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Joel A Defelice

Litigation Attorney at Vernon, CT

3.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joel

Learn Joel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce and Custody Child Support Alimony Contempt Issues

  2. Litigation
    Civil Litigation Probate Litigation Business Disputes Personal Injury

  3. Business
    Commercial & Residential Real Estate Administrative Law Appeals Business Issues & Formation, Sale & Acquisition Contracts Foreclosure & Collections Advises business clients relating to business acquisition and sales; telecommunication leases; commercial and residential leases; employment and discrimination matters; product distribution agreements.

  4. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense (misdemeanor and felony) in Connecticut

  5. Estate planning
    Wills & Trusts Powers of Attorney Living Wills / Healthcare Directives

  6. Real estate
    Commercial and Residential Real Estate

Joel A. DeFelice was born in Leominster, Massachusetts and now resides in Ellington, Connecticut. He received a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from The American University, School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., where Joel was a Dean's Scholarship Recipient from 1994 - 1998. Joel received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2006.

Joel is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Tolland County Bar Association. He was President of the Tolland County Bar Association for the 2014-2015 term.

Attorney DeFelice's practice concentrates on civil litigation including business disputes, divorce, custody, and personal injury, criminal law, estate planning, as well as residential and commercial real estate.


Joel serves as a Special Divorce Master for the Rockville (Tolland County) Marriage Dissolution Court. He has advised business clients relating to business acquisition and sales, telecommunication leases, commercial and residential leases, employment and discrimination matters, and product distribution agreements.

In June, 2014, Attorney Joel A. DeFelice was selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, in Connecticut. This membership is by invitation only, and is extended to attorneys who meet qualifications and practice in the areas of criminal defense, and/or civil plaintiff litigation.

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Marder, Roberson & DeFelice Law Offices, LLC
76 South Frontage Road
Vernon, CT, 06066


3.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Bela | April 12, 2014
Excellent, trustworthy, knowledgeable lawyer and staff, definitely recommend them.
Excellent, trustworthy, knowledgeable lawyer and staff, definitely recommend them. During the services I had a totally positive experience and that is why I want to recommend them.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2010
Very Satisfied Client
Excellent personable lawyer. Kept us up-to-date and well informed. His fee for services rendered very reasonable and would make himself available after "normal" business hours..
Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In my case he behaved unprofessional
In the interviewing/recruiting meeting we had he was attentive and tried to provide value to his potential customer. After being hired in spite of the fact that i made my time limitations and goals clear he started his first meeting by working on his computer while I was trying to get him acknowledged with my case. He did not seem to type on his keyboard what I was saying since he keep on typing more than a minute after I stopped speaking in an attempt to get his attention. After making my goals clear to him he completely disregarded them and derail our meeting by diverging on issues that were secondary or unimportant to me. After that meeting I gave him more than month to act on what I contracted him to do. When I emailed him, called and tried to get an in person meeting with him I was ignored for about 2 weeks. After that I replaced his service and ended up getting much more value form a significantly cheaper lawyer. Basically I got no benefits that are significant to me from Defelice for the thousands of dollars I payed him. He might be better in court than off-court but luckily i did not ended up having that experience with him.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Marder, Roberson & DeFelice Law Offices, LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Marder & DeFelice Law Offices, LLC
  • 2007 - 2014


  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • American University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1999
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tolland County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Tolland County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Tolland County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Tolland County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top 40 under 40 (Connecticut)
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Business Network International - Enfield, CT
  • Alimony in Connecticut
  • 2018

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Vernon Litigation Lawyer Joel A Defelice
Joel A Defelice
Litigation Attorney
Vernon, CT
Licensed for 16 years
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