Ruth H. Silman

In Memoriam

Nixon Peabody has lost a dear colleague and friend in Ruth Silman. Ruth lived her life with strength, grace, and gratitude. She brought passion and energy in each interaction she had with both her clients and colleagues.


Ruth began her career at Nixon Peabody as an associate in 2000. She focused her practice on complex environmental, energy, and land use matters. Some of her proudest professional accomplishments include her work on the Old Colony development in South Boston, MA, and the redevelopment of the Ames Shovel Works in Easton, MA.


As the first female Office Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody’s Boston office, one of Ruth’s most visible contributions was her leadership in the buildout of the firm’s Boston office space, which opened in 2019. Colleagues have affectionately nicknamed the office, “the house that Ruth built.”


Outside of work, Ruth sat on the boards of the Environmental Business Council of New England and the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center in her hometown of Harvard, Massachusetts.


Ruth will be greatly missed, and our thoughts are with her family.

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