SHU Names Michael D. Larobina as University Legal Counsel
Michael D. Larobina, J.D., LL.M., has been named general counsel at Sacred Heart University, effective February 1. He will be responsible for managing the University’s legal affairs, including providing legal advice to academic and administrative management personnel; preparing and reviewing legal documents; defending claims before federal and state agencies and courts; managing litigation matters; supervising outside counsel; and serving as a liaison to regulatory and legislative bodies, courts and attorneys general. He will also serve as a member of the President’s management team.
“I look forward to my new responsibilities, and I appreciate the trust that President (John J.) Petillo has placed in my abilities,” Larobina said.
Larobina comes to the position with extensive legal experience. He most recently worked as director of Legal Affairs and corporation counsel for the City of Stamford, Conn., making him the chief legal officer for the city. He was responsible for the corporation counsel’s office and the human resources department and served as a member of the mayor’s cabinet. Since 1989, he also served as a professional consultant, providing legal advice to individuals and businesses concerning business transactions, business organizations, real property transactions, complete probate, estate planning and trust practice.
In addition, Larobina has been a professor for Sacred Heart’s John F. Welch College of Business since 1990 and has served as associate dean for Programs and Development since 2009.
He received his bachelor’s degree in American history from Pace University; his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Quinnipiac School of Law; and his LL.M in international business & trade law from Fordham University School of Law.
“I think all universities will have to pay more attention to the external regulatory environment, and I plan on paying close attention to what is going on outside of the University that will have an impact on how we meet our goals and mission,” Larobina said. “I’m hopeful that a move to in-house counsel will better serve all the different constituencies within the University, and I will work towards that goal.”