Joe graduated from Bangor High School in 1983. After high school, he continued his education at Bates College, where he received a BA in Philosophy in 1987. He attended law school at the University of Maine School of Law, graduating in 1992.
Joe has been a lawyer in private practice in Belfast for over 20 years. He has his own firm which is engaged in all forms of litigation, representing individuals along the Mid-Coast as well as some of the biggest and most well respected businesses in the area.