Kara M. Crismale, Esq.

Kara M. Crismale joined
The Berhstein Law Center in January 2023. She  worked atFaulkner & Graves, P.C. sincein 2002 andbecame a partner in2012.  

Karais a dedicated (some would say "fierce") advocate for her clients. One example  is winning a jury verdict in excess of $350,000.00 against a local car dealership  whose negligence caused the wheel of a truck they serviced to fall off while driving  down the highway. In that case, the insurance company refused to offer more than  $50,000.00 for our client’s resulting shoulder injury. She also successfully pursued a  negligence case against a residential group home after several neighboring homes  were subjected to an attempted home invasion by anunstable resident of the group  home - Crismale secured a collective settlement of $1,325,000.00 for the five traumatizedSalem residents.She also secured a mediation settlement of $3,800,000.00 for  the death of a young woman in a tragic car accident.  

Crismale has handled successfully through trials, mediations and arbitrations  matters involving nursing home negligence, motor vehicle accidents, trucking,  motorcycle and ATV accidents, drownings, premises liability accidents and dog bite  incident cases.  

Connecticut Magazinepublicized her as a "Rising Star" from 2010 to 2015 based on her  ranking bySuper Lawyers, a respected rating service. In 2012, Crismale also achieved the  distinction of becoming board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate for the National Board of  Trial Advocacy. This honor is reserved for lawyers who demonstrate an enhanced level  of skill and expertise in their field and prove it through rigorous examination of  witnesses at trial, and testing their experience and knowledge by the NBTA. 

Crismale's accomplishments led to herto the2020 inclusion in the esteemed  publicationThe Best Lawyers in Americaand her designation each year since 2018 as a  Connecticut Super Lawyer bySuper Lawyers.Sheis a member of the Connecticut Trial  Lawyers Association (CTLA)and served as Chairwoman of the CTLA Women’s  Caucus. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. 

Crismale graduated from Colgate University in 1997, and obtained her law degree from  Quinnipiac University in May of 2002. A native of Guilford, she was a standout  basketball player at Guilford High School and again at Colgate University.She has been  inducted into the Guilford High School Sports Hall of Fame (2009), the New Haven  County Tap-Off High School Sports Hall of Fame(2012), and the Connecticut Women's  Basketball Hall of Fame (2016). Attorney Crismale lives in Northford.