Richard J. Snyder has a broad background in the areas of business law, lending, real estate and international law. He serves as legal counsel and advisor to business entities of all sizes, including for-profit and not-for-profit institutions and domestic and foreign corporations. Much of his practice involves developing business and legal initiatives and supervising complex transactions in which large legal teams represent each party.
Mr. Snyder represents banks of all sizes in a wide variety of secured and unsecured commercial lending transactions.
Mr. Snyder represents high net worth individuals, including their foundations and family offices. Consequently, he is experienced in the construction, purchase and financing of aircraft, yachts and residential complexes worldwide as well as the transfer of assets and business activities between multinational jurisdictions.
Mr. Snyder served as a White House summer intern and was a trial lawyer with the Department of Justice before entering private practice in 1966. He continues to be active in civic and charitable endeavors, serving in state and municipal positions as well as chairing college and civic boards and committees.
A member of the American, Massachusetts, Vermont and Boston bar associations, he is or has been listed in Who's Who in the East (First Listed 1986), Who's Who in America (First Listed 1986), Who's Who in the World (First Listed 1987), Who's Who in American Law (First Listed 3rd Edition) and Who's Who in Finance and Industry (First Listed 1989). In 2004, he was first listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
Mr. Snyder is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Vermont. He is a 1966 graduate of Georgetown University (LL.M.), a 1963 honors graduate of Boston University School of Law and an honors graduate of Babson College where he majored in accounting.
Areas of Practice
- Real Estate Law
- Business Law
- International Law
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. Court of Claims
- Supreme Court of the United States
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1966
- Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1963
- Babson College, B.S., with honors, 1960
- Duane Morris LLP
- Of Counsel, 2006-present
- Partner, 2003-2005
- Private Practice, 1966-2003
- United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
- Trial Attorney, 1963-1966
American Bar Association (to 2015)
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Foundation
- Member, Grant Advisory Committee, IOLTA Grants Program
- Vermont Bar Association
Boston Bar Association (to 2015)
- American Business Law Association
- Chairman, Real Property Committee, 1967-1977
- North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association
- President, 1966-1969
- Babson College, Graduate School
- Guest Lecturer, 1991-present
- Lecturer on Law, 1967-1976
Honors and Awards
- In 2017, Babson College named the road leading to the Babson Executive Conference Center as Snyder Drive in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Snyder's many contributions to the college community.
- Listed in:
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in Finance and Industry
Massachusetts Super Lawyers by Boston Magazine
- AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Babson College Alumni Association
- President, 1977-1979
- Babson College Corporation
- Member, 1977-1996
- Chairman, 1989-1996
- Babson College Board of Trustees
- Member, 1977-1989
- Chairman, 1983-1989
- Member, Audit Committee, 1983-present
- Trustee Emeritus, 2008-present
- Babson College Board of Overseers
- Member, 2000-2010
- Chairman, Board of Directors, 1987-1989
- Babson College Global Advisory Board Executive Committee, 2009-present
- New England Deaconess Hospital
- Member of Corporation, 1992-1996
- Member, Audit Committee, 1993-1996
Boston Architectural College
- Special Committee on Governance, 2007-present
- Member, Board of Overseers, 2008-2009
- Trustee, 2009-present
- Co-Chair, Audit Committee, 2009-present
- Chair, Development Committee, 2016-present
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Member, Board of Overseers, 1996-2014
- Overseer Emeritus, 2014-present
- Member, Executive Committee, 1999-2007
- Member, Audit Committee 1996-present
WBUR Public Radio
- Member, Board of Advisors, 2005-2016
- Member, Board of Overseers, 2005-present
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
- Member, Board of Directors, 2001-2014
- Chairman, Audit Committee, 2006-2014
- Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications
- Chairman of the Board, 1989-1999
- The Sunday School, Inc.
- Member, Board of Directors, 1974-1984
- President, 1979-1984
Civic and Charitable Activities
- Town of Nahant, Massachusetts Planning Board
- Member, 2002-present
-- Vice-Chairman, 2004-2006
-- Chairman, 2006-present
- Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
- Director, 1999-present
- Chair, Economic Development Committee, 1994-1995
- Chair, Energy and Environment Committee, 1996-1997
- Transportation Committee, 1995-present
-- Co-Chair, 1995-1998
- Logan Airport Task Force, 1994-1998
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Business and Professional Leadership Committee, 1984-1996
- Annual Fund and Corporation Committees
- Honorary Chairman, Presidents at Pops, 1990
- Boston City to City Leadership Exchange 1998-present
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Panelist, "Developments in the Governance of Non-Profits," New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Boston, Massachusetts, June 10, 2008
- Advised concerning year-end multi-country corporate restructuring for South American investors of $72 million in real estate and other assets, which were located in six jurisdictions (France, Panama, Peru, Massachusetts, Florida and Colorado) and transferred to a new holding company. Reorganized U.S. holdings of related Liechtenstein establishment.
Represented a Forbes 100 listed South American family and certain Liechtenstein-owned U.S. entities in connection with a $50 million unsecured loan and mortgage financing involving 14 properties in three states with attendant U.S. tax advice.
- Obtained summary judgment for clients in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts in a real estate breach of contract suit which sought $1.25 million in damages.
- Closed on behalf of Rockland Trust construction, bridge and term loans totaling $24 million to a chain of nursing homes in central Massachusetts and related facilities for the purpose of expanding their capacity.