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 (
Guest Lecturer on “The Art of Negotiation” at Boston College.


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

US District Court

1st Circuit Court of Appeals

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 one year 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 ended 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.

Over his 40 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 five novels, three of which are legal thrillers set in Gloucester. The Gloucester Trilogy, which is The Fisherman’s Son, The Bastard’s Weapon, and One Man’s Hero, are novels loosely based on trials conducted by Attorney Orlando and point to the drama, critical nature, and importance of the jury system in the lives of the working man. For more info, visit

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.”

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.

Since moving home to Gloucester in 1998, 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. Attorney Orlando is presently working with his son, Joseph M. Orlando, Jr., in continuing to grow Orlando & Associates.

Joe can be reached at