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Tara Knight

Tara Knight

Over 27 years experience in Connecticut courts
  • Criminal Law, Personal Injury
  • Connecticut
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Summary

Tara Knight is the founding member and senior partner of the firm of Knight & Cerritelli L.L.C. located in New Haven, Connecticut. Attorney Knight specializes in criminal defense law and is board-certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. The Expanded Governing Board of Yale Law School has appointed her Clinical Tutor in Law at the Yale Law School yearly since 2013. She sat as one of the directors of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification which is the governing board overseeing the certification of lawyers as Board Certified throughout the nation in criminal law and other areas of specialty from 2012-2015. In 2012 she was inducted into the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. She is rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell, it’s highest rating. Her extensive criminal litigation background includes trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts. She has tried numerous cases to verdict including defending individuals charged with: Capital Murder; robbery; assault; sexual assault; narcotics; weapons violations; computer and pornography crimes; embezzlement; marijuana; and domestic violence. Attorney Knight is admitted to practice before the Connecticut State and Federal Courts; the Second Circuit Court of Appeals; and the United States Supreme Court.

Education
Suffolk University Law School
LL.M. (1990)
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Fairfield University
B.S. / English (1984)
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Professional Experience
Legal Analyst
MSNBC
Current
Legal Analyst
WTNH
- Current
Appears weekly on News Channel 8 in New Haven, Connecticut to talk about a variety of legal topics
Clinical Tutor --Trial Advocacy
Yale Law School
- Current
Trial practice instructor Yale Law School
Adjunct Professor
University of Connecticut Law School
- Current
co-taught Criminal Procedure during Fall semester 2010
Board Director
National Board of Trial Advocacy
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Sat on Board of Directors for the NBTA- the national organization that certifies lawyers in various specialties
Legal Analyst
CNN
Legal Analyst
CourtTV
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Adjunct Professor
Quinnipiac College
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Taught Criminal Law
Publications
Articles & Publications
Reigning in the Mavericks
Connecticut Law Tribune
Criminal Justice Model a Costly Mistake
Connecticut Law Tribune
How Many Fingers Do you See?
Connecticut Law Tribune
Speaking Engagements
Cheshire Murders, New York City
The Today Show
Interviewed by Savannah Guthrie regarding Cheshire Murder case
Casey Anthony Trial, New York City
The Today Show
Interviewed by Meredith Vieira regarding a motion to suppress filed by Casey Anthony's defense
The Practice of Criminal Law, West Haven High School
West Haven High School
Shared anecdotes and information about the practice of criminal law in Connecticut
The Role of a Trial Attorney, Quinnipiac School of Law
New Haven County Bar Association
Helped kids understand the role of an attorney in the courtroom,
Awards
in criminal law for the State of Connecticut
Best Lawyers in America
yearly since 2003
Super Lawyer-Criminal Law
Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers
yearly since 2006
Top 25 Woman Lawyers in Connecticut
Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers
2007, 2011, 2012 & 2016
Best Lawyers in New York Area
New York Magazine
yearly since 2006
Top 50 Lawyers in New England
New England Magazine
2009 ,2011 & 2012
Legal "100" List
Irish Voice Newspaper and Irish American Magazine
a listing of the leading figures in the legal profession across North America
Top 50 Lawyers in the State of Connecticut
Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
United States Supreme Court
bar member
Current
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
bar member
Current
American Board of Criminal Lawyers
Fellow
- Current
Activities: admitted after examination and investigation into qualifications
Connecticut Bar Foundation
inducted member
- Current
FAMM (Families Against Minimum Mandatories)
member
- Current
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
member
- Current
NORML
member of legal committee
- Current
Criminal Law Section-Connecticut Bar Association
Executive Committee Member
- Current
Connecticut State Bar
Member
- Current
New Haven County Bar Association
member
- Current
Ansonia/Milford Judicial District Grievance Panel
member
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Activities: Appointed by the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court
Independent Review Board
member
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Activities: Selected by Mayor of New Haven to act as member of an independent review board to examine New Haven Police Department's policies and structures in the wake of a well publicized corruption scandal
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Contingent Fees
    For personal Injury cases....
Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
2 Lincoln Street
New Haven, CT 06510
USA
Telephone: (203) 624-6115
Fax: (203) 624-4791