As a member of Morris King & Hodge Attorneys at Law, Joseph “Joey” D. Aiello is living a lifelong dream to become a practicing attorney.
He had his sights set on a legal career his entire life, since the day a group of veteran judges visited his Huntsville Boy Scout Explorers group to talk about the court system and the legal profession.
That presentation was a turning point for Aiello. He devoted his youth to his quest to practice law.
During Aiello’s high school years, he was employed part-time at an early incarnation of Morris King & Hodge, with hopes of working there one day as a practicing attorney.
He continued making contacts and gaining experience throughout college.
While studying for his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, he interned with Madison County Circuit Judge Joe Battle. After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in political science, Aiello earned his law degree from the University of Alabama’s School of Law and interned for Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Putnam.
In the first three years of his legal career, with the firms Fees & Burgess and Leo & Brooks, Aiello learned to write briefs in motion practice and appeals, and he honed his litigation skills.
He entered plaintiff’s personal injury law when he joined Morris King & Hodge in 2004. He assumed a role as an appellate attorney and the firm’s chief brief writer in addition to serving as co-counsel in numerous trials.
In 2007, he served as co-counsel in a case resulting in a $3.1 million verdict against an ambulance company that was found liable for a collision that killed a Madison County teenager. The ambulance company appealed, and the case went to the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Aiello wrote the appellate brief, and the court upheld the verdict.
Aiello is drawn to the legal process for the intellectual challenge it poses, and the challenge of making his side’s position clear.
“I really like thinking of how to frame the argument to make it unassailable,” he says.
In addition to his busy law practice, Aiello is involved in several community initiatives, including serving on the city of Huntsville’s Air Pollution Control Board and on the board of directors of United Cerebral Palsy for Huntsville and North Alabama.
He is also active in his church and coaches baseball and soccer for the Southeast Huntsville YMCA.