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Joseph Maya

Divorce and separation Attorney at Westport, CT

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Maya Murphy, P.C.,

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  • State Years
    Connecticut - CT 28 years
    New York - NY 33 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
    Currently Registered 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. Divorce and separation
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. Our firm handles high net worth divorce, custody and visitation disputes throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut. Many of our clients are located in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Southport and Fairfield. If you have any questions regarding divorce, visitation, custody, alimony or support, we can assist you. Contact Joseph Maya: JMaya@Mayalaw, or (203) 221-3100.

    36 years, 501 cases

  2. Personal injury
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. We handle car accidents, premises liability, slip and fall cases. and all cases involving personal injuries. Our clients are located in Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Wilton, Weston, Southport and Fairfield, Connecticut.

    36 years, 100 cases

  3. Estate planning
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. "Estate" is the legal term used to define your property and money—basically, everything that belongs to you. Estate planning attorneys tell you strategies to transfer your belongings after you die. By planning your estate, you can maximize its value by minimizing taxes. Estate planning attorneys help you control and protect your estate during your lifetime, by writing documents that allow you to transfer property and money to children

    32 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Alimony
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. When an ex-spouse makes payments to a former spouse the payments are called alimony. Alimony payments are intended to preserve the lifestyle the former spouse enjoyed before the divorce. Unlike child support, which is a required payment to fund a child's necessities, no one is guaranteed alimony. If a couple can't agree, a judge decides whether to award alimony. Our firm offers free consultations regarding alimony and support payments.

    32 years, 500 cases

  5. Business
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. If you want to start, manage, transfer, or exit a business, you may benefit from a business attorney's services. Business attorneys have experience with many different industries and professional fields. If you are considering bankruptcy relief for your business, a business lawyer will also have the knowledge necessary to help you navigate your options for your business debt. Depending on your business and activities, you may need one or more types of business attorneys.

    36 years, 100 cases

  6. Car accident
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. If you are involved in a car accident, you may benefit from the services of a car accident lawyer, one who knows the dynamics of car crashes and can identify and weigh all the possible factors which may have played a part. A car accident lawyer discovers who is responsible, whether insurance policies will pay for your losses, and what you can expect to recover in damages if the accident was someone else's fault.

    36 years, 250 cases

  7. Child custody
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. Part of the divorce agreement involves where and with whom children will live. A child custody lawyer helps you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share decision making.

    36 years, 1,000 cases

  8. Child support
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. The parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. Child support pays for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. A child support lawyer can help parents negotiate and calculate child support. If you believe you are not the father of a child and want to contest a child support claim, a child support lawyer can also help you determine paternity.

    36 years, 1,000 cases

  9. Contracts and agreements
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. Contract lawyers have experience writing contracts and agreements; they know the formats and legal terms to protect your rights. If you need to sue someone, draw up a legal agreement, wondering if you can get out of a contract, or if you believe someone has not lived up to the terms of a contract, you should consult a contract lawyer.

    36 years, 1,000 cases

  10. Corporate and incorporation
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. A corporation is a formal way to organize your business to gain rights and privileges, and to limit your personal liability. There may be tax and financial advantages to incorporation. There are many legal consequences to incorporation, so it's a good idea to consult an attorney specializing in corporate law.

    32 years, 150 cases

  11. Criminal defense
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of a criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows what information the government will need to prove your guilt. The defense attorney will also know what information you need to prove your innocence, including whether there are any legal rules justifying your actions.

    32 years, 750 cases

  12. DUI and DWI
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. If you are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be arrested for DUI (driving under the influence). A DUI conviction has serious consequences (for example, losing your driving privileges). An experienced DUI attorney can often get the charges dropped or reduced, or may be able to negotiate lesser penalties depending on your circumstances and your past history.

    32 years, 750 cases

  13. Education
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. Education laws cover matters like special education, IEP, 504, PPT, student attendance, discipline, and dress code requirements. Education lawyers represent parents who have issues with their children's education. For example, if you think your child has been improperly suspended or expelled from school.

    36 years, 100 cases

  14. Elder law
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. Elder law attorneys deal with issues related to elderly and disabled people;. they write wills, answer tax questions, plan strategies for obtaining disability, Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare payments. Their services are useful for health and long-term care planning, as well as end-of-life planning decisions and instances of elder abuse. Elder law attorneys know what resources may be available for your elderly relatives or anyone else you know with special needs.

