Joseph J. Rodio, Sr.

Joseph J. Rodio, Sr. is a founding member of Rodio & Ursillo, Ltd.

After five years in private practice, he founded the firm in 1980 with David R. Ursillo, Sr. Shortly after founding the law firm, Joe began establishing his reputation as one of Rhode Island’s top labor attorneys. Joe’s reputation and experience have lead to the firm’s representation of numerous public safety, along with private labor organizations.

Many years of practice in labor law have given Joe extensive knowledge and experience in both ERISA/Taft Hartley and public pension plans. This has allowed Joe to grow his practice to many management-side clients such as State of Rhode Island agencies and municipal governments. Once retained for pension related work, many of these organizations have asked Joe to expand his representation into all aspects of employment and municipal law.

After representing a local professional sports franchise, Joe quickly came to be respected in the field of sports law. After many successes, he was asked to serve as general counsel to a professional hockey league, where he still serves today. Throughout the years, other professional sports leagues have sought his counsel in a variety of sports matters.  Joe also represents health and welfare trusts that exist to oversee health care coverage of professional athletes.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Rhode Island — 1975
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island — 1975
  • U.S. Tax Court — 1978
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America — 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit — 1984
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals — 1984

Practice Areas

  • Labor/Employment Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Sports Law
  • ERISA/Taft Hartley


  • Suffolk University School of Law, J.D., 1975.
  • Boston University, B.A. in History and Theology, 1970.

Contact Information

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