Ronald W. Ruth is managing partner of the firm. 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. Recipient, Public Service Award, Massachusetts Chapter, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, 2004. Law Clerk to Chief Justice Allan M. Hale, Massachusetts Appeals Court, 1980-1981. Member, Editorial Board, Development Magazine, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties - NAIOP, 2004—. Member, 1999-2003 and Chairman, 2001-2002, Finance Committee and Chairman, Community Preservation Act Committee, 2005—, Town of Needham. Speaking Engagements and Publications: • "State Regulatory Programs - Reports from the Field," speaker, The Big Deal: Atlanta 2010, National Brownfield Association, March 23, 2010 • "Enforcing the Green Lease," Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, October 2009 • "Time to speak up on refining state's Ocean Plan," Mass High Tech, July 24, 2009 • "Can Enviro Lawyers Learn to Live with New Paradigm?," Law360.com, February 18, 2009 • "MEPA & NEPA Case Law Update," speaker, MEPA & NEPA: New Developments in Implementation, Litigation and Legislation, Law Seminars International, June 2008 • "The Biolab Case and MEPA: Supreme Judicial Court's Decision in Allen v. BRA," speaker, Boston Bar Association Environmental Law section event, February 2008 • "Imposing Activity and Use Limitations May Offer an Escape Hatch for Tenants," with Ani E. Ajemian, Banker & Tradesman, February 11, 2008 • "The Massachusetts Endangered Species Act Working with Land Trusts," Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, The Trustees of Reservations' Putnam Conservation Institute and Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition, 2007 • "Recent Development in Land Use Permitting," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Boston Bar Association, 2007 • "All Politics is Local," panelist, Public Interest Leadership Program, Boston Bar Association, 2006 • "Massachusetts Endangered Species Act Regulatory Changes," Environmental Law Section, Boston Bar Association, 2006 • Moderator and panelist in seminars presented for various business groups including in 2000-2002 and 2004, for The National Association of National and Office Properties and in 2000, 2002, and 2004 for The International Council of Shopping Centers • "Environmental Issues Arising in Leases," International Counsel of Shopping Centers Law Conference, October 2002 • "Managing Environmental Risks through Insurance," with Richard D. Jones and Ivan De Voren, International Counsel of Shopping Centers Law Conference, 2000 • "Brownfields Gray Soil Poses Extra Cost to Development," Banker & Tradesman, January 31, 2000 • "Zoning Opinions," chap., Massachusetts Zoning and Land Use Law.