Today's Hemenway & Barnes is the proud incarnation of a fiduciary custom that goes back to our founding in the 19th century and well before. That was when the region's prosperous sea captains, away from home for long periods, would often entrust lawyers to watch over their wealth and other assets, business affairs and families.
For almost 150 years, New England's individuals and families of means, businesses both private and public, and nonprofit organizations, have sought our trusted counsel. Thanks to these loyal clients, often spanning several generations, the people at Hemenway & Barnes have earned a long-held reputation as premier trustees, advisors and attorneys.
We have been true to our purpose. Our clients and peers regard Hemenway & Barnes as a leading resource for the preservation and management of personal, business, family and financial assets and the sophisticated issues that naturally arise.
Many of our client relationships begin simply. Someone turns to us for help with an initial issue or need. Over time, this evolves into a close, trusted, long-term relationship.
While our clients vary in size and complexity, they share a common interest. They come to value the personal attention, unparalleled skill and legacy of trust for which we have become known.
Our firm traces its origins to 1863, an era when lawyers often acted as trustees for New England's most prosperous sea-farers. Stillman Boyd Allen, John Davis Long and Thomas Savage established a law office in that year to serve New England's thriving business community and its wealthy families and their institutions. Alfred Hemenway soon joined the three, and the firm of Allen, Long and Hemenway was born.
These young lawyers were the first in a long line of leaders - both in the law and the civic life of Boston and Massachusetts - associated with the firm. Long, for example, would later serve as Governor of Massachusetts, a member of the United States Congress and Secretary of the Navy under President McKinley. Hemenway became the architect of the Massachusetts land registration system.
By the time Charles B. Barnes joined the firm in 1893, our course was set. More than a century later, Hemenway & Barnes has never wavered from the timeless values of skill, integrity, trust, hard work and vision. Ours is still - and will always remain - a trusted Boston law firm dedicated to a single mission: The management and protection of the financial, personal, business and charitable interests of our clients.