Richard S. Blank
Relationships that Span Generations
For nearly 100 years, we have helped shaped the laws of changing times. We have responded to client needs with innovative approaches to the resolution of cases. We have emerged as one of Boston’s top firms and built enduring relationships with our clients along the way.
Years of experience, expertise in diverse areas of the law, and our continuing dedication to the highest quality legal work has earned us client loyalty. Our attorneys thrive on challenging assignments in numerous practice areas. Large companies and private individuals alike return to us year after year, and refer others to us. We serve national, international, and foreign based companies, local and regional institutions, public entities and municipalities, closely-held businesses, regulated industries, individuals and educational institutions. Whatever your legal needs may be, Rubin and Rudman offers innovation and responsiveness, and a collaborative partner-client team approach to problem solving that gets results.
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Rubin and Rudman’s history began in 1919. Harry N. Guterman and his 21 year old brother Abraham formed the partnership of Guterman & Guterman and hung up their shingle at 19 Milk Street in Boston, MA. A few years later they moved to 82 Devonshire Street.
Harry and Abe were regarded as skillful, honest and reliable. Harry, the pater familias, set a tone of collegiality in a hard-driving practice. In 1928, he hired Harold Horvitz, a graduate of Harvard Law School, Class of 1925. By the late 1930s, the firm’s eight lawyers were solidly established at 50 Federal Street. From the 1930s through the 1960s, the firm’s commercial and insolvency practice broadened, expanding into labor relations, real estate and business law.
Howard Rubin joined the firm in 1938. In 1946, Harry Guterman died at only 56 years of age. His brother died in 1953 and the firm name changed to Guterman, Horvitz and Rubin.
In 1968, the firm moved to Three Center Plaza. The following year, a prominent trial lawyer, Stanley Rudman, merged his litigation and business practice into the firm after a session that took no longer than an hour and a single handshake. In 1984, the name was shortened to Rubin and Rudman.
Several prominent Boston buildings were helped by the firm’s work — including Center Plaza, 175 Federal Street, One Post Office Square, the Langham Hotel, 75 State Street, Rowes Wharf and the Boston Harbor Hotel, the Doubletree Hotel in Allston, and the renovations of 73 Tremont Street and South Station. During this period, the firm also developed national practices in leasing and hotel development.
Additional practice areas grew organically. In 2005, Chamberlain and Marsh, an established, highly regarded law firm with diverse practice areas and deep roots in the Cape Cod community joined our firm, expanding Rubin and Rudman’s services to Cape Cod and throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.
In January of 2015, we expanded to Washington, DC to better serve existing clients and to grow our government relations and regulatory strategies practice and work before federal agencies. Our new Capitol Hill offices are conveniently located just a short walk from the United States Capitol Building, the Senate and House Office Buildings, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and many other federal regulatory agencies.
Today, with over 70 lawyers, we still maintain collegiality and our staff continuity is a significant advantage for our clients. Whatever the future brings, our commitment for the new century will continue to be to our clients and our profession, and to future generations of excellence.
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