Ruth Silman concentrates her practice on complex environmental, energy and land use matters. Ruth serves as the managing partner of the firm’s Boston office, and 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.
I love the depth and breadth of my practice because there is always a new issue or development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Boston Globe | February 10, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boston University School of Law, J.D.
Cornell University, B.A.
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.