Joe is a founding partner of Olenn & Penza and one of the most experienced civil trial attorneys in Rhode Island, having conducted well over one hundred jury trials in Rhode Island State and Federal courts. Joe's primary areas of practice include business and commercial litigation, the defense of police officers and municipalities in wrongful death and civil rights cases, and defending attorneys, accountants, and other professionals in malpractice cases. For over 40 years Joe has successfully defended the City of Providence and its police officers against claims involving wrongful death, wrongful arrest, excessive force, and wrongful pursuit.
In addition to his trial work, Joe regularly represents public safety officers and unions in labor disputes, collective bargaining, and disciplinary matters. He also maintains an active corporate practice, advising dozens of small and medium-sized businesses in matters including business formation, asset sales, stock purchases, and other commercial transactions.
Joe has dedicated a growing portion of his practice to mediation and alternative dispute resolution, serving as a mediator and arbitrator in a wide array of employment, civil rights, and business disputes.