    36 years, 150 cases

  15. Employment and labor
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. Employment attorneys focus on the many laws concerning the relationship between employers and employees., including sexual harassment and discrimination. If you feel your employer has treated you wrongly as an employee, or if you're an employer who needs to terminate an unsatisfactory employee, you may benefit from the services of an employment attorney. Employment attorneys also handle Employment contracts, non-competes, non-solicits, and severance negotiations.

    32 years, 1,500 cases

  16. Expungement
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. An expungement proceeding is a type of lawsuit in which a first time offender of a prior criminal conviction seeks the records of that earlier process be sealed, making the records unavailable through the state or Federal repositories.

    36 years, 25 cases

  17. Family
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. Our firm routinely handles cases involving Family Law which includes arriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody and kidnapping. If you need help with a family-related legal issue, we can advise you in family disputes as well as represent you in lawsuits. Contact us for a free consultation.

    32 years, 2,500 cases

  18. Guardianship
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. When a person is too young or incapacitated and unable to make decisions, guardian law allows the court to appoint someone to make legal and welfare decisions for them. A guardian may be appointed as a limited or an all-purpose decision-maker.. For example, children whose parents are divorcing often have limited legal guardians thelp decide custody issues.

    32 years, 50 cases

  19. Probate
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death, collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed.

    32 years, 150 cases

  20. Wills and living wills
    FREE CONSULTATIONS. A written will lets you decide what happens to your money and property after you die. A living will lets you decide whether or not you wish to be on a medical life support system if you become disabled or incapacitated. Wills and living wills attorneys know all of the language that must be included in your documents so that things happen the way you want.

    36 years, 1,000 cases

FREE CONSULTATIONS. LIVE CHAT 24/7. E-MAIL: [email protected], OR CALL (203) 222-MAYA.

Mr. Maya grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He attended New York University. While at NYU, he worked as a paralegal for Brown, Wood, Ivey, Mitchell & Petty (now Sidley Austin Brown Wood). He also interned for the Legal Aid Society of New York and Legal Services of New York City. Upon graduating from NYU, Mr. Maya worked full-time as a paralegal prior to attending law school at the University of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan Law School, Mr. Maya began his legal career at Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance) as an Associate Attorney. In order to pursue his passion for employment law, Mr. Maya joined the NYC Human Rights Commission, Law Enforcement Bureau, where he prosecuted claims alleging employment discrimination against employers. After five years at the Commission, Mr. Maya started his own firm practicing exclusively in the area of employment law. Over the years, many clients asked Mr. Maya to represent them in other matters involving various practice areas.

Eventually, Mr. Maya expanded the firm, adding lawyers with expertise in other practice areas. Today, Mr. Maya represents both individuals and corporations in employment contracts, severance negotiations, non-competition agreements, and in complex commercial contract disputes. Several decades ago, Mr. Maya began practicing in the area of education law. Today, he represents children and families in educational matters related to Special Education (IEP/504) and accommodations, discipline, expulsion, and suspension.

Mr. Maya is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut. He is also admitted to the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut. Mr. Maya also has extensive experience in arbitrations and dispute mediations.

Mr. Maya lives in Westport, CT, with his wife (and law partner, Susan). He enjoys playing racquetball. He has finished the NYC Marathon three times and dozens of half marathons.

Mr. Maya can be reached in the New York office at ext. 110. He can be reached in the Connecticut office at ext. 110. His email address is He is available to consult evenings and weekends.


