Joseph G. Carleton, Jr.

of Counsel


Joseph Carleton has practiced condominium and homeowner association law for over 30 years, representing major developers and large homeowner association clients.  Before joining Jensen Baird, he was based in Wells, where he was active in community affairs, serving on several civic and land use boards and as town meeting moderator for 25 years. 

He is a Fellow of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), a group of about 150 lawyers nationwide recognized for excellence in condominium and homeowner association law.  He is the only CCAL Fellow in Maine and the only Maine attorney who is also a Registered Parliamentarian.

For many years he has spoken at annual forums on condominium issues sponsored by the Community Associations Institute (CAI).   He is a member and former chair of the CAI’s Legislative Action Committee for Maine, advocating the interests of condominium associations before the Maine legislature.  He is currently a member of CAI National’s Government and Public Affairs Committee.  He also runs a website for Jensen Baird,, providing online resources for Maine condominium associations.

Joe is a former member of the Maine House of Representatives, where he served as assistant minority leader.  He was later elected Secretary of the Maine Senate, serving as chief administrative and parliamentary officer of that body.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University Law School.  He and his wife Patricia live in Kittery with Teddy, their Kerry Blue Terrier.


  • Dartmouth College, A.B. 1969
  • Boston University Law School, J.D. 1972


  • State of Maine
  • State of New Hampshire


  • Fellow, College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL)


  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Community Association Law and Condominiums and Real Estate Law
  • Hall of Fame, Community Association Institute – New England