Ruth H. Silman

Ruth Silman concentrates her practice on complex environmental, energy and land use matters. Ruth leads Nixon Peabody’s Climate Change team, an interdisciplinary group of lawyers and environmental specialists focused on meeting the challenges and seizing the opportunities emerging from legislative, regulatory and judicial actions related to climate change.

What do you focus on?

I love the depth and breadth of my practice because there is always a new issue or development.

Siting and Permitting

I work with clients to obtain environmental, zoning and land use permits and approvals for their projects. My clients include renewable energy developers, manufacturers, business owners, real estate developers, investors, private landowners and municipalities.

Regulatory Compliance

I help clients navigate through environmental and energy regulations to comply with existing rules, prepare for future provisions and understand evolving issues. One of my specialties is the Clean Air Act; currently, I am working with a number of manufacturing clients facing permitting and enforcement matters.

Climate Change and Sustainability

I represent companies who are impacted by climate change and climate change policy. We collaborate on how to face the new realities posed by climate change, as well as how to implement sustainable practices to prevent further impacts to the environment. I am working with a large beverage client on reducing water impacts and water conservation measures.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see the need to address environmental, energy and sustainability issues in a holistic fashion to help my clients implement processes that work for their growing businesses. Sea level rise and the effects of climate change require proactive measures and thoughtful planning to protect physical assets and ensure that my clients can continue to operate their businesses.


  • “Managing Your EH&S Risks through Auditing,” Legal Aspects of Audits, Marlborough, MA, April 2016
  • NEPOOL Panel, Environmental Markets Association Northeast Renewable Energy Credits Roundtable, New York, NY, March 2016
  • “REC Market Dynamics and Trading: Emphasis on Eastern Markets,” EUCI U.S./Canada Cross-border Power Summit post-conference workshop, Boston, MA, March 2016

Out with mahogany, in with white walls

Boston Globe | January 29, 2019

CEO and Managing Partner Andrew Glincher and Boston Office Managing Partner Ruth Silman are quoted in this story highlighting the collaborative features and city-specific artwork at the new Boston office at 53 State Street.

Review supports Tennessee Gas on pipeline project

The Republican | October 28, 2018

Boston Office Managing Partner Ruth Silman is mentioned in this story for her representation of Tennessee Gas, which is seeking approval to improve its compressor station in Agawam and construct a new pipeline loop.

Waterfront Developers Prepare for a Sea Change

The Boston Globe | February 10, 2018

Focusing on climate resiliency and adaptation in Mass

Law360 | September 26, 2017

Boston office managing partner and energy and environmental partner Ruth Silman authored this article about Massachusetts’ plans and strategies for addressing climate change.

Former rep Fernandes joins law firm Nixon Peabody

MetroWest Daily News | July 20, 2017

This article features the arrival of Boston public finance counsel John Fernandes to Nixon Peabody. The coverage mentions that John was introduced to the firm through public finance partner Jim Vallee and quotes Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman.

Meet the managing partner: Nixon Peabody’s Ruth Silman

BBA Week | June 13, 2017

This profile features Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman. The article highlights her career, practice focus and vision for the Boston office.

The commanding presence of quiet leaders

TechTarget | December 28, 2016

This article highlights the recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology CFO Summit that focused on the effects introverted leaders can have on an organization.  Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman is noted for moderating a panel discussion on leadership at the event.

The sleigh is packed and ready for takeoff

Boston Globe | December 22, 2016

This article is about Globe Santa, a charitable program in Massachusetts that helps children in need during the holidays.  The story highlights Nixon Peabody’s $3,700 donation this year and includes Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman and practice assistant Pam DiBella who led the fundraising efforts.

A Better City’s power play

The Boston Globe | October 24, 2016

This article highlights an energy deal with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston Medical Center, and the Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation. Boston office managing partner Ruth Silman is mentioned in the article for representing A Better City in facilitating this innovative solar power purchase agreement.


Ruth H. Silman



Phone: 617-345-6062

Fax: 866-947-1897

Boston University School of Law, J.D.

Cornell University, B.A.


Rhode Island

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

Ruth was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the field of Environmental Law. Ruth has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2011.

Ruth has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 for Environment (Massachusetts). She has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years.

Ruth was selected by her peers for induction into the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2017.

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