Mary Elizabeth Tenn, a Manchester trial lawyer, takes office as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association on June 19, 2015 at the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. As president of the Association, which represents all lawyers licensed to practice law in the state, Tenn said she intends to focus the culture of professionalism and civility that characterizes the practice of law in the state.
Tenn, a New Hampshire native, practices with the law firm of Tenn And Tenn, PA along with her three siblings James J. Tenn, Jr., John J. Tenn and Annmarie A. Tenn. Notably, Tenn is the second person in her family and in her firm to serve as president of the NH Bar Association, and follows her brother James J. Tenn, Jr. a past president of the New Hampshire Bar Association in 2009-2010. This year, Tenn And Tenn, PA, marks its 20th year of existence.
Tenn received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review. She received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded membership in the National Jesuit Honor Society—The Order of the Cross and Crown.
Tenn is a frequent trial advisor for the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School and a judge for the Harvard Law School First-year Moot Court Program. Before joining Tenn And Tenn in 2001, Tenn practiced in Massachusetts at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr, now Wilmer Hale. During that time, Tenn also served as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County and prosecuted cases on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Tenn also serves as vice-chair of the NH Board of Bar Examiners by appointment of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Tenn also has served on the Professional Conduct Committee, and the Professional Conduct Hearings Committee of the Attorney Discipline Office. She recently completed a term as president of the Manchester Bar Association, and continues on its executive committee. In 2005, Tenn received the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Robert E. Kirby award presented to a lawyer under the age of 35 who demonstrates the traits of civility, courtesy, perspective, and excellence in the practice of law.
Tenn is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire class of 2003, and subsequently served on the organizations Board of Trustees. She also is past board member of the Girl Scout’s of Swift Water Council.
Tenn lives in Manchester with her husband and two children.
Tenn And Tenn, PA is a trial law firm located in Manchester, NH and the firm’s lawyers handle cases throughout New Hampshire, including personal injury cases, divorce and parenting disputes, and criminal matters. Mary’s practice areas include personal injury cases and domestic relations matters, and business disputes. Mary is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She also is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.