Joseph M. Orlando, Esq.

Career Highlights:

  • Founded Orlando & White with the late Edward J. White in 1980
  • Heralded as “the most prominent in a rising group of young maritime lawyers” and “Attorney for the Injured”  (New York Times, Dec. 10, 1984)
  • Founded Orlando & Associates in 1986
  • Published his first novel, The Fisherman’s Son, a legal thriller set in Gloucester, MA, in 2004


  • New England School of Law, 1978
  • Boston College, 1975
  • St. John’s Preparatory School, 1971

Bar Admissions:

  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1978
  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Maine in 1990
  • He has subsequently been admitted to practice before the US District Court, 1st Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.


Joseph M. Orlando was born and raised in Gloucester, MA. The son, grandson, and nephew of fishermen, he worked his way through college by unloading fish from Gloucester’s boats early in the mornings before heading to classes.

After working for two years in a Boston law firm, Orlando and his then-partner, Edward White, founded Orlando & White, a personal injury law firm focusing on representation of injured marine workers, in 1980. The partnership split and Orlando & Associates was born in 1986.

Joe and his wife are both natives of Gloucester, MA, and he has been proud to represent the people of his community throughout his career. In fact, it seems that the name Joseph Orlando will always be synonymous with the city of Gloucester.

The local Joe Orlando Tally: 19 and counting

            Gloucester Daily Times, September 21, 1985

Over his more than 33 year legal career, Attorney Orlando has been recognized throughout the region for his professional successes. He has also been lauded for his writing, and has published three novels, two of which are legal thrillers set in Gloucester. His first novel, The Fisherman’s Son, was also placed on the syllabus of a course at Montclair State University called “The Many Manifestations of the Italian Culture.”

Law of the Sea binds Present to Past
Gloucester Daily Times, July 6, 2004

Lawyer’s Novel has sharp hook

            Boston Globe, August 12, 2004

His third novel, The Shortstop’s Redemption, centers on his lifelong love of baseball and is set in Manchester, MA, where Attorney Orlando and his family lived for 11 years.

In 1990, Attorney Orlando was featured locally for his lifelong love of sports:

Swinging a Bat Against his Idols

Beverly Times, January 20, 1990

Since moving home to Gloucester, Attorney Orlando has seen his business continue to grow and succeed and is excited that the business he started at 28 years old will thrive into the next generation, since his son, Joseph M. Orlando, Jr., joined the firm in 2011.