Charles Edward Tiernan, III

Top rated DUI-DWI attorney in New Haven, Connecticut

Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante
Charles Edward Tiernan, III
Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante

Practice Areas: DUI-DWI, Criminal Defense, Workers' Compensation

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1983

Education: Drake University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante

52 Trumbull Street
New Haven, CT 06510 Visit website


Charles Edward Tiernan III is the principal attorney at the law firm of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante. Focusing his practice on criminal law, workers’ compensation, administrative law, juvenile delinquency, child neglect matters and probate law, he serves clients throughout New Haven, Connecticut. 

Mr. Tiernan is a fierce and tireless advocate for the rights and freedoms of his clients. Going the extra mile for them, he handles all cases efficiently with a firm commitment to their interests. He provides personalized strategies for each client’s unique case and keeps them well informed about their case. 

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Trinity College, Mr. Tiernan has a Juris Doctor from the Drake University Law School. While in law school, he was on the board of editors of the Drake Law Review and published an article titled “Standing Barriers to Citizen and Taxpayers Suits in the Federal Court” in 1983. He also clerked at the Connecticut Superior Court. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Tiernan was elected to serve as the Probate Judge for the towns of Branford/North Branford beginning on January 4, 2023.

With memberships in prominent legal associations, Mr. Tiernan is actively affiliated with the legal community. He is a member of the New Haven County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section and the Executive Committee, and the American Bar Association. 

Admitted to practice in Connecticut, Mr. Tiernan represents his clients before the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the Supreme Court of the United States and the U.S. Tax Court. He has lectured at numerous legal associations and has also served as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University. 

Recognized for his exceptional legal contributions, Mr. Tiernan has received many awards and accolades, including being AV Preeminent* peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating and being included in the list of Best Lawyers. He also serves as the constable of the Town of Branford.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer-Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Criminal Defense, Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 40% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 30% Criminal Defense
  • 30% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 1983, Connecticut

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Representative Clients:
  • Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc., Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Broadspire, Medtronic, Inc.,  Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Meridian Resources, Inc.    PMA
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Alpha Chi Rho
  • Appointed by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont to the State of Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission, 2019
Educational Background:
  • Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, B.A. - 1980, Major: Political Science
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1983
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Workers Compensation Section, Member, Executive Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • New Haven County Bar Association, Member
  • Connecticut's Judicial Selection Commission, Chairman, June 2019- August 2022
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1984
  • Connecticut, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit  , 1987
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer, Defending Drunk Drivers, New Haven County Bar Association, 1987
  • "A Pig in the Parlor", "Insurer's Liens on Workers' Compensation Awards", Compensation Quarterly, Volume 15, Number 4, Fall, 2005
  • "Safety and Security In The Workers' Compensation Forum", Compensation Quarterly, Volume 5, Number 3, Summer, 1995
  • "Standing Barriers to Citizen and Taxpayer Suits in the Federal Court", 32 Drake Law Review 2, 1983
  • Lecturer, What's New In Workers' Compensation Law?, New Haven County Bar Association, 1991
  • Lecturer, Defending Drunk Drivers, New Haven County Bar Association, 1999
  • Adjunct Professor, Introduction to Law, Quinnipiac University, 1989
  • Adjunct Professor, Family Law, Quinnipiac University, 1997
  • Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense/Workers' Compensation, Connecticut Magazine, 2006
  • Constable, Town of Branford, 2018-Present
  • Lawyer of the Year: Criminal Defense, New Haven 2022
  • Lawyer of the Year: DUI/DWI Defense, New Haven 2016
  • Super Lawyers, 2006-2022
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Pre-eminent

Office location for Charles Edward Tiernan, III

52 Trumbull Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Phone: 203-787-0275


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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