Joseph M. Barnes

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in New London, Connecticut

The Reardon Law Firm, P.C.
Joseph M. Barnes
The Reardon Law Firm, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 2006

Education: Quinnipiac University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019

The Reardon Law Firm, P.C.

160 Hempstead Street
New London, CT 06320 Visit website


Joseph M. Barnes is an attorney with The Reardon Law Firm, P.C., in New London, Connecticut. A highly-rated trial lawyer with more than 15 years of legal experience, Mr. Barnes represents the rights and entitlements of plaintiff clients throughout the state who suffered an injury or loss as the result of a workplace accident or because of someone else's negligence or wrongdoing.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Barnes has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of those dealing with serious personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, dangerous property conditions and other preventable tragedies. He also has extensive experience handling workers' compensation claims and appeals, and he has recovered numerous substantial settlements and awards for those he has served.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Barnes has earned top ratings from his peers, including a Top 100 Trial Lawyer designation from the National Trial Lawyers. In addition, the Connecticut Law Tribune recently named him a "New Leader in the Law," and he has received many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A graduate of Colgate University, Mr. Barnes attended Quinnipiac University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2006. While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Health Law Journal as well as Treasurer of the Student Bar Association. He holds his license to practice in New York as well as Connecticut.

Along with practicing before all state and federal courts in Connecticut and New York, Mr. Barnes is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Disputes Court.

Mr. Barnes serves on the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association's Board of Governors and is a member of both its Membership and General Torts Committees. He is also an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the New London County Bar Association.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation: Claimant

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dram Shop Laws, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical

  • 40% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 2006, Connecticut

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Constitution Society Vice President, 2004-2005
  • Member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyer's Association's General Tort Committee 
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Student Bar Association Treasurer, 2004-2005
  • Board of Governors for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court
  • American Bar Association, Member 
  • New London County Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member
  • State of Connecticut; State of New York; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Mohegan Tribe Gaming Disputes Court, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court. 
Educational Background:
  • Colgate University, Major: Environmental Biology, 2001
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • review of defense discovery tactics and counters to such tactics in which opposing counsel seeks the production and disclosure of the Plaintiff's social media accounts, photographs, and electronic posts.   , presenter/speaker/author , Defense Bad Conduct, Bad Lawyering & Bad Faith: New Age Computer Abuses - Facebook, Emails and the Right to Privacy in E-Discovery., Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - Continuing Legal Education , 2012
  • A review and analysis of updated legislation authorizing suit against the State of Connecticut through the Office of the Claims Commissioner under certain circumstances, primarily in medical negligence cases where a similar healthcare provider has drafted an opinion letter outlining the State's medical negligence.  , Author , When will my claim be decided? Updated legislation for navigating the Office of the Claims Commissioner when seeking permission to sue , Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association - The Forum , Plaintiffs With Personal Injury Claims Against The State Of Connecticut, 2019
  • a practical analysis and guide to obtaining cellular phone call log data, call information, data use, and text information.   , presenter/speaker/author, Cell Phones & Distractions - Discovering the Good Stuff.  , Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Legal Education - College of Automobile Law, 2011
  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 for excellence in the filed of Personal Injury , Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2019
  • Peer review selected as one of the "Best Lawyers" in Connecticut.  , 2021 Best Lawyers in Connecticut Ranking , Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Recognized as a "New Leader in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune, New Leaders in the Law, Connecticut Law Tribune , 2014
  • ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition, 2005
  • Selected as a Rising Star in the legal profession by Connecticut Magazine every year since 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers since 2014
  • On July 15, 2015, the Plaintiff, a 73-year-old widowed mother and grandmother from East Lyme, Connecticut, went to the Foxwoods Casino to play Bingo as she regularly did.  As the Plaintiff exited the Bingo Hall and entered the tile floor concourse area to purchase a sandwich, she slipped and fell on the tile floor fracturing her right knee.  The Plaintiff claimed that she fell because condensation from a nearby water feature had formed on the tile floor and should have been removed in a timely manner.  Reports from security personnel at the scene noted that the floor was dry and free from obstruction and furthermore that the Plaintiff stated she had "tripped" and fallen to the ground.  Liability was hotly contested.  After a two day trial the Court found for the Plaintiff and awarded damages in the amount of $162,958.98.   , 2020

Office location for Joseph M. Barnes

160 Hempstead Street
New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-764-2522


4 Years Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019

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