Joseph R. Ciollo Partner


Hartford, CT Bridgeport, CT

Phone: (860) 616-7648 Fax: (860) 541-4879 Download VCard

Joseph R. Ciollo

Joe is a partner in the Hartford office of Morrison Mahoney and has over fourteen years of experience in trial practice and civil litigation. He represents insurance companies, insureds, private businesses, attorneys, and other licensed professionals in matters involving automobile, homeowner and property insurance coverage, insurance fraud investigation, general liability defense, automobile liability defense, bad faith claims, products liability, professional liability, employment discrimination and subrogation.

Joe’s experience includes working closely with insurance companies’ Special Investigation Units (“SIU”), advising and representing several insurance companies during major investigations of medical providers and associated business entities, as well as in subsequent litigation against such parties to recover fraudulently obtained insurance benefits. 

Joe has served as lead counsel on over forty-five civil jury trials, and has represented clients in eleven appeals at all levels of Massachusetts appellate courts.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained numerous defense verdicts in jury trials involving issues of insurance coverage, bad faith and automobile liability
  • Represented insurance companies in two cases of first impression before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, as well as in other appellate courts on a wide variety of insurance coverage issues
  • Reported appellate decisions have included cases involving the coordination of automobile insurance and health insurance benefits, an insurer’s right to conduct an independent medical examination, a secured lender’s right to automobile insurance coverage, a business plaintiff’s burden of proof in a bad faith claim against an insurer, as well as multiple appellate issues under the Massachusetts no-fault automobile insurance statute, including the calculation of lost wage benefits, a plaintiff’s recovery of attorney’s fees, and the applicable statute of limitations


  • “The Occasionally Gray Area Of Whether An Injured Motorist Was ‘Occupying’ A Vehicle,” The Standard (March 24, 2017)

Speaking Engagements 

  • “Exposing and Prosecuting the Chiropractic Personal Injury Mill,” Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference (June 8, 2017)


  • Claim and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • Friends of Harvard Track and Field, Co-Chair

Hartford, CT Office

One Constitution Plaza
10th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
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Bridgeport, CT Office

1000 Lafayette Boulevard
Suite 702
Bridgeport, CT 06604
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Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit


  • J.D. — Suffolk University Law School
  • B.A. — Harvard University

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