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Attorney Busher grew up in North Haven, and resided in East Haddam with his family from 2000 through 2022. Attorney Busher has a wide variety of litigation experience, principally addressing insurance defense, insurance coverage, personal injury and appellate matters throughout the State of Connecticut. He also represents individuals and businesses from the East Haddam, Moodus, Colchester, and Salem area with regard to personal injury matters, wills, trusts, and estate planning and litigation matters.

Attorney Busher is a partner with the firm and has been a member of the Connecticut bar for over 25 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross in 1993. He obtained his Doctorate of Jurisprudence with honors in 1996 from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, where he also received the Cornelius W. Wickersham, Jr. Award for Constitutional Law and the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law.  In addition to litigation experience, Attorney Busher has concentrations in insurance coverage and appellate practice. His concentration in insurance coverage analysis and litigation focuses on helping insurers effectively address coverage issues in an expeditious and cost-conscious manner, and includes providing coverage opinions, the preparation of declaratory judgment and other complaints, as well as discovery and motion practice. He brings the same best-practice, cost-effective, proactive and strategic approach to all litigated matters. His concentration in appellate practice includes the researching and drafting of over 50 briefs and appellate motions, and argument before Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts.

From 2008 through 2017, Attorney Busher served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, teaching a class on appellate practice and procedure.

He has received an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell (Preeminent legal ability rating and Very High general ethical standards rating).

He has received the CLMP designation as a Certified Litigation Management Professional by the CLM Alliance. As such, he searches for creative, quick resolution, case-appropriate strategies in all litigated matters.

Attorney Busher has also served as a guest lecturer on the law at Nathan Hale-Ray High School in East Haddam. He was also a member of the East Haddam Business Association, which serves to promote local business.  He served as a Member of the Board of Finance for St. Bridget of Kildare Church in Moodus.  He was also a member of the Moodus Knights of Columbus and is a former member of the East Haddam Lions Club, and ran the Lion’s Club annual town-wide auction from 2010 through 2018.  He served as a member of one of East Haddam’s political parties’ Town Committee from 2015 through 2022.

Joseph M. Busher, Jr.
Rated by Super Lawyers

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On June 2, 2015, Martindale-Hubbell recognized Joseph M. Busher, Jr. with a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of A/V, the highest rating available. He currently maintains the same AV rating. The AV rating from his peers means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings evaluates lawyers based on the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary, including both those who are rated and those who are not. The first review to establish a lawyer’s rating usually occurs three years after his/her first admission to the Bar. Martindale-Hubbell conducts secure online Peer Review Ratings surveys of lawyers across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations, in similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated. Reviewers are instructed to assess their colleagues’ general ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice. The confidentiality, objectivity and complete independence of the ratings process are what have made the program a unique and credible evaluation tool for members of the legal profession. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings were created in 1887 as an objective tool that would attest to a lawyer’s ability and professional ethics, based on the confidential opinions of other lawyers and judges who have worked with the lawyers they are evaluating.

As appearing in Connecticut Magazine, Attorney Busher has been recognized as a Connecticut Super Lawyer by publisher Thomson Reuters. The recognition is also published in the New England Super Lawyers Magazine. Thomson Reuters selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The selection process involves three basic steps: creation of the candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by the research department; and peer evaluation by practice area. The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. He has been continuously selected for inclusion in the Connecticut list since 2007. He has also been continuously selected as a New England Super Lawyer since 2007.

