Chris Kenney, a co-founder of Kenney & Sams, P.C., is a nationally recognized litigator and advocate who has successfully tried cases before every level of the state and federal trial court system in Massachusetts. In addition, he's handled appeals before the Massachusetts Appellate Division, Massachusetts Appeals Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Chris brings his experience as an exceptional trial lawyer to all work with clients - advice, risk management, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and courtroom strategy.
Chris advises and defends companies, organizations and individuals on contracts and agreements, construction and development, workforce management and product integrity and safety. His clients are local and national, and represent industries as diverse as real estate, construction, manufacturing, health care, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and food service. Chris also represents public officials and political candidates on election law and public policy matters.
Whether defending a multi-million dollar development project or negotiating the dissolution of a partnership, Chris is known for his determination, passion, and preparation as he devises effective strategies that achieve clients’ objectives. While known as a formidable, tenacious adversary, Chris values and advances respectful working relationships with all parties to a dispute.
Over the years, Chris has fostered strong business connections and professional relationships through work with local, national and international bar associations and appointments to commissions and committees. The Massachusetts Attorney General appointed Chris to a six-year term as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Commonwealth in construction defect claims, constitutional law and eminent domain matters.
Chris is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, was named “2012 Massachusetts Defense lawyer of the Year” by the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, is a Boston Magazine “Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts” honoree, and is additionally recognized by New England Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America©. Most recently Chris serves as the President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and served as the 2018 Director of the IADC Trial Academy at Stanford University Law School. He served on the adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Law, and frequently writes and lectures for business groups, trade associations and bar associations.