Tisdale named to Board of the Public Justice Foundation

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By Bridgeport News on August 3, 2015

An attorney from the Bridgeport-based law firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder has been named to the board of directors of the Public Justice Foundation.

Preston C. Tisdale, of Trumbull, will join the board of a national organization that spearheads litigation and education efforts to aid and protect the public by increasing access to justice and combatting threats to the justice system.

"Preston has a long history of public advocacy," said Esther Berezofsky, President of Public Justice and a practicing attorney based in Cherry Hill, N.J. "Time and again he has demonstrated his concern for the community through his many volunteer efforts. He has already been an important contributor to the success of our organization and we are grateful that he will now assume a leadership role."

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Public Justice is involved in civil rights cases, anti-bullying campaigns, food safety, health, and the environment, and consumers' and workers' rights.

Preston C Tisdale
Preston C. Tisdale

"Public Justice is America's 'public interest law firm.' I am honored to assist its efforts to serve the public and inspire other attorneys," Tisdale said. "That's exactly what Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder has been doing for over 75 years, so I am hopeful that my experience here will serve me well as a new board member."

Tisdale received his Juris Doctorate at the New York University School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1980. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, where he majored in public policy. As of July 1, 2015, he began his tenure as the President of the Brown Alumni Association and as a member of the Corporation of Brown University's Board of Trustees. In 2011, he received Brown University's first Joseph M Fernandez '85 Award for bringing diverse alumni together to make a positive contribution to the University community.

He has served as a member of the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity since its inception and previously served on the Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice's Criminal Justice Committee and the Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Committee.

Among numerous awards and honors, Tisdale received the Distinguished Service Award from the NAACP; the Award of Excellence and the Community Service Award, both from Action for Bridgeport Community Development; and the Outstanding Community Service Award from Save Our Babies.

Tisdale was awarded the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership's highest honor, the Goodspeed/Pfriem Award, in recognition of his volunteerism and efforts to improve the quality of life in the Greater Bridgeport region.

Long active in a wide range of additional community affairs, Tisdale was Corporate Secretary of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Board of Trustees, on the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Inc., and a Charter Oak Challenge Foundation Scholarship Mentor. Previously, he was on the board of the Center for Children's Advocacy. He is a past Chair of Connecticut's largest YMCA, the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA and a Past President of the Ralphola Taylor Community Center - YMCA. He also is on the board of Family ReEntry and LifeBridge (formerly FSW), both based in Bridgeport.

"We are delighted that Preston has been nominated to the leadership of this important organization," said Atty. James Horwitz of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder. "Preston has long been dedicated to serving the community and I can think of no one better to do so on a national level."

In recognition of his contributions to the community, The City of Bridgeport proclaimed November 7, 1996, as Preston Tisdale Day.

Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder has offices in Bridgeport, Danbury, and New Haven. The nationally known law firm has achieved record verdicts for people who suffer serious personal injuries or economic harm from medical malpractice, violation of their civil or constitutional rights, dangerous products, negligence, drunk drivers, corporate or governmental abuse and commercial misconduct. www.koskoff.com.