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.