Jenner Named Partner at Duffy & Sweeney

Monday, January 15, 2018


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Christian Jenner

The law firm of Duffy & Sweeney has announced the addition of Christian Jenner as a partner, effective January 1, 2018.

About Jenner

Before joining Duffy & Sweeney in 2015, Jenner worked as an attorney in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and as legal counsel for the State of Rhode Island in the Office of the Governor.

He is a 2003 graduate of Georgetown University (summa cum laude) and a 2007 graduate of Harvard Law School (cum laude).

A resident of Rehoboth, MA and native of West Greenwich, Jenner is a board member of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America and Chairperson of its Friends of Scouting effort. He is also a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association.

He is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


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