Joseph M. Orlando, Jr., Esq., married to Jamie Orlando (formerly Jamie Aiello), father of Joseph M. Orlando, III and Rocco F. Orlando, was born at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Massachusetts on August 27, 1984 to parente Joseph M. Orlando and Concetta “Connie” Orlando. Joe and Jamie are graduates of Gloucester High School (Class of 2003) where Joe was the Matheson Award winner for leadership and named Captain of the varsity baseball team. Joe went on to Endicott College where he was a two-time all conference baseball player and also captain of the EC varsity baseball team. Joe graduated from Endicott (Class of 2007) with a B.A. in Liberal Studies focusing in Law & Government.
Joe then attended Massachusetts School of Law, earning his J.D.(class of 2010). Joe is now licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He has been practicing maritime and land-based personal injury litigation since he began working with his family’s firm, Orlando & Associates. In 2016, Joe was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine (Top 2.5% of lawyers under 40 in Massachusetts) and in 2017 Joe was named “Top 10 Under 40” in Massachusetts by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys.
To start his political involvement, in 2012, Joe was appointed to the election day legal operations team for United States Senator Scott Brown and was later appointed to the same position with special election senatorial campaign for Gabriel Gomez in 2013. He was also appointed as a replacement to the Planning Board in Hamilton, Massachusetts in 2012 and then elected for a full term in 2013.
In 2014, after two and a half years in Hamilton, Joe and Jamie moved back to Gloucester, where they were born and raised. In November 2015, Joe was elected to the Gloucester City Council at Large. He had the highest vote total of any new candidate in the 2015 election. Joe was sworn into the City Council on January 1, 2016 and then appointed by the Council President as Vice-Chairman to the Standing Committee on Budget and Finance. Later in his first term, he was appointed by the Council President as the ex-officio from the City Council to the Tourism Commission, which at the time was defunct. Joe recruited five new members to the Tourism Commission, effectively rebuilding it, and now the commission meets at least one per month. Joe uses his law degree to give back to the community beyond his work with the city council. He sits on the board of a non-profit organization called Everyday Heroes, which benefits the families of public safety officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.
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