Secola Law Offices
Secola Law Offices
Secola Law Offices LLC
Secola Law Offices LLC

Attorney Joseph P. Secola

Attorney Secola has been in private practice since 1984. He has years of experience in a wide variety of legal disciplines. Read his profile below to get to know us better.

Joseph P. Secola

Attorney &

Connecticut Probate Judge. Ret.

President, Greater Danbury Bar Association, 2012-2013


Legal Field:

  • Probate Law
  • Estate Planning & Elder law
  • Wills and Trusts Law
  • Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice






LL.M. Degree: Master of Laws in Estate Planning & Elder Law, 

Western New England University School Of Law 



Juris Doctor Degree (Rank: Third) O.W. Coburn School of Law


Bachelor of Arts in History (Honors Diploma; Phi Alpha Theta) Fairfield University




Bar Admissions



State Courts: Connecticut (1984); New York (1985); and Virginia (1986)

Federal District Courts: District of Connecticut (1985); Southern District of New York (1988); Western District of New York (1996)

Federal Appellate Courts: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1989)

U.S. Supreme Court: (1990)



Major Accomplishments


  • Attended and argued before Connecticut Supreme Court March 19, 1996, in a winning administrative law case involving the Due Process of Law, entitled Dolgner v. Alander, 676 A.2d 865, 237 Conn. 272 (Conn. 1996).
  • Won 2007 jury verdict in a car crash case - Groccia v. Lederer - Verdict of $580,000 ($80,000 economic and $500,000 non-economic) for middle-aged mother - New Haven Jury verdict featured in May 21, 2007 Connecticut Law Tribune, in Verdicts and Settlements section.
  • Won 2005 Jury Verdicts in a car crash case - Bolonos v. Curry - Danbury Verdicts of (1) $255,000 ($5,000 economic and $250,000 non-economic damages awarded) for college-age daughter and (2) $79,000 ($4,000 economic and $75,000 economic damages awarded) for middle-aged mother. 
  • Won 1999 Jury Verdict in a car crash case - Riley v. Nordic Products, Inc. - Meriden Verdict of $168,000 ($35,000 economic and $133,000 non-economic damages awarded) for middle-aged man.
  • Settled cases of note - medmal case of young girl settled for $690,000; wrongful death medmal case of teenage male settled for 1.5 million; 30 year-old male in truck-car accident with permanent injuries settled for 1.2 million.


Professional Experience



Judge of Probate, District of Brookfield



  • Presided over Trust and Decedent Estates proceedings, including  probating wills and the administration of estates, overseeing testamentary and living trusts, determining title to real and personal property, construing the meaning of wills and trusts.  
  • Presided over Guardian, Conservator and Civil Commitment proceedings, including appointing guardians for persons who are mentally disabled, approving placements of persons who are mentally disabled, appointing a guardian of the estate or person for a child, for persons with mental illness and/or for persons who are incapable of managing or administering their own affairs, appointing conservators of the person and the estate, committing those suffering from severe mental illness to an appropriate facility.
  • Presided over proceedings involving Parents and Children, including removing unfit parents as guardians of their children, hearing the claims of paternity of unwed fathers, terminating the parental rights of parents who cannot fulfill their parental responsibilities, granting adoptions.


Private Practice: Trial Lawyer


  • Thorough understanding of all aspects of probate court practice.
  • Probate wills and represent and advise executors and administrators of estates.
  • Prepare and draft diverse trusts, including revocable intervivos trusts, irrevocable trusts, and life insurance trusts.
  • Prepare and draft complex wills, conforming provisions to meet the individual needs of clients.
  • Advise clients concerning trust and estate planning.
  • Interpret laws, rulings and regulations for individuals and businesses.
  • Thorough understanding and experience in civil trials and appeals in both state and federal courts.
  • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Represent clients in court, mainly on the plaintiff’s side.
  • Examine legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuit.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.
  • Negotiate settlements of civil and probate disputes.
Other Legal Experience
  • Summer Clerkship for the Honorable Tomas R. Brett, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court, Tulsa, Oklahoma, summer 1983


