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Robert C. Tenney

230 S. Second Street

P.O. Box 22680

Yakima, WA 98907

Email:           Tel: (509) 575-8500                        Fax: (509) 575-4676                            

Mr. Tenney has been active in his community including youth sports, as a Trustee of the United Way Foundation, as a Member of the Board of Directors of United Way, as a Member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross, and as a church elder.  He is a past Commissioner of the Yakima County Planning Commission, and has twice chaired the Yakima County Bench-Bar Committee.  He is a past President of the Yakima County Bar Association and a former Trustee of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Tenney is semi-retired.

About Mr. Tenney

​Mr. Tenney is a founding member of the Yakima law firm of Meyer, Fluegge & Tenney, P.S.  During 40 years of private practice he concentrated on civil trial work, primarily for the defense.  Mr. Tenney has tried numerous jury and bench trials and arbitrations.  He has extensive arbitration and mediation experience, both as an advocate for a party and as the arbitrator or mediator.  He was a mandatory arbitrator for Yakima County.  He has also been appointed a Special Attorney General for the State of Washington.

Mr. Tenney has been peer selected as an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers 2010-2017.  He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Tenney has been selected to the 2003 and 2005-2020 Washington Super Lawyers List.  Each year no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Appellate Advocacy
Washington Supreme Court

  • Henne v. City of Yakima, 182 Wn.2d 447, 341, P.3d (2015), as corrected (Apr. 7, 2015)

  • Western Farm Services, Inc. v. Olsen, 151 Wn.2d 645 (2004)


  • Buchanan v. Simplot Feeders, Ltd. Partnership, 134 Wn.2d 673 (1998)


  • Goucher v. J.R. Simplot Co., 104 Wn.2d 662 (1985)


Washington Court of Appeals



  • Schreiner Farms, Inc. v. Am. Tower, Inc., 173 Wn. App. 154, 293 P.3d 407 (2013)


  • Hahn v. Chelan-Douglas Behavioral Health Clinic, 153 Wn. App. 1004 (2009) (unpublished)


  • Evans & Sons, Inc. v. City of Yakima, 136 Wn. App. 471 (2006)


  • Grant v. Boccia, 133 Wn. App. 176 (2006)


  • Colbert v. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Com’n, 124 Wn. App. 821 (2004)


  • Lakes v. von der Mehden, 117 Wn. App. 212 (2003)


  • Western Farm Services, Inc. v. Olsen, 114 Wn. App. 508 (2002)


  • Allen v. Providence Health Systems-Washington, 107 Wn. App. 1021 (2001) (unpublished)


  • Hsieh v. State of Washington Dept. of Ecology, 104 Wn. App. 1002 (2001) (unpublished)


  • Coe v. Reinke, 93 Wn. App. 1088 (1998) (unpublished)


  • Wilson v. Sunnyside Community Hospital, 91 Wn. App. 1074 (1998) (unpublished)


  • Robinson for and on Behalf of Robinson v. Pemco Ins. Co., 71 Wn. App. 746 (1993)


  • Barnard v. Compugraphic Corp., 35 Wn. App. 414 (1983)


  • Bechard v. Dalrymple, 189 Wn. App. 1044 (2015)


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Mills v. Blackburn, 274 F. App'x 563 (9th Cir. 2008) (unpublished)

Areas of Practice

Civil Litigation

Employment Law

Municipal Law

Civil Rights Law


University of Washington, B.A., 1972

University of Puget Sound, J.D., 1979

  • Cum Laude



Admitted to Practice

State Courts

  • Washington

Federal Trial Courts

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Federal Courts of Appeal

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


2010 - present

2010 - present

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