Charles E. Tiernan







Charles E. Tiernan, III, is a partner in the firm of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C. Mr. Tiernan represents individuals, municipalities, employers, health insurers and insurance carriers in all aspects of workers' compensation. Mr. Tiernan also has extensive experience in all phases of criminal law and litigation, including trials in both state and federal court, and focuses a major part of his practice on cases involving charges of operating under the influence, and the administrative aspects of those charges which relate to license suspensions, before the Department of Motor Vehicles. Mr. Tiernan additionally handles juvenile matters, including both delinquency and neglect, as well as family matters involving marriage dissolution.

Mr. Tiernan has been affiliated with Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C., since he was admitted to practice in 1983. Over the years, Mr. Tiernan has lectured in various seminars dealing with workers' compensation and drunk driving, and has authored articles which have appeared in the state of Connecticut Worker’s Compensation Quarterly.

Mr. Tiernan received his B.A. in 1980 from Trinity College where he captained the football team in his senior season. He received his J.D. in December of 1982 from Drake University School of Law where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Drake Law Review and authored a note for the Drake Law Review entitled, “Standing Barriers to Citizen and Taxpayers Suits in the Federal Court," 32 Drake Law Review 2, 1983. Mr. Tiernan is admitted to practice in Connecticut. He is also admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court of Connecticut, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U. S. Tax Court and the U. S. Supreme Court. Mr. Tiernan has been an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University since 1989 and currently teaches a course in family law. Mr. Tiernan is a member of the American, Connecticut and New Haven Country Bar Associations and is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • State and Federal
  • Workers Compensation
  • Administrative Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Child Neglect Matters
  • Matrimonial Law

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1984


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • "Standing Barriers to Citizen and Taxpayer Suits in the Federal Court", 32 Drake Law Review 2, 1983
  • "Safety and Security In The Workers' Compensation Forum", Compensation Quarterly, Volume 5, Number 3, Summer, 1995
  • "A Pig in the Parlor", "Insurer's Liens on Workers' Compensation Awards", Compensation Quarterly, Volume 15, Number 4, Fall, 2005

Representative Clients

  • Gallogler Bassett Services, Inc.
  • Sedgwick Claims Management Services
  • Connecticut Transit, Inc.
  • Covidien
  • Tyco
  • Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Meridian Resources, Inc.


  • Gallogler Bassett Services, Inc.
  • Sedgwick Claims Management Services
  • Connecticut Transit, Inc.
  • Covidien
  • Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield


  • Lecturer, Defending Drunk Drivers, New Haven County Bar Association, 1987 to 1987
  • Lecturer, What's New In Workers' Compensation Law?, New Haven County Bar Association, 1991 to 1991
  • Lecturer, Defending Drunk Drivers, New Haven County Bar Association, 1999 to 1999
  • Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Law, Quinnipiac University, 1989 to 1996
  • Adjunct Professor, Family Law, Quinnipiac University, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense/Workers' Compensation, Connecticut Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Haven County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Workers Compensation Section, Member, Executive Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Connecticut Superior Court, Law Clerk, 1983 to 1983


  • German


  • Alpha Chi Rho