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Tamar Rebecca Birckhead

Tamar Rebecca Birckhead

Parrett Porto Parese & Colwell, P.C.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina
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EFFECTIVE, EXPERIENCED, EASY TO WORK WITH: For over twenty-five years, Tamar R. Birckhead has represented individuals charged with criminal offenses in the state and federal court systems at the trial and appellate levels.  While she currently practices in Connecticut, Tamar is also licensed in Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina. Tamar has defended clients in a wide variety of criminal cases—from felonies in state court to alleged acts of terrorism in federal court.  Among her clients was Richard Reid, the attempted “Shoe Bomber” prosecuted in the First Circuit under the U.S.A. Patriot Act. 

A cum laude graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Tamar taught for twelve years as a tenured law professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.  She has also taught at Duke Law School and most recently at Yale Law School. Tamar is the author of more than a dozen law review articles on topics related to criminal defense as well as an editor and contributor to several juvenile justice-related books.

Tamar prides herself on the close, collaborative working relationships she has with her clients.  She is always available for consultation, frequently speaking or texting with clients on nights and weekends.  Tamar understands that facing criminal charges can be a frightening experience, and she views herself as a counselor at law as well as a legal practitioner.  

Tamar is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the New Haven County Bar Association, the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  She regularly volunteers in the Connecticut Bar Association's Ask-a-Lawyer Program and serves as a judge for Project Youth Court in New Haven. 

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
    Juvenile Law
    Social Security Disability
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New York
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North Carolina
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Professional Experience
Associate Attorney
Parrett Porto Parese & Colwell, P.C.
- Current
Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Federal Defender Office
Public Defender
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Harvard Law School
J.D. (1992)
Honors: cum laude
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Yale University
B.A. (1987)
Honors: cum laude
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Connecticut  # 437965
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New York State Bar  # 2957819
- Current
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Tamar Birckhead at Parrett Porto Parese & Colwell
Contact & Map
Main Office
2319 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Telephone: (203) 281-2700
Cell: (919) 448-6617
Branch Office
18 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Telephone: (203) 453-1007
Cell: (919) 448-6617