William J. Tinti, Esq. – President

President of the Salem, Massachusetts law firm of Tinti, Quinn, Grover & Frey, P.C., William J. Tinti is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Boston College School of Law.  Mr. Tinti has been admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Bar of the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court.  He has been certified as a Land Court Title Examiner by the Land Court of Massachusetts, is listed as a Historic Preservation Lawyer by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and as Bond Counsel in the Directory of Municipal Bond Attorneys of the United States.  Tinti is listed in the publications, “Who’s Who in American Law”, “Who’s Who of Professionals”, and the international “Who’s Who Directory”.

In his career, Tinti has tried cases in and appeared before the different levels of the court system in Massachusetts, including District Courts, Superior Courts, Probate Courts, Land Court, Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court.  He has served as Counsel to many banking institutions, corporations, partnerships, trusts, non-profit and charitable organizations, individuals and various city, town and regional agencies and departments. Tinti has been engaged in the general practice of law with specializations in merger and acquisition, banking law, real estate law, historic preservation law, affordable housing development, commercial and industrial real estate development, leasing, financing, administrative law, and municipal law.

In addition to private practice of law, Tinti has served in government as legislative assistant to Congressman Michael J. Harrington (6th District – Massachusetts), nine years as City Solicitor of the City of Salem and as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Historical Commission for six years.

Tinti has been involved in many civic activities, such as Chairman of the Salem Redevelopment Authority, Chairman of the Zoning Committee of City of Salem, served on the Land Records Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Essex County Health Association, Council Member of the Public Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Director of the North Shore Business Finance Corporation, member of National Institute of Municipal Law Officers Committee on Zoning and Planning, Legal Committee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Chairman of the North Shore Workforce Investment Board.

Tinti served on the faculty of Suffolk University School of Administration as a senior lecturer teaching courses in Administrative Strategies of Local Government and the Legal Basis of Public Management.  He has lectured and
authored articles on land use, historic preservation and zoning, including the section on “Design Review from a Legal Point of View” in the classic book “Old & New Architecture” published by The Preservation Press of the National Trust For Historic Preservation.

In 1988, Tinti was the recipient of the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s 25th Anniversary Preservation Award.  In 2005, he was honored with the Preservation Award of the National Register Hawthorne Hotel at an annual award ceremony.   He has also been singled out by The New York Times for playing a key role in the award-winning redevelopment of downtown Salem.  He has authored and represented clients in unique plans bringing together private and public funding for many projects.

Tinti is past president and currently on the executive committee of the Salem Partnership, a non-profit public-service partnership including nearly one hundred members from business, industry, education, government and cultural institutions, a prime mover in the redevelopment of the City of Salem.

Tinti is past Chairman and now counsel to the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, the regional Chamber consisting of approximately 1,600 businesses located throughout the North Shore. Tinti was elected as Chairman of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce for 2014. North Shore Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization North of Boston and the third largest Chamber of Commerce in Massachusetts.

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Tinti served as Co-Chairman of the North Shore School-To-Work Committee which oversaw the Federally and State funded School-To-Work Programs developed by two partnerships representing most of the public school systems on the North Shore.  The programs utilized Federal and State funding to make the educational process meaningful in the context of the needs of the workplace.  Tinti is a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation which is responsible for funding to organizations committed to furthering the justice system.

Tinti has served on a number of Corporate and Non-Profit Boards including the Board of Overseers of the Peabody-Essex Museum, Committee of the Yankee Clipper Council Boy Scouts of America, and Co-Chairman of the North of Boston Regional Center at Salem State College.  Tinti is presently serving as Clerk of the Essex National Heritage Commission, Inc., on the Salem State School of Business and Economics Business Leader Advisory Council, on the Board of Trustees and as Vice President of the North Shore Music Theatre, and as Director of The First National Bank of Ipswich.

Tinti served as the Chairman of the North Shore Major Investment Study Steering Committee for Mass Transportation Improvements, established and funded under Federal Law, which has responsibility in cooperation with the MBTA to determine the current needs and future course of rapid transit and mass transit development on the North Shore.  The Steering Committee is made up of representatives from the major educational, environmental, social service and labor organizations and the largest communities in the region.  Tinti was elected Chairman by the members of the Steering Committee.

Tinti was appointed and is currently serving as the Chairman of the North Shore Workforce Investment Board, an organization established by Federal Statute, which is responsible for workforce development in the North Shore region under both Federal and State law administering three career centers in Salem, Gloucester and Lynn. Tinti also serves as President and on the Executive Committee of the statewide Massachusetts Workforce Board Association which is the state organization for all sixteen Workforce Investment Boards.  In 2010, Tinti was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Workforce Boards, the organization representing all of the Workforce Investment Boards throughout the United States.

In 2009, Tinti was named one of the 100 most influential people on the North Shore by the Salem Evening News.

In 2010, Tinti was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as a member of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council which is the main Planning Agency for the greater Boston area.

In 2011, Tinti was presented with an Award by Historic Salem, Inc. for his services as Chairman of the Salem Redevelopment Authority in promoting historic preservation values.

In 2013, Tinti was appointed to the Governor’s Small Business Roundtable.