Joseph B. Burns

Vcard:JosephLocation:Hartford, ConnecticutPhone:860-493-3410

Joseph B. Burns was named Managing Principal in 2012, having spent the previous 25 years as an associate and then principal of the firm. Mr. Burns has a long and varied career as a litigator in state and federal courts and for the past twenty years has concentrated in civil and commercial litigation and appeals, personal injury litigation, intellectual property litigation and investigations.

Honors and Awards:

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation and Trial Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations
  • Civil
  • Commercial
  • Native American Law
  • Personal Injury Practice Group

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • Mohegan Gaming Disputes Court, 1997
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2000


  • Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D - 1985
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
  • Boston University , Boston, Massachusetts
    • B.A - 1982

Published Works

  • A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Connecticut?, Chapter on Physical and Mental Examinations and Protected Health Information (MCLE, 2011)

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • United Technologies Corporation
  • Otis Elevator Company
  • B.J. Alan Company
  • Kleen Energy Systems
  • AIG
  • ACE Group
  • XL Insurance
  • Allied World Assurance Company


  • Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute, Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 2001 - 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Britain Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 1985 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Fellow, 1986 - Present
  • Connecticut Superior Court, Special Master and Fact Finder/Arbitrator, 1996 - Present
  • Connecticut Superior Court, Attorney Trial Referee, 1999 - Present
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch, Commission on Civil Court Alternative Dispute Resolution, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellow


  • Phi Delta Phi