Tara Knight

New Haven, Connecticut
Experience: 27 years
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About Tara Knight

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.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury


  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards AcceptedVisa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Contingent FeesFor personal Injury cases....

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • ConnecticutSince 1990

Professional Experience

  • Legal Analyst MSNBC Current
  • Legal Analyst WTNH 2016 - 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 2013 - Current Trial practice instructor Yale Law School
  • Adjunct Professor University of Connecticut Law School 2010 - Current co-taught Criminal Procedure during Fall semester 2010
  • Board Director National Board of Trial Advocacy 2010 - 2015 Sat on Board of Directors for the NBTA- the national organization that certifies lawyers in various specialties
  • Legal Analyst CNN 2013
  • Legal Analyst CourtTV 1997 - 2008
  • Adjunct Professor Quinnipiac College 1999 - 2001 Taught Criminal Law


  • Suffolk University Law School LL.M. (1990) 1987 - 1990
  • Fairfield University B.S. (1984) | English 1983 - 1987


  • in criminal law for the State of Connecticut Best Lawyers in America 2017 yearly since 2003
  • Super Lawyer-Criminal Law Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers 2017 yearly since 2006
  • Top 25 Woman Lawyers in Connecticut Connecticut Magazine Super Lawyers 2016 2007, 2011, 2012 & 2016
  • Best Lawyers in New York Area New York Magazine 2016 yearly since 2006
  • Top 50 Lawyers in New England New England Magazine 2012 2009 ,2011 & 2012
  • Legal "100" List Irish Voice Newspaper and Irish American Magazine 2009 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 2006

Professional Association

  • United States Supreme Court #1089925 bar member Current
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals #1089926 bar member Current
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers #1089927 Fellow 2015 - Current
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation #1089928 inducted member 2007 - Current
  • FAMM (Families Against Minimum Mandatories) #1089929 member 1999 - Current
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers #1089930 member 1998 - Current
  • NORML #1089931 member of legal committee 1998 - Current
  • Criminal Law Section-Connecticut Bar Association #1089932 Executive Committee Member 1995 - Current
  • Connecticut State Bar #1089933 Member 1991 - Current
  • New Haven County Bar Association #1089934 member 1991 - Current
  • Ansonia/Milford Judicial District Grievance Panel #1089935 member 2006 - 2012
  • Independent Review Board #1089936 member 2007 - 2008

Articles & Publications

  • Reigning in the Mavericks Connecticut Law Tribune January, 2013
  • Criminal Justice Model a Costly Mistake Connecticut Law Tribune March, 2010
  • How Many Fingers Do you See? Connecticut Law Tribune November, 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Cheshire Murders New York City March 18, 2011 The Today Show
  • Casey Anthony Trial New York City March 4, 2011 The Today Show
  • The Practice of Criminal Law West Haven High School April 9, 2015 West Haven High School
  • The Role of a Trial Attorney Quinnipiac School of Law July 12, 2016 New Haven County Bar Association


2 Lincoln Street
New Haven
New Haven, CT 06510 USA

Telephone: (203) 624-6115
Fax: (203) 624-4791

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