Richard J. Snyder

Of Counsel

  • Richard J. Snyder
  • Phone: +1 857 488 4292

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    100 High Street, Suite 2400
    Boston, MA 02110-1724

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
  • Lending


  • Massachusetts
  • 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
  • Supreme Court of Vermont


  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1966
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1963
    - Trustee's Scholarship, 1950-1963
    - United States Attorney General's Honors Program, 1963-1966
  • Babson College, B.S.B.A., with honors, 1960
    - White House Summer Student Program, 1960


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Of Counsel, 2006-present
    - Partner, 2003-2005
  • Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
    - Senior Partner, 2000-2002
  • Babson College, Graduate School
    - Guest Lecturer, 1991-2000
    - Lecturer on Law, 1967-1976
  • Goldstein & Manello P.C.
    - Partner, 1976-2001
    - Chair, 1988-1999
    - Administrative Partner, 1980-1988
  • Private Practice, Boston, Massachusetts, 1966-1975
  • United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
    -  SeniorTrial Attorney, 1963-1966

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (to 2012)

  • Massachusetts Bar Association (to 2012)
  • Boston Bar Association (to 2012)

  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
    - 2006-2018 (with break) Member, Various Disciplinary Hearing Panels
    - 2009, 2014 and 2018 Chair, Various Disciplinary Hearing Panels
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation
    - Fellow, 1997-present
    - Member, IOLTA Grants Advisory Committee
  • Vermont Bar Association, 2018-present
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, 1984-1997
  • American Business Law Association
    - Chairman, Real Property Committee, 1967-1977
  • North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association
    - Member, 1966-1989
    - President, 1966-1969
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society (to 2012)

Honors and Awards

  • In 2018, 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 (First listed 1987)
    Who's Who in America (First listed 1986)
    Who's Who in the East (First listed 1986)
    Who's Who in American Law (First listed Third Edition)
    Who's Who in Finance and Industry (First listed 1989)
    Top Rated Lawyers, Boston, 2013
    Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004-2005
  • Babson College, Richard J. Snyder Distinguished Service to the College Award Created, 2008
  • Babson College Alumni Leadership Award, 1996
  • Babson College Honorary LL.D., 1994
  • Babson College Medal, 1991
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Board Memberships

  • Babson College Alumni Association
    - President, 1977-1979
  • Babson College Board of Trustees
    - Member, 1977-1989
    - Chair, 1983-1989
    - Member, Audit Committee, 1983-present
    - Trustee Emeritus, 2008-present
    - Member, Institutional Advancement Committee, 2015-present
    - Member, Nominating Committee, 2001-2004
    - Chair, Nominating Committee, 2001-2002
    - Chair, Business and Financial Affairs Committee, 1981-1983
    - Chair, Physical Facilities Committee, 1981-1983
  • Babson College Corporation
    - Member, 1977-1996
    - Chairman, 1989-1996
    - Honorary Chair, 1996-2000
    - Member, Committee on Members, 1977-1986
    - Chair, Committee on Members, 1989-1996
  • Babson College Board of Overseers
    - Member, 2000-2010
    - Chairman, 2000-2008
  • Babson College Global Advisory Board Executive Committee, 2009-present<br /> - Leadership Committee
  • Babson College Recreation Center, Inc.
    - Director, 1982-1996
    - Chair, Board of Directors, 1987-1989
  • New England Deaconess Hospital
    - Member of Corporation, 1992-1996
    - Member, Audit Committee, 1993-1996
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    - Member, Compliance, Audit and Risk Management Committee 1996-present
    - Member, Board of Overseers, 1996-2014
    - Overseer Emeritus, 2014-present
    - Member, Executive Committee, 1999-2007
    - Member, Program Committee, 1996-2002
    - Member, Overseer Relations Committee, 1999-2000

  • Cambridge College
    - Co-chair, President's Council, 2014-present
    - Board of Advisors, 2006-2014

  • WBUR Public Radio
    - Member, Board of Overseers (Now Board of Directors), 2005-present
    - Member, Board of Advisors, 2005-2013
    - Member, Governance Committee, 2019-present
    - Member, Finance Committee, 2019-present
    - Member, Community Committee, 2015-2019
    - Member, Revenue Committee, 2015-2019
    - Member, Executive Committee, 1996-2005
    - Chair, “Newsmakers” Organization, 2001-2005
    - Chair, Development Committee, 1996-2000

  • The Sunday School, Inc.
    - Member, Board of Directors, 1974-1984
    - President, 1979-1984
  • Boston Architectural College
    - Trustee, 2009-present
    - Audit Committee, 2009-present
    -- Chair, 2018-present
    - Overseer, 2008-2012
    - Special Finance Committee , 2007-2013
    - Strategic Planning Committee, 2010-2014
    - Institutional Advancement Committee, 2013-2018
    -- Co-chair, 2016-2018

  • Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications
    - Member of Board, 1985-1999
    - Chair of Board, 1989-1999
    - Vice Chair of Board, 1986-1989

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • New England Council, 1998-present
    - Committee on Air Transportation, 1990-1991
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
    - Director, 1999-present
    - Chair, Economic Development Committee, 1994-1995
    - Chair, Energy and Environment Committee, 1996-1997
    - Transportation Committee, 1995-2013
    -- Co-Chair, 1995-1998
  • City of Boston City to City Program, 1995-present
    - Leadership Committee, 2013-2020
  • The Quin, 2020-present
  • Boston Yacht Club, 2013-present
  • Minuteman Yacht Club, 1990-2018
  • Algonquin Club, 1990-2002
  • Mass, Inc.
    - Member, Citizens Circle, 2008-present
  • United Teen Equality Center, Inc.
    - President’s Advisory Council, 2016-present
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
    - Business and Professional Leadership Committee, 1984-1996
    - Annual Fund and Corporation Committees
    - Honorary Chairman, Presidents at Pops, 1990
  • Boston Initiatives Partners
    - Partner in Inner City Civic Initiative, 1997-1998
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    - Member, Corporate Committee, 1998-2001

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

Representative Matters

  • 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.