Association

Community

  • Former Board of Directors, Friends Center for Children
  • Former Board of Directors, Acts 4 Ministry, Inc.

Events & Speaking Engagements

Ethically Handling Your Piles of Client Files Seminar

12:00pm Fairfield County Bar Association

Legal Ethics of Email Seminar

8:45am Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale