Joseph Cove was born and raised in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, where his father was a lawyer for more than 50 years.
In 1973, Joe graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bowdoin College and was a Rhodes Scholar Candidate in 1972 with a concentration in philosophy and classical languages.
Joe graduated in 1976 from Suffolk University Law School, where he won the Justice Tom Clark Moot Court prize and was also awarded the Moot Court Scholarship as a member of the National Moot Court Team. In 1976 he was given a judicial internship in the Superior Court System of the Commonwealth.
After graduation, Joe worked as an associate for the office of Donahue and Rauscher in Worcester, Massachusetts and returned to Uxbridge full time to assume his fathers practice and to further establish his own practice.
Over the years, Joe has developed a reputation for skilled practice in the area of Municipal Law and has served as full time counsel and/or special counsel in ten communities throughout Central Massachusetts and Southeastern Massachusetts.
In 2006, the Worcester Telegram noted that Joe was the only small firm lawyer who continues to represent municipalities when much larger city firms represent the remainder of Southern Worcester County towns.
Joe successfully represented the Town of Grafton during the height of the building boom in 2002 through 2006 when Grafton issued the highest number of building permits in the state. Joe and Andrea have also represented the Town of Leicester, the Town of Millbury, the Town of Millville, the Town of Dighton, and the Town of Norton, either as fulltime or special counsel.
In 2001 Joe represented the Town of Leicester in the land mark case of Southwestern Bell v. Todd et al before the First Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States. The case was one of the first cases of record in the country to uphold the right of a community to deny cell tower placements on the basis of aesthetic considerations. This case has been followed throughout the country and is known today as the "Todd Standard".
In 1980 Joe was successful before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in another landmark case, Bruno v. Bruno, which defined the law of undue influence. Additionally, Joe has been successful on numerous Medicaid Appeals, restoring long term care nursing benefits to people applying for or in nursing homes.
Joe is a member of the Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, for whom he has written materials including two chapters in the two-volume work Massachusetts Municipal Law published for municipal practitioners. Joe has also written articles for the American Bar Association, the Worcester County Bar Association, various law reviews and the Massachusetts Federation of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal. He has been invited to speak on a variety of municipal topics especially zoning and planning to various boards and associations.
Joe is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar, and the Massachusetts Federal Bar. He is also a member of the Federal Bar for the State of Rhode Island.
Joe is an avid outdoorsman, bicyclist and gardener. Joe continues to live in Uxbridge.