Reported Cases
Benjamin v. Bailey, 234 Conn. 455 (1995); Doe v. Marselle, 38 Conn. App. 360, rev’d, 236 Conn. 845 (1996); Sung v. Butterworth, 235 Conn. 400 (1996); Roberto v. Honeywell, Inc., 43 Conn. App 161, cert. denied, 239 Conn. 945 (1996); Borkowski v. Sacheti, 43 Conn. App. 294 (1996); Jaworski v. Kiernan, 241 Conn. 399 (1997); Martin v. Town of Plainville, 240 Conn. 105 (1997); Belliveau v. Stevenson, 123 F.3d 107 (2d Cir. 1997); Edwards v. Tardif, 240 Conn. 610 (1997); Lodge v. Arett Sales Corporation, 246 Conn. 563 (1998); Deray v. Gallagher, 164 F.3d 617, 1998 WL 650577 (2d Cir. 1998); Bonamico v. City of Middletown, 49 Conn. App. 605, cert granted, 244 Conn. 923, on remand, 47 Conn. App. 758 (1998); Hines v. Davis, 53 Conn. App. 836 (1999); Coelho v. ITT Hartford, 251 Conn. 106 (1999); Marshall v. O’Keefe, 55 Conn. App. 801 (1999); DiMaria v. Silvester, 89 F.Supp.2d 195 (D.Conn. 1999); Washington v. Christie, 58 Conn. App. 96, cert. denied, 254 Conn. 906 (2000); Team Rental Group v. ITT Hartford Group, 59 Conn. App. 110 (2000); Westbrook v. ITT Hartford Group, 60 Conn. App. 767 (2000); Rangel v. Parkhurst, 64 Conn. App. 372 (2000); Millbrook Owners Association, Inc. v. Hamilton Standard, 257 Conn. 1 (2001); Top of The Town, LLC v. Somers Sportsmen’s Association, Inc., 69 Conn. App. 839 (2002); Preston v. O’Rourke, 74 Conn. App. 301 (2002); Mozeleski v. Thomas, 76 Conn. App. 287, cert. denied, 264 Conn. 904 (2003); Taylor v. Windsor Locks Police Dept., 71 Fed.Appx. 877, 2003 WL 21697441 (2d. Cir. 2003); Barry v. Quality Steel Products, Inc., 263 Conn. 424 (2003); Ahearn v. Fuss and O’Neill, Inc., 78 Conn. App. 202 (2003); Denniston v. Cash Home Center, Inc., 76 Conn. App. 906 (2003); Stanley v. Lincoln, 75 Conn. App. 781 (2003); Scoville v. Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Inc.,86 Conn. App. 426, cert. denied, 272 Conn. 921 (2004); Wexler v. DeMaio, 280 Conn. 168 (2006); Pedro v. Miller, 281 Conn. 112 (2007); Read v. Town of Plymouth, 110 Conn. App. 657, cert. denied, 289 Conn. 955 (2008); Grady v. Town of Somers, 294 Conn. 324 (2009); Nanni v. Dino Corp., 117 Conn. App. 61 (2009); Picco v. Town of Voluntown, 295 Conn. 141 (2010); Pack 2000, Inc. v. Cushman, 126 Conn. App. 339 (2011); Coe v Watertown, 301 Conn. 112 (2011); McRae v. McRae, 129 Conn.App. 171 (2011); McRae v. McRae, 139 Conn. App. 75 (2012); Tarro v. Mastriani Realty, LLC, 142 Conn. App. 419 (2013); Doe v. Waraksa, 13-959-CV, 2014 WL 1189853 (2d Cir. Mar. 25, 2014); Pack 2000, Inc. v. Cushman, 311 Conn. 662 (2014); Financial Consulting, LLC v. Commissioner of Insurance, 315 Conn. 196 (2014); Pappas v. Town of Enfield, 602 F. App’x 35 (2d Cir. 2015); Fleming v. Dionisio, 317 Conn. 498 (2015); Pramuka v. Town of Cromwell, 160 Conn. App. 863, cert. denied, 320 Conn. 908 (2015); Gov’t Employees Ins. Co. v. Barros, 184 Conn. App. 395 (2018); Pollard v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 330 Conn. 963 (2019); Raczkowski v. McFarlane, 195 Conn. App. 402 (2020); Goody v. Bedard, 200 Conn. App. 621 (2020); A & R Enterprises, LLC v. Sentinel Ins. Co., Ltd., 202 Conn. App. 224, cert. denied, 336 Conn. 921 (2021); Pollard v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 215 Conn. App. 11 (2022); Aviles v. Barnhill, 217 Conn. App. 435 (2023)

Bar Admissions

Connecticut, 1996

United States Supreme Court, 2010

U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1996

U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1998

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court, 2005

Florida, 2021


Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude,  College of the Holy Cross 1993

Doctorate of Jurisprudence with honors, University Of Connecticut School Of Law 1996

Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Law
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Wills and Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Land Use, Zoning and Planning
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court Matters