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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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 22%
    36 years
  2. Family: 22%
    36 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    36 years
  4. Estate Planning: 11%
    28 years
  5. Other: 25%
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  • Carmina Kathy Tessitore

    Excellent attorney, a pleasure to work with, and an asset to the legal community.


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  • Salvatore Bonanno

    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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8 North St
Milford, CT, 064603404

8 North Street
Milford, CT, 064603404



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Century Club, Chairman of Fund DriveYMCA1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawJoseph B. Barnes1980 - Present
AldermanCity of Milford1993 - 1997
ChairmanMilford Planning & Zoning 1990-19931989 - 1993
ChairmanMilford Board of Health 1982-19831981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Milford RotaryFormer President1982 - Present
Milford Bar AssociationN/A1980 - Present
New Haven County Bar AssociationN/A1980 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationN/A1979 - Present
Milford ElksN/A1987 - 2012
American Bar AssociationN/A1980 - 1987
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaN/A1980 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
I-95 Toll CrashMIllion dollar settlement (gross)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Milford Living Magazine Vol 9 Issue 1 Spring 2012 page 50Milford and the Civil War2012
Milford Living Magazine vol 8 Issue 3 Fall 2011 p48The Ride of Milford's Paul(a) Revere2011
Milford Living Magazine Vol 7 Issue 1 Spring 2010 Page 46Milford and the Indians2010
Milford Living Magazine Vol 6 issue 3 Fall 2009 p 38The Big Wind, Hurricane of 19382009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Cum Laude1979
Holy Cross CollegeHistory-Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Asset ProtectionIncorporation and limited partnerships2010