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Joseph Anthony Sclafani joined the Brunini Firm in January 2003 after working two and a half years in the securities litigation section at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto, California office. He is a member of one of the Firm's litigation departments and currently concentrates his practice in the areas of general civil litigation and appellate practice. Joseph has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Appellate Law and received a Peer Review rating of AV 5 from Martindale Hubbell. Joseph has been recognized by Benchmark: Appellate, The Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, as a leading Appellate attorney in the Fifth Circuit and a "preeminent Appellate Practitioner in the country." He also has been named a Mid-South Rising Star in Civil Litigation Defense and was selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s Top 40 business leaders under the age of 40.

Joseph received his J.D. summa cum laude from Mississippi College School of Law where he served as the Articles Editor of the Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Board and was named a Hearin-Hess Scholar. While in law school, Joseph earned American Jurisprudence Awards for best paper in seven classes. After graduation, Joseph served as a law clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    1 year
  2. Appeals: 50%
    1 year

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Beth Kristin Rautiola

    I have had the pleasure to know Mr. Sclafani and work with him on a few matters. He always has sage advice and understands the law in more dimensions than most attorneys knew were possible. He has been an excellent resource throughout my career and I hope to have the opportunity to work with him again in the future.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Brunini Grantham et al

P O Drawer 119
Jackson, MS, 39205


MSAuthorized to practice law199901/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2013
Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate LawAmerican Lawyer Corporate Counsel2013
Top 40 Under 40Mississippi Business Journal2009
Leading Appellate PractitionerBenchmark LitigationN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberBrunini Grantham Grower & Hewes2003 - Present
AssociateWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati2000 - 2002
Law ClerkUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Mississippi BarMemberN/A
Fifth Circuit Bar AssociationMemberN/A
California Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Charles Clark American Inn of CourtMemberN/A
Federalist SocietyMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
US ex rel. Hartwig, 2014 WL 1324339 (S.D. Miss. 2014)Dismissed on 12(b)(6)
Nutt v. Wyatt, 107 So.3d 989 (Miss. 2013)Reversed and Arbitration Compelled
Mathis v. ERA, 25 So.3d 298 (Miss. 2009)Reversed and Rendered
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Publication nameTitleDate
19 Miss. C.L. Rev. 251"Stacking the Deck Against the Insurance Industry1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mississippi College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Mississippi CollegeN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mississippi College School of LawExpert Witness Examination2015
Mississippi College School of LawE-Discovery2013