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Joseph B. Schwartz Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

Hartford
Email: jschwartz@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6067
Fax: 860-240-6150

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Education

  • University of Connecticut Law School (J.D.)
  • George Washington University (B.A., magna cum laude)

Joseph B. Schwartz


Joseph B. Schwartz represents clients in the areas of municipal and land use litigation, general commercial litigation and commercial foreclosure matters.

Joseph regularly represents municipalities, developers, businesses, and individuals in all phases of local land use approval and complex real estate litigation. His land use practice encompasses zoning, planning, subdivisions and inland wetlands authorities. He also represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties in a variety of construction-related disputes in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation.

In addition to land use issues, Joseph also represents municipalities, businesses and individuals in residential and commercial property tax appeals, and has successfully litigated several of them to judgment. Joseph also has extensive experience representing municipalities in zoning enforcement actions.  He has also written articles and given presentations on various land use and municipal topics.  Joseph holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, received the distinction by Connecticut Super Lawyers as a 2013 Rising Star in the area of Land Use/Zoning and was named a 2015 New Leaders in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Joseph also has experience representing financial institutions in complex commercial foreclosure actions involving restaurants, motels and hotels. He also handles all phases of collection litigation, including pre- and post-judgment remedies.

  • Connecticut Bar Association - Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association - Member
  • The Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court (2011-2013 – three year term)
  • West Hartford Exchange Club – Member (2009-10)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Foundation, Board of Trustees (Board Member, 2013; Executive Committee, 2014-present)
  • Quest/Leadership Greater Hartford (Class of 2014-15)
  • Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Control Authorities (CAWPCA) (Board of Directors, 2015 – present)
  • Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford, Board of Directors
  • Matt Ritter for State Representative, 1st District, Treasurer (2012, 2014, 2016).
  • Connecticut Housing Investment Fund (CHIF): Provided pro bono services to CHIF by drafting a guide on how to administer federal housing administration insured single-family home mortgage loans that are delinquent or in default (2013).
  • Volunteered at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT to prepare students for “We the People” debate competition (2007-2008)
Overview

Joseph B. Schwartz represents clients in the areas of municipal and land use litigation, general commercial litigation and commercial foreclosure matters.

Joseph regularly represents municipalities, developers, businesses, and individuals in all phases of local land use approval and complex real estate litigation. His land use practice encompasses zoning, planning, subdivisions and inland wetlands authorities. He also represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors and sureties in a variety of construction-related disputes in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation.

In addition to land use issues, Joseph also represents municipalities, businesses and individuals in residential and commercial property tax appeals, and has successfully litigated several of them to judgment. Joseph also has extensive experience representing municipalities in zoning enforcement actions.  He has also written articles and given presentations on various land use and municipal topics.  Joseph holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, received the distinction by Connecticut Super Lawyers as a 2013 Rising Star in the area of Land Use/Zoning and was named a 2015 New Leaders in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Joseph also has experience representing financial institutions in complex commercial foreclosure actions involving restaurants, motels and hotels. He also handles all phases of collection litigation, including pre- and post-judgment remedies.

Memberships
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Member
  • Hartford County Bar Association - Member
  • The Oliver Ellsworth American Inn of Court (2011-2013 – three year term)
  • West Hartford Exchange Club – Member (2009-10)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Foundation, Board of Trustees (Board Member, 2013; Executive Committee, 2014-present)
  • Quest/Leadership Greater Hartford (Class of 2014-15)
  • Connecticut Association of Water Pollution Control Authorities (CAWPCA) (Board of Directors, 2015 – present)
Recognition
Community Involvement
  • Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford, Board of Directors
  • Matt Ritter for State Representative, 1st District, Treasurer (2012, 2014, 2016).
  • Connecticut Housing Investment Fund (CHIF): Provided pro bono services to CHIF by drafting a guide on how to administer federal housing administration insured single-family home mortgage loans that are delinquent or in default (2013).
  • Volunteered at Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT to prepare students for “We the People” debate competition (2007-2008)
Speaking Engagements
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
Education
  • University of Connecticut Law School (J.D.)
  • George Washington University (B.A., magna cum laude)
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