Joseph W. Belluck is the founding partner of Belluck & Fox, LLP. He has been widely recognized for his legal work, high ethical standards, and public service.
Joe has a national reputation for excellence in asbestos, mesothelioma, truck accident and serious injury litigation. He is a dedicated, compassionate attorney who has spent his entire life and legal career advocating for injured consumers and workers.
He has settled over $1 Billion of asbestos and personal injury lawsuits.
Prior to founding Belluck & Fox in 2002, Joe represented the State of New York in its tobacco litigation and was responsible for forcing the tobacco industry to stop sponsoring fake scientific research and to take down their tobacco billboards in New York State. He started representing asbestos victims across the United States in 1999.
He previously served as a judicial law clerk of the Texas Supreme Court, and as a staff attorney and lobbyist for the consumer group Public Citizen in Washington, D.C.
In 2001, moved by trying to help the families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack, Joe spent six months at Trial Lawyers Care, a volunteer legal organization.
Joe is also a dedicated public servant. In 2008, he was appointed to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigates allegations of misconduct against all state and local judges in New York. He was elected Chair of the Commission in 2017.
He was appointed as a State University of New York Trustee in 2010. The SUNY Board of Trustees oversees the entire SUNY system in New York. A professorship at his alma mater, SUNY Buffalo Law School, is named after Joe and his wife: the Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad Professor of Civil Justice.
In 2017, Joe was asked to be on the advisory committee of the New York State Rockefeller Institute Center for Law and Policy Solutions. He also serves as a member of New York's Medicaid Redesign Team.
Joe is extremely philanthropic. He serves on the boards of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, an artist colony in Woodstock, N.Y.; Children's Rights, a national advocacy group working to reform failing child welfare systems and protect foster children; Precious Dreams, a national organization that provides comfort items to foster and homeless youth; and CMind, a national organization that promotes meditation and contemplative practices on college campuses.
Joe lives in New York City and Woodstock, New York, with his wife and two children.
HONORS AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating possible for legal ability and ethical standards) 2007-present New York SuperLawyers, 2007- present New York Best Lawyers, 2007- present US News and World Reports Best Law Firms, 2010- present Co-Chair of Mealey/HB Litigation's 2007, 2009, 2010 National Asbestos Litigation Superconferences Speaker at Perrin National Asbestos Conferences and ACI National Asbestos Conference, 2010-Present
EDUCATION SUNY Buffalo School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 1994 SUNY Binghamton, B.A. in Sociology, 1989
NOTABLE CASES Has won and settled hundreds of asbestos and mesothelioma cases, including a recent case that settled for over $12 million. Instrumental in representing New York State and settling the State's $25 billion dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry.
GOVERNMENT APPOINTMENTS State University of New York, Board of Trustees SUNY Charter Schools Institute, Chair New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Chair Rockefeller Institute Center for Law and Policy Solutions, Advisory Council New York Medicaid Redesign Team, Member
LEGAL ACTIVITIES SUNY Buffalo School of Law, Dean's Advisory Council, Member (2008-2010) SUNY Binghamton, Harpur Law Council, Member (2008-2010) Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Member (2010-Present) Board of Directors, New York State Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2008-2012) New York State Trial Lawyers Association LawPac, Trustee (2010-Present) SUNY Buffalo School of Law, Adjunct Lecturer of Law (1998-2001)