Joseph J. Rucci, Jr.

Attorney and Member of the Firm

Joseph J. Rucci, Jr. is one of the founding members of Rucci Law Group, LLC. His practice encompasses business law, trusts and estates, non-profits, real estate and land use. Joe’s business knowledge, along with his approachable manner, makes him a valued business advisor as well as legal counsel to his clients. He is adept at helping clients solve complex business problems, from raising private equity to recruiting a board of directors.

Joe understands the challenges facing an entrepreneur and helps his clients navigate their businesses from formation to operation. He has been instrumental in nurturing a number of entrepreneurial startups, including commercial banks and for-profit educational entities. He served as chairman of organizing committees, and as an organizer, director, and legal counsel for several community banks. He currently sits on the board of Cytogel Pharma, LLC, a biotechnology company developing a substitute for morphine.

Non-profit organizations are a professional and personal passion for Joe. He is a director and member of both the Governance and Audit Risk Committees of the AmeriCares Foundation, Inc., where he also serves as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel. He is also a director of the Pear Tree Point School Foundation, Inc., in Darien, Connecticut.

Joe and his wife Debbie live in New Canaan, Connecticut with Nico, the Rucci Law Group office dog.

Joe holds an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review’ rating.

Bar Admissions

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

Previous Employment

  • Rucci, Burnham & Carta, LLP and predecessor firms; Founder and Senior Partner, 1978-2011;
  • McAnerney, Millar & Rucci, 1971-1978
  • Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1966-1970


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
  • Fairfield University, B.S.S.

Public Service

  • AmeriCares Foundation, Inc., Member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Governance Committee, 2001-present, former member of Executive Committee, Current member of Audit/Risk Committee
  • Pear Tree Point School Foundation, Inc., 1998-2018. Member of the Board of Directors
  • Town Council of the Town of New Canaan, Connecticut; Member for 16 years (1974-1990), including 11 years service as Chairman St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan, Connecticut, Member of the Finance Committee
  • Rotary International 1972-present, past President, New Canaan Club Sovereign Order of Malta 1992-present
  • Chairman of By-Law Committee and Parliamentarian, Shelter Harbor Fire District, Westerly Rhode Island, 1998-present.
  • Member of the Society of Former Special Agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan, Connecticut, Member of the Finance Committee