Attorney Robert Fennessy’s animal law career has spanned nearly a quarter of a century. He worked for the MSPCA Law Enforcement Department as an animal abuse investigator, prosecutor, and Deputy Director. In 2002, Mr. Fennessy was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, and shortly thereafter opened a law practice in Walpole, MA with a satellite office in Plainville, MA. It was only logical that animal law cases would follow him into his new profession.
Attorney Fennessy has been retained as in-house counsel to a number of small humane societies in Massachusetts, and has litigated many cases of animal injuries and deaths in the Massachusetts Court system. In 2007, he was honored in Massachusetts as the “Up and Coming Lawyer of the Year” for his work in Animal Rights Law. Admitted as a member of the Bar of the highest Courts in Massachusetts, Attorney Fennessy has also been admitted to practice before the United States District Courts, and the United States Supreme Court. He is routinely quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and in the Boston area media on issues relating to Animal Law and Rights.
A graduate of Northeastern University (B.S.), Boston University (M. Ed.), and the Southern New England School of Law (J.D.), Attorney Fennessy now teaches Animal Law and Rights and Municipal Law and Government at the Southern New England School of Law, where he is an adjunct professor of law. He concentrates his law practice in the areas of Animal Law, Municipal Law, Employment Law, and Family Law, yet he contends that it is the animal law cases that are often the most difficult and time-consuming to work on, the most costly in net gain, yet can be the most satisfying to litigate.
A well known “community advocate” in his hometown of Plainville, MA, Attorney Fennessy provides pro-bono legal representation to the elders of both Walpole, MA and Plainville, MA through their councils on aging, and to many members of the United States Armed Forces. In his leisure, Attorney Fennessy takes pleasure in spending time with his two daughters and their two Pomeranians.