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About Richard L. Pate

Richard Pate, Esq. is Associate Professor of Management at Sacred Heart University. He teaches law related classes at SHU. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law. Professor Pate is licensed to practice law in Connecticut, the United States District Court of Connecticut, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Supreme Court. The matters he handles as a practicing attorney are directly correlated with the subjects he teaches at the University, offering students a “real life” look at legal issues. His focus is on human resource law; he represents employees in race, color, gender, religion, age, military status and disability discrimination actions before state and federal courts and state and federal administrative agencies. Selected litigation includes the following:
Hart v. Family Dental Group, 645 F.3d 561(2nd Cir. 2011) cert. denied 132 S.Ct.763 (2011).  Represented employee in action based on discrimination due to military status.
Marinella v. Town of Darien, 2010 WL 3123298 (D.Conn. 2010). Represented widow of former employee of town in action based on violation of procedural due process under the U.S. Constitution in connection with widow survivor benefits.
Parker v. Ginsburg Development CT, LLC, 85 Conn. App. 777 (2004).  Represented employee in action based on language rebutting employee at will status.
Vogel v. American Kiosk Management, 371 F. Supp. 2d 122 (2005).  Represented employee in action based on discrimination due to sexual orientation and overtime manager misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act.


1998 - Present Associate Professor Management, Sacred Heart University Jack Welch College of Business

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Honors and Awards

  • Tenure Award May 7, 2014

Contact Information

Martire Center W328
Jack Welch College of Business


Articles (6)

Unpublished Papers (1)

Working Papers (1)