Dennis E. McKenna

Dennis E. McKenna
Senior Partner / Litigation
Boston and New York Offices
617-692-3454 fax

Dennis is the chairperson of the firm’s litigation department and he is also a member of the firm’s executive committee. Dennis' practice is focused on land use disputes and complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation. He has extensive trial, appellate, and arbitration experience as lead counsel.

Dennis represents a wide spectrum of clients as both the plaintiff and defendant, including real estate developers, national and local financial institutions, and closely held corporations and partnerships in all manner of real estate and business disputes.

Dennis has tried numerous cases, both jury and non-jury, before the U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, as well as the Superior and District Courts and Land Court of Massachusetts. Dennis also represents clients in courts across the United States. In addition, Dennis has successfully arbitrated many disputes before several different nationally recognized arbitration services and has significant administrative hearing experience.

Representative Cases

  • Represented the majority stockholders in the landmark case of Brodie v. Jordan concerning duties among shareholders regarding the purchase of the shares of a minority stockholder, at trial, on appeal to the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and then on further appellate review to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
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  • Represented lender successfully in litigation involving a $98 million construction loan involving claims brought by the general contractor against the owner and lender for mechanic’s liens claims, as well as unjust enrichment and Chapter 93A violations
  • Represented joint venture partner to a successful jury verdict in defense of a $13 million claim brought by partner
  • Represented European wine importing company and its stockholders in an arbitration brought by the disgruntled purchaser of the business concerning alleged financial misrepresentations
  • Represented numerous developers in zoning appeals brought by competitors, neighborhood groups, and abutters
  • Represented purchaser of manufacturing company to recoup purchase price paid as a result of misrepresentations made concerning the financial condition and performance of the company
  • Represented national bank in lawsuit brought against numerous individuals and corporations who had defrauded the bank in an elaborate scheme
  • Represented mall owner in appeal to the Massachusetts Land Court of decision denying site plan special permit approval for the $20 million rehabilitation of an existing mall
  • Represented developer in successful lawsuit to enforce right to purchase and develop twenty-three home subdivision
  • Represented condominium developer in successful defense of a lawsuit brought by the condominium association alleging multiple claims related to creation of condominium development and construction of the complex
  • Counsel to leading charge card company in defense of claims brought by card holder related to Internet gambling activities
  • Counsel to a corporation accused of "freeze-out" type claims brought against it by a minority shareholder
  • Represented lenders of all sizes in successful defense of substantial lender liability claims
  • Represented businesses in prosecution and defense of trade secret, noncompete, and unfair trade practice cases
  • Represented financial institution in lawsuit against accounting firm for negligent preparation of borrower's financial statements

Cases Of Interest

  • Mary M. Brodie v. Robert J. Jordan, et al. 447 Mass. 866 (2006)
  • The Renovator's Supply, Inc. v. Sovereign Bank, 72 Mass. App. Ct. 419 (2008)
  • The Bank of Western Massachusetts v. Justice Enterprise, Massachusetts Appeals Court (2008)
  • Beaconsfield Townhouse Condominium Trust v. David Zussman, et al., 49 Mass. App. Ct. 757 (2000).
  • Tuite & Sons, Inc., et al. v. Shawmut Bank, N.A., 43 Mass. App. Ct. 751 (1997).
  • Shawmut Bank, N.A. v. William J. Chase, 34 Mass. App. Ct. 266 (1993).
  • BayBank Connecticut N.A. v. Robert Kravitz, et al., 170 F.R.D. 343, 37 Fed. R. Serv. 3d (Callaghan) 685 (D. Mass. 1997).

In The News

  • City Council ordered to modify $300K mitigation order - A Massachusetts Land Court judge ordered the Woburn City Council to modify or reduce the mitigation payment a developer must contribute for a 41-unit townhouse project after Riemer & Braunstein’s Dennis McKenna filed an appeal.
    Daily Times Chronicle, March 15, 2019
  • Low income housing decision discussed in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Dennis McKenna, a Senior Partner in Riemer & Braunstein LLP's litigation department, is interviewed about a decision of the Business Litigation Session and the Stay granted to his clients during the pendency of an appeal to the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, November 14, 2016
  • Luxury Condo Tower Proposed At 171 Tremont Street, Boston - A joint venture between a Swiss investor and Boston-based Center Court Boston LLC is proposing a 31-unit luxury condo tower at 171 Tremont St. in Boston. The project would replace a five-story, 17,742-square-foot commercial building that is currently vacant with a 355-foot-tall tower overlooking Boston Common, according to Dennis McKenna, an attorney for Boston-based Riemer & Braunstein, which represents the developers.
    Banker & Tradesman - December 30, 2014
  • Judge rules in favor of bank in mechanic's lien case - Dennis McKenna discusses his work that resulted in a recent Superior Court decision providing certainty to the lending community. The court's decision makes clear for the first time that the mechanic's lien statute will protect a lender's mortgage position on a construction project after a mechanic's lien has been filed.
    Banker & Tradesman, July 22, 2009


American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
New York State Bar Association


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Supreme Court
State of New York
United States District Court, Southern District of New York


Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1990
Stonehill College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1987