Name: John Perten
Job Title: Attorney/Shareholder
Company: Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green
Phone: (617) 897-5600
Location of Headquarters: Boston, MA
Years With Current Company: 11
Years as a BRAGB Member: +/- 20 years
Birthplace/Hometown: New York, NY
Family: Wife, 3 kids and a dog
College Attended: Cornell University, Suffolk University School of Law
First Job Unrelated to Field: Short order cook
First Job in Current Field: Associate Attorney
How Did You Get Into the Business: Started as social worker, then went back to law school so that I could more effectively advocate for clients.
What Does Your Business Do Now, and What Are Your Plans for the Future: We are a full service business law firm. I act as outside general counsel for many small to mid-size businesses, with a large number of them in the construction industry. I grew up professionally litigating, but now spend more time handling everyday business issues that arise in a non-litigation setting such as contract negotiations, employment, claims avoidance, etc. I hope to continue acting as a valuable teammate for clients.
Keys to Success: Communication, knowledge of field, ability to empathize, reasonable prices
If You Had to Choose a Different Profession, What Would It Be: A Management position in services organization
Are You Involved In Any Other Organizations Besides BRAGB: Yes – several within the construction and real estate industries.
What’s Something Most People Don’t Know About You: I play the banjo
Hobbies: Banjo, running, backpacking, cooking
Favorite TV Show Currently on the Air: Modern Family
Favorite Sports Team: Celtics/Patriots