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.
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.
Law360 | January 31, 2020
Boston Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Ruth Silman, who was recently named to Massachusetts’ new Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, talks about how the legal profession is often seen as not conducive to health and wellness, and offers suggestions to begin changing the culture.
Boston Business Journal | January 15, 2020
This article mentions Boston Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Ruth Silman as a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, a newly created panel tasked with implementing concrete steps to improve the way the Massachusetts legal sector treats mental health and workload issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.