Christopher Orlando joined the law firm Parker McCay as a shareholder in its municipal and real estate and redevelopment departments, the firm announced July 12.
Orlando will assist the firm’s governmental clients as they work to transform local law enforcement. He also has experience in matters including alternative energy, redevelopment and local government.
Most recently, Orlando was both county counsel for Camden County and executive director of the Camden County Improvement Authority. He’s worked with local governments for 15 years, and early on in his career developed the legal framework for the creation of the Camden County Metro Police Department, replacing the Camden City Police Department.
As Camden’s county counsel, Orlando worked closely with Metro leadership to develop rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures that focused on crime reduction through improving the relationship Camden City residents had with the police force, including through prioritizing community policing and introducing a de-escalation training program.
“We are thrilled to bring the key architect of the most successful police reform in the country to our firm,” says Parker McCay Chief Executive Officer Philip Norcross in a prepared statement.
“Chris’ experience will be extremely valuable as we work to restructure police departments for both our local government clients as well as municipalities outside of this region. In addition, working with developers and government officials, his experience will allow him to take innovative development projects from concept to completion with ease,” Norcross said. “We’re extremely fortunate to have his expertise as the firm continues to grow.”
As executive director of the CCIA, he transformed the organization into a successful development authority with multiple active and planned development projects throughout the county.
Orlando will practice out of the firm’s Camden office.