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233 Broadway, Suite 2204
New York, NY, 10279
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Chris | February 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Joseph Maya has helped me through a number of complicated legal situations including financial planning, real estate transactions, and corporate issues. He has provided excellent guidance and service. He is very responsive, knowledgeable, thorough, and I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Mica | February 3, 2017
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All your needs!
The Maya Murphy law firm has brought a security to my life that I never expected to need.  I have found them to be there for me in situations that I never would have predicted.  Knowing that I can turn to them for advice, guidance and support has given me a sense of security in my life.  Their expertise range in all areas of ones life, health, estate planning, personal litagation, business... I'm grateful for everything they offer, and thankful for their kind open door environment.
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2020
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Very responsive
Even though Joseph Maya wasn’t able to help me legally he spent much time researching and listened to me when I spoke to him with his undecided attention. Highly recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by Catherine | July 9, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Professional & Excellent help!!
Joseph Maya provided me with an honest and informative explanation of the law related to defamation in Connecticut. He was well informed and patient in answering all of my questions. I would definitely recommend him for legal representation.
Posted by Annette | May 28, 2020
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Helpful advice
I was able to talk to Joe Maya about my husband's case regarding his daughter and her refusal to do schoolwork. I needed advice on whether my husband can legally do something since his ex isn't notifying him about his daughter's refusal to do work and since he hasn't seen his daughter since the pandemic began. Joe was very helpful and told me the direction that my husband can go if he decides to. It is good to hear that my husband may be able to fight to help his daughter even if that includes changing custody.
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Posted by Mario benitez | May 18, 2020
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Great understanding lawyer
I Consulted several attorneys trying to get information on a handling a matter, but when I spoke to Joseph Maya everything was different he made me feel as if when knew each other we spoke about like basically about everything i felt extremely confortable, i look forward to hiring him. Keep up the great Work!
Posted by Rebecca | May 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Results
Joe Maya has helped me out on many matters. He is very skilled and was able to take care of an employment contact, a personal litigation I initiated, and advising and set up of our estate. He was always available and questions were answered very fast. He pays attention to the little details. He is very aggressive and fights hard for you. I was always happy with the results when I used him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2017
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Attorney Maya got back to me super fast and on a Sunday! He has offered me good advice, shown compassion and offered me a consultation at no charge. I'm quite pleased :)
Posted by Robert | March 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Such a great experience! Whether I've had personal or business questions, Attorney Maya always responds quickly. His professionalism and caring personality makes me feel completely comfortable no matter what the situation. The rest of the team is also extremely knowledgeable and caring in a wide array of matters. If you have any legal needs, do not hesitate to contact this firm!
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2014
Excellent , trustworthy
He is a very honest , extremely competent and a very intelligent lawyer . He has helped me with both simple as well as complicated legal issues. I have recommended him to friends who have used his services. They have equally been pleased they have told me. I have never felt ignored by him, he always returns my calls. Other lawyers have not been as courteous. His personality is very good ,especially for his profession. He is articulate , straightforward in his thought processes , as well as compassionate to personal issues. I will use him regularly for any legal issues.
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  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Maya Murphy, P.C.
  • 1996 - Present
  • Associate
  • Clifford Chance
  • 1989 - 1994


  • New York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rivera v. Baccarat
  • Plaintiff won


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • New York County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Reviewed
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Litigation for the small firm
  • Litigation strategy and the use of technology
  • 2013
  • Connecticut Employment Lawyers
  • Taking effective depositions in employment cases
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
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General practice Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joe cares deeply for the law and adheres strictly to his ethical obligations. He partners with clients to achieve their goals, providing them with thoughtful, practical, and efficient counsel. His unfailing courtesy never detracts from his sharp knowledge of the law, and together they make him a formidable adversary in the courtroom or at the negotiation table."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Joe is an exceptional attorney with superior knowledge regarding complex employment law issues. He delivers advice effectively to his clients without sugar coating. Joe is one of the most hardworking and professional attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is aggressive and diligent. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe has a tremendous amount of experience and is highly respected."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is an experienced employment attorney and has gotten great results for his clients."
Education Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe is as compassionate with his client as he is relentless in pursuing the best outcome for them."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you have an employment issue, do not do anything before consulting Joseph Maya. His experience representing employees and employers over the past decade allows him to access your situation and give you the guidance you need. Whether you need advise on an employment contracts, severance agreement, sexual harassment or discrimination, Joseph Maya can help you reach the optimal results."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"One of the best I have ever worked with."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"The best at what he does."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"If you want big firm experience and an absolute fighter, you want Joe on your side."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Friend
"Attorney Joseph Maya is one of the preeminent employment lawyers in the region. I have had the pleasure of working with Attorney Maya for years, and have witnessed the universally high regard in which he is held by the courts, his adversaries, his peers, and his clients."
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