America's Premier Mesothelioma Attorney

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Joseph W. Belluck

Joseph W. Belluck is the founding partner of Belluck & Fox.

Joe has unparalleled experience in asbestos and mesothelioma litigation, and has fostered a national reputation as the “go-to” choice for the country’s most important mesothelioma cases. He is a dedicated, compassionate attorney who has spent his entire legal career representing injured workers and consumers.

Joe is nationally recognized for his legal work and ethical standards.  He is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, an award which only recognizes attorneys with the very highest ethical and professional standards. Joe has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2009 and named in SuperLawyers every year since 2009 as well.

Joe is widely regarded for his policy and advocacy expertise.  He volunteers many hours to legal organizations and not-for-profit groups.  He has also been appointed to many government commissions and boards.

Joe serves on the SUNY Board of Trustees, the governing body of New York’s state university system.  In this role, he chairs the SUNY Charter School Committee.  He teaches a course on asbestos and mass torts as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, SUNY Buffalo School of Law.  He endows the Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad Professor of Civil Justice, which recognizes and advances outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service at the law school.

Since 2008, he has served on New York State’s Judicial Conduct Commission, and in May 2016, Joe was elected chairman of the Commission.  He was also appointed to New York State’s Medicare Redesign Commission.

He currently serves on the boards of Children’s Rights, a national advocacy group working to protect foster children; Precious Dreams, an organization that provides comfort packages to children in foster care; CMIND, an organization that promotes mindfulness meditation in higher education; and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in Woodstock, New York, an arts center and colony.

Prior to founding Belluck & Fox in 2002, Joe represented the State of New York in its tobacco litigation and served as a judicial law clerk for the Texas Supreme Court.  He was also a staff attorney and consumer advocate for Public Citizen in Washington, D.C. In 2001, Joe worked for Trial Lawyers Care, a volunteer legal organization dedicated to helping victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

An avid fan of the New York Rangers and the Grateful Dead, Joe lives in New York City and Woodstock, New York with his wife, two children, and their labradors.

Areas of Practice

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestos
  • Catastrophic truck, airplane, construction and car accidents
  • Pharmaceutical Cases

Awards & Recognitions

  • Joseph Belluck - Best Lawyers
  • Joseph Belluck - AV Martindale Hubbell
  • lead counsel accredited


  • AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating possible for legal ability and ethical standards)
  • New York SuperLawyers, 2007-2010
  • New York Best Lawyers, 2007-2010
  • US News and World Reports Best Law Firms, 2010
  • Co-Chair of Mealey/HB Litigation’s 2007, 2009 and 2010 National Asbestos Litigation Superconferences
  • New York Best Lawyers, 2014


  • SUNY – Buffalo School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, 1994
  • SUNY – Binghamton, 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 Trustee
  • New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Legal Activities

  • SUNY – Buffalo School of Law, Adjunct Lecturer of Law, 1998-2001
  • Member, SUNY – Buffalo, Dean’s Advisory Council, 2008-2010
  • Member, SUNY – Binghamton, Harpur Law Council, 2008-2010
  • Member, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors, New York State Trial Lawyers Association


  • New York State

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