Robert W. Tennant, Esquire (Retired June, 2018)

Telephone: (617) 964-1300
Facsimile: (617) 964-1307

Attorney Tennant graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota and received his Juris Doctorate degree from New England School of Law in Boston. Attorney Tennant has been practicing law in the Newton area since 1976, concentrating on real estate conveyancing, business law, probate and administration of estates, and tort law.Bob Tennant

A member of the American Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association, he is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, U.S. District Court and the Massachusetts state courts. He currently serves as an arbitrator for the Massachusetts Bar Association Fee Arbitration Board and is a licensed insurance and real estate broker.

Active in numerous civic organizations, Attorney Tennant is the past president of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton and the Newton Kiwanis Club, past Master of Norumbega & Brookline Lodge, A.F. & A.M., a member of Aleppo Temple of Shriners, and the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce, and former VIP and Metrowest chair of the Massachusetts Easter Seal Society. He has held directorships in the American Red Cross, Newton Masonic Associates, Fund for the Arts in Newton, Newton Kiwanis Charitable Foundation, and the Keystone Adolescent Program for troubled teenagers.

Attorney Tennant is a former federal attorney for the U. S. Small Business Administration, Disaster Branch (Boston) and legal counsel to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Disaster Recovery Team. He has directed and produced Boston area radio and television talk shows on WBZ and WHDH radio and WNAC-TV, WLVI-TV and WQTV.


Areas of Practice: (See, Practice Areas for a description of each.)

  • Real Estate, commercial and residential
  • Business/Corporate/Commercial matters

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1976


  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1976, Juris Doctor
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1972 Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association, Current Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Current Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Fee Arbitration, 1990 - Present, Arbitrator and Former Director
  • Business Networking International (BNI) Needham, Member, Former President
  • The Village Bank, Former Director

Civic Associations and Memberships:

  • Aleppo Temple of Shriners, Current Member
  • American Red Cross, Former Director
  • Funds for the Arts in Newton, Former Director
  • Keystone Adolescent Program, Former Director
  • Massachusetts Easter Seal Society, Former VIP
  • Massachusetts Easter Seal Society, Former Boston Metrowest Chair
  • Massachusetts Easter Seals, Former Member, Board of Delegates
  • John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, 1976 – Present, Current Director and Vice-President, Past President
  • Newton Kiwanis Club, Former Director and Past President
  • Newton Kiwanis Charitable Foundation, Former Director
  • Newton Masonic Associates, 1982 – Present, Current President, Assistant Treasurer, and Director
  • Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce, 1976 – Present, Member
  • Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce, Lawyers Council, Former Chair
  • Norumbega Fraternity Lodge, A.F. & A.M., 1981 – Present, Current Member
  • Norumbega & Brookline Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Past Master, 1988 – 1989

Honors and Awards:

  • Newton Good Scout Award, 2009
  • Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce, Beacon Award, 2007
  • City of Newton Mayor's Medallion Award, 2004