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Mary K. Ryan

Partner / Boston

Overview

Mary K. Ryan is a partner in Nutter's Litigation Department and a member of the Development, Land Use and Permitting practice group. Mary’s practice includes substantial trial and appellate cases in the state and federal courts, particularly in environmental litigation, as well as administrative hearings and proceedings.

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Mary has significant expertise in federal and state hazardous waste litigation, including CERCLA and Ch. 21E (federal and state Superfund) cases and related insurance coverage issues, as well as various land use issues. She was one of the lead trial counsel for AVX Corporation in the New Bedford Harbor PCB litigation and lead counsel in several related matters. In 1997, Mary was appointed a special assistant attorney general representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Ruggles Center indoor air pollution litigation. She has handled environmental matters for companies such as ConocoPhillips, Whittaker Corporation, Applied Power, Inc., and the Resolution Trust Corporation, as well as for the City of Boston and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. She previously served as environmental counsel for the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation in connection with the redevelopment of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station into the smart growth, mixed use community of SouthField.

Among her numerous leadership positions in the bar, Mary served as president of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) in 1997-1998. She is a former clerk and board member of the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, and was the founding co-chair of its Environmental Committee. She served as president of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, chaired the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1999-2011, and is the Clerk of the Environmental Business Council of New England.

Mary is also an active member of the American Bar Association (ABA). She is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and currently serves as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service. Since August 2014 Mary has been co-chair of the ABA’s Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants, a presidential initiative to provide more pro bono assistance to children in the immigration system without lawyers. She is a past chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, a past member of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and has been active with the ABA Litigation Section’s Environmental Litigation Committee.

A frequent lecturer and writer on hazardous waste and environmental litigation issues, Mary was a faculty member of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.’s Annual Environmental and Land Use Conference from 2008 to 2014, focusing on environmental permitting litigation.

During law school, Mary was a member of the Order of the Coif. Upon graduation from law school, she served as law clerk and then chief law clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts and as law clerk to the Honorable Ruth I. Abrams, former associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

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Honors

Honors

  • American College of Environmental Lawyers
  • Client Choice Award, 2017
  • Chambers and Partners, Leading U.S. Environmental Attorney, 2004-2017
  • Acritas Stars™
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America (25+ years)
  • MLRI Catalyst for Change Award, 2015 
  • Who's Who Legal: Environment, 2012-2017
  • Boston Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award, 2011
  • Boston College Law School’s St. Thomas More Award, 2011
  • Best Lawyers Environmental "Lawyer of the Year," 2011
  • Lexology’s Client Choice Guide – USA & Canada 2013-2014
  • Lexology’s Client Choice Guide – International 2013  
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2011-2015
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2009
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Top 50 Female, 2004, 2005, 2007-2009
  • Stephen G. Lewis Environmental Award, 2004
  • Leila J. Robinson Award, 2003
  • Dennis Maguire Pro Bono Award, 1999
  • William J. Kenealy, S.J. Alumnus of the Year Award, 1998
  • Pinnacle Award for Achievement in the Professions, 1998

Education & Admissions

Education

Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

Tufts University, B.A., magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Notable Experience

Mary has significant expertise in federal and state hazardous waste litigation, including CERCLA and Ch. 21E (federal and state Superfund) cases and related insurance coverage issues, as well as various land use issues. She was one of the lead trial counsel for AVX Corporation in the New Bedford Harbor PCB litigation and lead counsel in several related matters.

Noteworthy

American College of Environmental Lawyers

Client Choice Award, 2017

Chambers and Partners, Leading U.S. Environmental Attorney, 2004-2017

Acritas Stars™

The Best Lawyers in America (25+ years)

Boston Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award, 2011

Stephen G. Lewis Environmental Award, 2004

Pinnacle Award for Achievement in the Professions, 1998