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Sandra D. Dawson

Hartford Office
90 State House Square
Hartford, CT 06103-3702
p 860.424.4348
f 860.424.4370
Practice Areas
Bar and Court Admissions
  • State of Connecticut
  • State of New York
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., with a Certificate in Taxation, with honors
  • University of Lowell, B.S., magna cum laude, Chemical Engineering

Sandra D. Dawson practices in the area of public finance and has an established reputation in the practice of bond law.

Sandra represents municipalities, state agencies, special taxing and special service districts, underwriters, banks, trustees, and liquidity providers in tax-exempt and taxable bond financing transactions. She provides integration of bond law, tax law, and securities law, which is critical in bringing a bond financing to a timely and successful conclusion. Sandra serves and has served as bond counsel to several municipalities and as bond and tax counsel to the State of Connecticut in connection with its transportation infrastructure financing program. She represents issuers of general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, tax credit bonds (including Build America Bonds, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds, Qualified School Construction Bonds, Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and Recovery Zone Development Bonds), lease purchase financings, lease/lease-back transactions, commercial paper, tax-increment obligations, and conduit financings under various programs (including the Connecticut City and Town Development Act). 

Sandra was recently elected by her peers as a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel.

Prior to her legal career, Sandra worked for 18 years in the forest products industry in manufacturing management and engineering. She served as General Manager for SCA Tissue (successor to Georgia-Pacific Corporation) for one of its commercial tissue mills, and as an in-house consultant where she was responsible for developing and implementing highly successful productivity improvement and cost reduction programs at Georgia-Pacific Corporation’s pulp and paper manufacturing operations throughout the southeastern United States.

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association