Kara M. Crismale, Partner
Kara M. Crismale joined Faulkner & Graves in 2002 and elevated to partner in 2012. Crismale specifically chose to begin her career as an attorney in the area of personal injury because of her strong desire to help accident victims obtain fair and just results.
She is 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, but Crismale's belief in the case and her trial skills triumphed. She also successfully pursued a negligence case against a residential group home after several neighboring homes were subjected to an attempted home invasion by a violent and unstable resident of the group home - Crismale secured a collective settlement of $1,325,000.00 for the five Salem residents traumatized during this incident.
Crismale has handled successfully through trials, mediations and arbitrations matters involving nursing home negligence, motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle and ATV accidents, drownings, premises liability accidents and dog bite incident cases.
Connecticut Magazine publicized her as a "Rising Star" from 2010 to 2015 based on her ranking by Super Lawyers, a respected rating service. Notably, that distinction is only awarded to lawyers falling within the top 2.5% of "up-and-coming" attorneys in our State. 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.
More recently, Crismale's accomplishments led to her 2020 inclusion in the esteemed publication The Best Lawyers in America and her designation each year since 2018 as a Connecticut Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers. She holds an elected position on the Board of Governors the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA), an organization dedicated to the rights of injured persons within the civil justice system, and also served as Chairwoman of the CTLA Women’s Caucus. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and the American Association of Justice.
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. As a result of her athletic achievements, 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 currently lives in Northford.