Awards & Honors



Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Who's Who in American Law, Millennium Edition §2000-2001

Strathmore's Who's Who §1999-2000

Lifetime Member, National Registry of Who's Who §1999

Who's Who for Connecticut §1993

Who's Who for American Law Students §1984

Law Review Invitee §1983-1984






Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

Greater Danbury Bar Association



Community Involvement



  • Bible Study Teacher at Men’s Bible Study, St. Paul’s Anglican Church,                         Brookfield, CT  1995 - 2020
  • Member, Knights of Columbus 1992-Present
  • Member, Board of Education for the Greater Danbury Catholic Elementary Schools 1992-1996
  • Member, City of Milford Board of Education 1989-1990
  • Sponsor, Several Little League Baseball and Pop Warner football teams







  • Published Article, “Bilbao v. Goodwin”, CTLA Forum, Summer 2020: at 16.
  • Published Probate Court opinion in the Estate of Charlene E. Kreinus, 17 Quinnipiac Prob. L.J. 9 (2003).



  • State v. Reddy, 135 Conn. App. 65 (Conn. App. 2012) (JPS won appeal reversing the seizure of the firearms of a gunowner).
  • New Milford Sav. Bank v. Mulville,258 Conn. 802, 786 A.2d 1090 (Conn. 2001) (JPS obtained a judgment of foreclosure by sale in the trial court and successfully defended the appeal in both the Appellate Court and Connecticut Supreme Court).
  • Dolgner v. Alander, 676 A.2d 865, 237 Conn. 272 (Conn. 1996) (JPS won appeal and Connecticut Supreme Court reversed agency action and restored license of JPS's client).
  • New Milford Savings Bank v. Roina, 659 A.2d 1226, 38 Conn. App. 240 (Conn. App. 1995) (JPS won summary judgment for plaintiff bank in trial court defeating lender liability counterclaim and successfully defending the appeal in the Connecticut Appellate Court).
  • Asset Recovery Management Co. v. Tarzia, 1995 WL 16797, 1995 WL 17181 (Conn. Super. 1995) (JPS won trial and obtained permanent injunction for plaintiff corporation enjoining interference with marketing of real estate).
  • Melief v. New Milford Savings Bank, 1996 WL 168011 (Conn. Super. 1996) (JPS won summary judgment for the defendant bank defeating lender liability claims).
  • New Milford Savings Bank v. Melief, 1994 WL 174725 (Conn. Super. 1994), affirmed, 659 A.2d 1232, 38 Conn. App. 906 (Conn. App. 1995), cert. denied, 665 A.2d 902, 235 Conn. 910 (Conn. 1995) (JPS won the trial for a deficiency judgment for the plaintiff bank and successfully defended the judgment in both the Appellate and Supreme Courts of CT).
  • New Milford Savings Bank v. Zukov, 1993 WL 544768 (Conn. Super. 1993) (JPS won trial court ruling for plaintiff bank which struck the lender liability counterclaim from the jury docket).
  • Kagan v. Ginsburg, 622 A.2d 1030, 30 Conn. App. 794 (Conn. App. 1993) (JPS won appeal; Appellate Court reversed trial court dismissal of plaintiff's claims).
  • K.W. Dolmar Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. Matar, 1992 WL 188915 (Conn. Super. 1992), affirmed, 632 A.2d 720, 32 Conn. App. 906 (Conn. App. 1993) (JPS won trial and obtained injunction and damages for intentional interference with business relations; JPS successfully defended the appeal in the CT Appellate Court).
















Attorney Joseph P. Secola

Conn. Probate Judge, Ret.

113 Mill Plain Rd #1002

Danbury, CT 06811


Phone: (203) 417-3186

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New York Office:

75 South Broadway

Suite 400

White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 595-6703


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