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Ronald W. Ruth is former managing partner of Sherin and Lodgen, a partner in the Real Estate Department and co-chair of the Environmental Law Group. He concentrates his practice on environmental, real estate and land use law. Ron became a LEED Accredited Professional in July 2008.

Intensely involved in brownfield issues, Ron has represented owners and tenants in connection with numerous sites that have been successfully redeveloped from abandoned manufacturing or industrial operations into commercial developments. He is particularly familiar with the complicated problems arising from the construction of projects undertaken on contaminated properties. In addition, Ron represents petroleum distributors and other marketers with regard to gasoline supply, real estate and the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act.

Prior to joining the firm, Ron practiced at the Boston firm of Ropes & Gray LLP and was Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Environmental Law Enforcement. After graduation from law school, he was law clerk to Chief Justice Alan Hale of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Contact & Links


  • 101 Federal Street
    Boston, MA 02110


  • Allegheny College, BA
  • Northeastern University , J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bar Association

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Environmental Law
  • Real Estate Law

Outside Counsel to The Stop & Shop Supermarketing Company

Outside counsel to The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC (including Giant Food Supermarkets), which has over 500 locations throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, regarding brownfields, hazardous materials compliance, environmental compliance and environmental insurance claims

Prospective Purchase Agreement

Negotiated Prospective Purchase Agreement with Region 2 of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding brownfield redevelopment of CERCLA site, a former airplane manufacturing facility on Long Island, New York

Represented Waste Hauler

Waste hauler during EPA investigation and claim for reimbursement by EPA and other PRPs for remediation in connection with CERCLA site in Attleboro, Massachusetts

Disposition of Real Estate

Manufacturers of electronic equipment in connection with disposition of real estate in California, Texas and other states

Brownfield Site Settlement Negotiation

Condominium developer in connection with brownfield site in Norwood, Massachusetts, including negotiation of settlement of CERCLA claims in Region 1 of EPA arising from former metal reclamation facility operations

Acquisition of 180-store Chain

Major retailer in connection with environmental due diligence for acquisition of 180-store chain in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

Environmental Insurance Policy

Environmental engineering company in connection with negotiation of environmental insurance policy to support $12 million fixed fee remediation project

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