Preston Tisdale

Preston Tisdale

Location:
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Phone:
203-583-8634
877-645-2313
Fax:
203-368-3244
Email:

Nearly forty years ago, Preston began his legal career at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder. He later left to pursue other legal and civic ventures. Preston's legal accomplishments and his devotion to community service made him a welcome addition back to Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder in 2010.

Prior to returning to Koskoff, Preston served as the Director of Special Public Defenders for the State of Connecticut, Office of Chief Public Defender. Preston held this position since its inception and administered and managed all Special Public Defender operations and functions within the Division of Public Defender Services. Before this appointment, Preston headed the Fairfield Judicial District Public Defender's Office. As a member of the Division of Public Defender Services, he also held positions at GA 2 - Bridgeport and at GA 6 - New Haven. During his 28 years with the Division, he handled thousands of cases and amassed an extensive trial resume.

Preston is a member of the Public Justice Foundation Board of Directors.  He serves on the Connecticut Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System. He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers' Association (CTLA) Board of Governors and he has served as a faculty member of both the National Defender Training Project and the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Continuing Legal Education Program. He has also served on the Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justice's Criminal Justice Committee, on the Connecticut Hate Crimes Advisory Committee and as a past Treasurer of the CBA. He currently serves on the CBA Professionalism and CLE and the CBA Professional Discipline Committees.

In other civic capacities, Preston serves on Fairfield County's Community Foundation Board of Directors, as the Chairperson of the Regional Youth/Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP), on the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Inc. Board of Directors, the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC) and he is the Vice-Chairman and past Chairman of the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. He also serves on the Center for Children's Advocacy and the Family ReEntry Advisory Boards.  Numerous local and national awards have recognized Preston's commitment to his community and to society, including a Distinguished Service Award from the NAACP.

Preston graduated from Brown University and the New York University School of Law. He is the Immediate Past President of the Brown Alumni Association and a Trustee of the Brown University Corporation.  He has served, as a member of the Brown University - President's Leadership Council. and on the President's Advisory Councils on Admission and Diversity. He is the Past-President of the Inman Page Black Alumni Council of Brown University, and he has served on the University's Association of Class Leaders Board of Advisors and on its Fairfield County Board of Directors.  In 2011, Preston received the first Joseph M. Fernandez '85 Award at Brown University.

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1995

Education

  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
  • Brown University
    • Honors: Received the First Joseph M. Fernandez '85 Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Special Public Defenders for the State of Connecticut, Office of Chief Public Defender, Director
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law , Member
  • CBA, Past Treasurer
  • CBA Professionalism
  • CLE Committee
  • Regional Youth/Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP), Chairperson
  • Greater Bridgeport Symphony Board of Trustees, Corporate Secretary
  • Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Inc., Board of Directors
  • Family ReEntry Board of Directors
  • Westport Country Playhouse, Board of Trustees
  • Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition (BCAC) , Board of Directors
  • FSW (formerly Family Services Woodfield) , Board of Directors
  • Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, Vice-Chairman and Past Chairman
  • Center for Children's Advocacy Advisory Board
  • Brown University President's Leadership Council
  • Inman Page Black Alumni Council of Brown University, Past-President

Pro Bono Activities

  • Brown Club of Fairfield County Board of Directors