Joseph Scully is a litigator experienced in trying complex civil disputes. He has represented clients in courts throughout New England and other parts of the country including Delaware, Maryland, New York, Ohio and Texas. Joseph has taken several matters to trial in state and federal courts and has litigated numerous arbitrations through final hearings. He has handled appeals before a variety of courts including the First Circuit Court of Appeals and to state appellate courts in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
Joseph's practice focuses primarily on the representation of insurance companies in insurance coverage actions and reinsurance disputes. He has litigated various types of coverage disputes in state and federal courts, including disputes arising from asbestos and other product liability claims, environmental losses, fire and other property damage, construction defects, and equipment breakdown claims. Joseph also has handled and tried disputes involving reinsurance claims before arbitration panels and in various state and federal courts.
Joseph has extensive experience litigating trust and estate disputes. He has handled will contests, breach of contract claims, the defense and prosecution of breach of fiduciary claims, and disputes over land trusts. Joseph also has litigated product liability actions, commercial disputes, and corporate breach of fiduciary duty disputes.
Before entering private practice, Joseph served as law clerk for The Honorable Edward F. Harrington, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Joseph is admitted to practice before the bars of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and Massachusetts. He has published a number of articles on legal topics and is a former member of the Board of Editors of Connecticut Supreme Court History, the journal of the Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society. He serves on the board of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation.
Joseph is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut.
Tried to jury verdict asbestos coverage dispute in Delaware Superior Court involving claims for coverage exceeding over $50 million of coverage
Represented ceding insurance company in series of reinsurance disputes in federal court in Connecticut and Ohio seeking reinsurance recovery arising from $449 million asbestos settlement
Successfully prosecuted an interlocutory appeal resulting in the reversal of a trial court's denial of an insurer's motion for summary judgment on the basis that the plaintiff had signed a release of all its claims
Defended property insurer against multi-million dollar claim for business interruption losses in the Southern District of Texas
Briefed issue of first impression on significant insurance coverage issues on behalf of amicus curiae before the Connecticut Supreme Court
Defended equipment breakdown insurer in the United States District Court of Rhode Island against claims of breach of contract and bad faith arising from the denial of business interruption losses
Tried breach of fiduciary duty and theft of corporate opportunity claim against rogue corporate officer
Pro bono representation of fair housing center seeking compensatory damages and injunctive relief arising from landlord's discriminatory rental practices
Represented ceding company against claims by its reinsurers that the cedent's post-settlement allocation of losses was done in bad faith for the purposes of maximizing reinsurance recoveries
Represented a variety of life and disability insurers against breach of contract and unfair claims practices claims
Represented healthcare company in connection with investigatory subpoenas from state regulators and the Connecticut Attorney General
Successfully defended national automotive distributor against breach of warranty and unfair trade practices claims, obtaining summary judgment
Obtained the dismissal of a product liability/failure to warn complaint against a pharmaceutical manufacturer on the basis that the warnings provided were adequate as a matter of law
Represented the estate of a pilot killed in an aircraft accident resulting from defective manufacturing of aircraft engine
Successfully defended probate estate in Massachusetts Superior Court against claims for breach of contract claim premised on testator's alleged failure to provide compensation in his will for past services rendered
Represented beneficiaries of a land trust against trustees for misappropriation of trust assets and other breach of fiduciary duties
summa cum laude1996Double Major in Classical Studies and Economics
Chosen for inclusion in Chambers USA as a leading litigation attorney, 2014-2016
Recognized as a leading litigation practitioner in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, 2009-2015
Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), 2010-2012Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Insurance Coverage, Business Litigation, 2013-2016
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2017
Connecticut Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Editors, Connecticut Supreme Court History, 2006 - 2016
Leadership Greater Hartford, Quest program participant, 2009
Co-chair, Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation Associates' Campaign, 2006
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Volunteered on various statewide political campaigns