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James N. Tallberg is Managing Partner of the firm. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, and Southern Connecticut State University. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1996, and is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the Eastern District of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Tallberg has been board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2010.
Mr. Tallberg's practice includes the defense of public entities and officials, including law enforcement, educators, professional liability defense, employment practices liability, and business litigation. He has tried more than twenty cases to verdict or court judgment including claims of wrongful death, civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for unreasonable force, false arrest, TASER deployments, unlawful search and seizure, First Amendment retaliation, assault, negligence, breach of contract, and CUTPA.
In 2014, Mr. Tallberg was appointed by the Rocky Hill Town Council to the town's Charter Revision Commission, of which he was elected chair in 2015. Mr. Tallberg has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Federal Practice Section since 2010. In 2015, he was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut to serve on the Local Civil Rules Advisory Committee. Mr. Tallberg is a past recipient of the Connecticut Law Tribune "New Leaders of the Law" Award. From 2004 until 2016, he served as an appointee of the Governor on the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council ("POST").
Mr. Tallberg is a member of the Federal Bar Council, Connecticut Bar Association, Hartford County Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, and Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick D. Allen is a partner and graduate of Middlebury College. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he was a Dean's Scholar and earned Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards for Advanced Legal Writing and Medical Malpractice. While in law school, he interned with the Connecticut State's Attorneys' Offices in both Meriden and New Haven. Mr. Allen was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2007, and is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Allen is active in all areas of the firm's practice, focusing on municipal defense and civil rights litigation. He has tried cases to verdict before juries in state and federal court, including claims of civil rights violations under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for excessive force, TASER deployments, unlawful search and seizure, assault, negligence, breach of contract and First Amendment retaliation. In 2015, Mr. Allen participated in a five week jury trial in New Haven Superior Court that resulted in a defendant's verdict. Mr. Allen has been appointed and serves as a Citation Hearing Officer for the Town of Rocky Hill. email@example.com
Dennis M. Durao is a partner and graduate of Wheaton College. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he earned numerous academic awards and served as the Articles Editor for the Health Law Journal. His article, An Endangered Species: Professional Sports Team Physicians, was published in that journal. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2012, and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and Eastern District of New York, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Durao focuses his practice primarily on public entity defense, including employment practices litigation. He represents police officers in civil rights matters, defends elected and appointed public officials against a broad spectrum of civil claims, and municipal employers against claims arising from the employer-employee relationship. He has tried cases to verdict in state and federal court, including a declaratory judgment action, civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for unreasonable force, false arrest and malicious prosecution, and state law claims for assault, battery and negligence. He has also successfully briefed and argued various appeals in federal court.
Mr. Durao is a member the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. He also serves as the General Counsel/Risk Manager for West Hartford Girls Soccer League, Inc., and, in 2018, he was named one of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s New Leaders in the Law. firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew J. Glass is an associate and graduate of Elon University. He received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. While in law school, he interned for the Commission on Human Right and Opportunities and worked as a law clerk for Karsten and Tallberg, LLC. In addition, Mr. Glass was Symposium Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law and worked with the Law School Mediation Clinic. Mr. Glass was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2015, and is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented municipal officials against all types of civil claims, including law enforcement liability, civil rights litigation, employment practices liability, and general, premises and automobile liability. email@example.com
Scott M. Karsten is retired from the firm. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he was third in his class and graduated with honors. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1982, the Pennsylvania Bar in 2002, and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Districts of Connecticut, Vermont and New York (Eastern and Southern), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Karsten is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and an emeritus of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court. Prior to practicing law, he was a police officer and president of the police union in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. Karsten's practice focused upon jury trials of complex civil actions in both state and federal courts; he has tried over seventy cases to verdict or court judgment. He also has engaged in extensive appellate work at both the state and federal levels. In addition to handling a variety of other tort defense cases, Mr. Karsten concentrated on the defense of civil rights actions against state and municipal government employees and officials, education agencies and employees, public and private sector employment matters, and professional liability claims, including legal and architectural malpractice. Mr. Karsten also frequently engaged as a speaker at continuing legal education seminars for the various bar associations of which he is a member, and other groups. Since 2009 Mr. Karsten has been selected by his peers as a New England and Connecticut "Super Lawyer," as published in Connecticut Magazine's "Super Lawyers" Section. firstname.lastname@example.org