Charles E. Tiernan, III has been an attorney with the New Haven law firm of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante since 1983. He was named a Partner in 1988. Attorney Tiernan began his career handling civil litigation and labor matters. Attorney Tiernan also provided representation in family matters where he tried a number of marriage dissolution and child custody cases. He now concentrates his practice on criminal defense juvenile matters and workers’ compensation matters. Attorney Tiernan regularly appears in the criminal courts throughout the State of Connecticut. He has extensive experience in all phases of criminal law and litigation including trials in both State and Federal Court. Attorney Tiernan also handles cases involving all aspects of workers’ compensation and other matters before state administrative agencies. His representation in juvenile matters includes handling delinquency and neglect petitions. Attorney Tiernan has handled all aspects of probate law at probate courts throughout the state. Attorney Tiernan has argued appeals before the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court.
Attorney Tiernan received his B.A. from Trinity College in 1980 where he captained the Football team his senior season. He graduated from Drake University School of Law in December 1982. 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.
Attorney Tiernan was admitted to the Connecticut Bar on May 3, 1983. He is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Attorney Tiernan is a member of the American, Connecticut and New Haven County Bar Association, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association and is a member of the Criminal Law Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association. Attorney Tiernan has been a panel member and lecture in various seminars dealing with workers’ compensation and cases involving operating under the influence. Attorney Tiernan has had articles published in the State of Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Quarterly. Attorney Tiernan has been appointed a member of the Ansonia-Milford Judicial District Grievance Panel of the Connecticut Grievance Committee several times throughout his career. On May 22, 2019, Attorney Tiernan was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont to the State Judicial Selection Commission and in June of 2019, he was elected Chairperson by the members of the Commission. Attorney Tiernan served as an adjunct professor at the Quinnipiac University from 1989-2011 teaching courses involving Introduction to Law and Family Law.
Attorney Tiernan is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007 and has been listed in the Super Lawyers publication since 2006. Since 2008, Attorney Tiernan has been an elected constable for the Town of Branford. In 2020, Attorney Tiernan was elected vice-co-chairperson of the Branford Democratic Town Committee and was also elected to the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee representing the 12th Senatorial District.