Eric B. Tennen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Boston, MA

Swomley & Tennen, LLP
 | 50 Congress Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-861-8540
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007, 2013 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Appellate (40%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Eric B. Tennen is a partner at Swomley & Tennen, LLP, located in Boston, Massachusetts, and he provides representation to clients throughout the surrounding areas. He focuses his practice on criminal defense matters at both the trial and appellate levels, with a special emphasis on sex offenses and their associated collateral consequences, including involuntary civil commitment and sex offender registration.

Mr. Tennen completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, receiving his Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 1998. He went on to attend Boston University School of Law, where he was awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2001. Mr. Tennen then continued his legal education at SUNY Buffalo Law School and obtained his LL.M. in criminal law in 2004.

Prior to joining Swomley & Tennen, LLP, in 2004, Mr. Tennen served as a law clerk for a judge on the Massachusetts Appeals Court as well as for the Chief Justice of the High Court of American Samoa. His passionate and thorough advocacy on behalf of his clients since entering private practice has resulted in many victories, including winning a new trial for a client who was convicted in 1985 for the rape of a child due to ineffective assistance of the client's former trial and appellate attorneys.

The chairman of the board of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, Mr. Tennen is an active participant in the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (60%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Criminal Domestic Violence

Appellate (40%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Criminal Domestic Violence

Appellate: Appeals

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2007, 2013 - 2014

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About Eric Tennen

Admitted: 2002, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: http://www.swomleyandtennen.com/eric-tennen.html

Honors and Awards:

  • Recognized as "Massachusetts Rising Star" as published in Boston Magazine, 2013
  • Paul Liacos Mental Health Advocacy Award by the Committee for Public Counsel Services, 2011
  • Recognized as "Massachusetts Rising Star" as published in Boston Magazine, 2007

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Civil Liberties Union (Massachusetts)
  • Member, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, 2003
  • Massachusetts State Bar, 2002

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, 2008

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Risky Policies: How Effective Are Restrictions on Sex Offenders in Reducing Reoffending? (2014)
  • The Supreme Court’s Influence on the Death Penalty in America: A Hollow Hope? 14 B.U.Pub.Int.L.J. 251 (2005)
  • Is the Constitution in Harm's Way? Substantive Due Process and Criminal Law - 8 Boalt J. Crim. L. 3 (2004)
  • Boston University School of Law (2012): Sex Crimes seminar
  • Boston University Metropolitan College (2011- present): Criminal Procedure for the Criminal Justice master’s program
  • Boston University School of Law (2006-2010): Legal writing and research for first year law students

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Doe, No. 68549 vs. Sex Offender Registry, 470 Mass. 102 (2014) (amicus Brief)
  • L.L., a juvenile vs. Commonwealth, 470 Mass. 169 (2014) (amicus brief)
  • Doe v. Sex Offender Registry Board, 85 Mass. App. Ct. 482 (2014)
  • Moe v. Sex Offender Registry Board, 467 Mass. 598 (2014) (Amicus Brief)
  • Poe v. Sex Offender Registry Board, 456 Mass 801 (2010) (Amicus Brief)
  • Commonwealth v. Robinson, (2010)
  • Doe v. Chairman of the Parole Board, 454 Mass. 1018 (2009) (Amicus Brief)
  • Commonwealth v. Baran, 74 Mass. App. Ct. 256 (2009)

Educational Background:

  • University of Buffalo School of Law, LLM in Criminal Law, 2004
  • University of Michigan, B.A. with distinction, 1998
Office Location for Eric B. Tennen

50 Congress Street
Suite 600
Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 617-861-8540

 

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Last Updated: 6/6/2017

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