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Joseph B Barnes III

Family Attorney at Milford, CT

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Connecticut - CT 43 years
    Florida - FL 44 years
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1979
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    DUI-DWI: Motor vehicle offenses, especially DUI, can have a devastating effect on your lifestyle and may result in more jail time than for many other types of crimes.

    44 years

  2. Family
    Divorce and divorce mediation, Child custody matters

    44 years

  3. Personal injury
    Experienced in Motor vehicle and fall down cases. I have connections with dome of the best specialist law firms for medical malpractice, air plane and boat crashes. Personal service from me and the best lawyers anywhere for no additional costs.

    44 years

  4. Business
    Don't just set up an LLC and pay personal taxes, Get important tax breaks when you set up your businesss.

    41 years

  5. Estate planning
    Protect and maintain control of your assets during your lifetime and afterwards.

    36 years

  6. Real estate
    Rela estate sales, landlord-tenant, zoning

    44 years

  7. Bankruptcy and debt
    Potentially same your home and get debt relief at a fair price.

    41 years

  8. Child custody

  9. Divorce and separation

My relationship with the City of Milford goes back to the founding of the Town in 1639. A direct descendant of at least 15 founding families and four of the late comers (1640s), Milford's Martyr Steven Stow, a Connecticut Governor (Treat) and second pastor of the First Church (Newton) while my Barnes lineage (from Vermont and Massachussetss until 1880) includes three passengers on the Mayflower (1620). Three Irish wives out of the last four generations reshaped my otherwise pristine Yankee English heritage (I am thus 11/16 Irish).

I am dedicated to service to the community through my profession, public service, church, charitable and social work. I am available 24 hours a day with flexible schedules, fees, and services.

I am a graduate of Milford High School, College of he Holy Cross and University of Miami Schoool of Law (cum laude) and have been practicing law in Milford since 1980

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Joseph B Barnes III
8 North St
Milford, CT, 064603404

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Posted by Jeffrey Mehrer | May 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joe Barnes - Smart, Insightful, Informative
Joe was a tremendous resource during my divorce. He listened intently during our initial consultation, and ultimately understood how to work WITH me. Throughout the process he was interested in how I wanted to handle and approach each step. He didn't hesitate to recommend alternate approaches to reach my end goals, but never overstepped. He understood that I was the one who had to live with the result. Joe's legal knowledge and guidance was always spot on. He helped me fully understand the difference between my "wants" and what the law would allow. No Surprises. That was critical to managing my expectations, and helped me to better prepare for the next stage of my life. Joe was GREAT at helping me manage the financial side of the process. He explained his costs and the billing process. No unnecessary phone calls, no unnecessary meetings. We spoke when we needed to, period. In the end, costs for the process were about 1/3 of my ex-wife's. Not because his rates were cheaper, but because he and I managed the process better. I would recommend Joe to anyone who, God forbid, needs to go through this process.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2013
Sensitive to a mothers concern and very helpful
Barnes was always available with positive feedback and helpfull with my questions and concerns. Always on time for court/ and misc. meetings and available to review neccessary information one on one in person. Knowledgeable on all aspects of the case. Thouroghly read and reviewed my emails with questions or information I may have had. Always available through phone and returned phone calls in a timely mannor.
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Posted by Grace | November 12, 2013
a very trustable lawyer---Highly Recommended
Attorney Barnes worked for me on a quite complicated and contested divorced case. I contacted Attorney Barnes when I was in a desperate situation from my divorce case. From the start , I felt that Attorney Barnes was there to look out for the best interests for me and my child. He cared about my particular needs and keep working on those frustrating issues. His help definitely changed the life for me and my child. Attorney Barnes is very knowledge of different fields of laws and I have benefited tremendously from his generously sharing. I strongly recommend this lawyer.
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Posted by Rachael | November 11, 2013
Trustworthy, Reliable, and Fantastic. Highly recommended!
Joe was an incredible help to my husband and I for the closing of our house. We ran into all sorts of issues, as one does with real estate, and he helped us out no matter what the problem was. He truly went above and beyond to make sure that everything was taken care of and that we would be able to close on time. To make matters all the more complicated, we ended up closing on the 5th of July - so the holiday only made it all the more chaotic. Joe handled it with such ease and got things handled flawlessly. He always answered our phone calls and quickly handled any e-mails. He is incredibly reliable and honest, so you always know where you stand. I highly recommend him no matter what you need.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Joseph B. Barnes
  • 1980 - Present
  • Alderman
  • City of Milford
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Chairman
  • Milford Planning & Zoning 1990-1993
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Chairman
  • Milford Board of Health 1982-1983
  • 1981 - 1983
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  • U. of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Cum Laude
  • 1979
  • Holy Cross College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • I-95 Toll Crash
  • MIllion dollar settlement (gross)


  • Milford Rotary
  • Former President
  • 1982 - Present
  • Milford Bar Association
  • 1980 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • 1980 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 1979 - Present
  • Milford Elks
  • 1987 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • 1980 - 1987
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 1980 - 1987
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Century Club, Chairman of Fund Drive
  • YMCA
  • 1990


  • Milford Living Magazine Vol 9 Issue 1 Spring 2012 page 50
  • Milford and the Civil War
  • 2012
  • Milford Living Magazine vol 8 Issue 3 Fall 2011 p48
  • The Ride of Milford's Paul(a) Revere
  • 2011
  • Milford Living Magazine Vol 7 Issue 1 Spring 2010 Page 46
  • Milford and the Indians
  • 2010
  • Milford Living Magazine Vol 6 issue 3 Fall 2009 p 38
  • The Big Wind, Hurricane of 1938
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Asset Protection
  • Incorporation and limited partnerships
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Joseph
Family Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent attorney, a pleasure to work with, and an asset to the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Barnes is a well respected attorney. He is to be commended for dedicating himself to helping others by taking his valuable time to assist those who may not be in a position to help themselves by providing sound counsel on public forums such as AVVO. His dedication to the profession of law is apparent as is his compassion for those in need of legal services. His responses are clear, very helpful and quite on point. Bravo!!"
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