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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 Southern and Eastern Districts 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.
Mr. Tallberg is a former Chairman of the Rocky Hill Charter Revision Commission and serves as a Hearing Officer by appointment of the Rocky Hill Town Manager. He 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"). In January 2020, Mr. Tallberg was appointed by the Enfield Town Council to serve as Enfield Town Attorney.
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. He has also briefed and argued multiple appeals concerning various constitutional claims in federal court. 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
Kimberly A. Bosse is an associate and previously worked as a summer law clerk for the firm.
Before joining Karsten & Tallberg, LLC, Ms. Bosse worked for the Connecticut Appellate Court in Hartford, Connecticut as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Thomas Bishop, the Honorable Justice Lubbie Harper, Jr., and the Honorable Judge Stuart Bear.
Ms. Bosse received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she worked as a Note and Comment Editor for the Connecticut Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Board. She is the recipient of the ABA Section of Urban, State, and Local Government Award, along with four CALI Excellence Awards for academic performance.
Ms. Bosse was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 2019. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Bosse received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Hofstra University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott M. Karsten (1951 – 2021) was 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 was 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 was 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 tried over seventy cases to verdict or court judgment. He also 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 was a member, and other groups. From 2009 until his retirement, Mr. Karsten had been selected by his peers as a New England and Connecticut "Super Lawyer," as published in Connecticut Magazine's "Super Lawyers" Section.
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Ana Oliveira is the Firm’s Administrator and Senior Paralegal. She is a graduate of Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree in 2001. She is responsible for the Firm’s day-to-day administrative operations, including management of the Firm’s information systems, accounting functions, and records management.
She also provides legal support, including preparation and review of state, federal, and administrative e-filings, discovery, and trial materials, on all of the Firm’s litigation matters.
Katherine R. Bertrand is a paralegal and graduate of the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY at Albany), where she completed a B.A. in English, summa cum laude. During her time there, she was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Community Service Organization and worked as a writing tutor for the campus Writing Center.
Following her graduation, she earned a paralegal certificate from Manchester Community College through their ABA Certified Program. While working on her certificate, Ms. Bertrand interned with Karsten & Tallberg as a legal secretary. email@example.com