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Ralph A. Child


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Ralph’s practice involves regulatory strategy, advocacy, and litigation, with a strong focus on environmental policy and enforcement. Major clients include energy project developers, manufacturers, real estate developers, and public agencies, whom he advises on air, waste, contaminated site, and water pollution issues.

From 1996 to 1999, Ralph served as general counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the principal environmental regulatory agency in Massachusetts, with over 50 regulatory programs.

He frequently speaks on environmental issues at continuing legal education seminars.

He held a University of Massachusetts legislative fellowship at the Massachusetts legislature (1976). While in law school, he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also was a Luce Scholar, providing counsel on legal reform efforts in Indonesia.


  • Harvard Law School (JD)
  • Dartmouth College (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts (Band 1) – Environment (2004 – 2019)
  • Included on the Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Environmental list (2004 – 2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law, Litigation (2010 – 2020)
  • Named to American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2009
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


  • Member, Board of Directors of the Environmental Business Council of New England
  • Past chair, Boston Bar Association Environmental Law Section

Recent Insights




In the wake of Storm Sandy, adaptation to climate change is emerging as a public policy priority.
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News & Press

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Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.
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Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Fifty-three Mintz attorneys have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2016 and thirty-one have been named Massachusetts Rising Stars. The findings will be published in the November 2016 issue of Boston Magazine and in a stand-alone magazine, New England Super Lawyers. 
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas. 
Firm’s National Healthcare Practice, NY Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial Among Newest Rankings
The 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide names 52 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.”



Weathering the Storm: Resilience & Sustainability in Design and Construction

American College of Construction Lawyers & American College of Environmental Lawyers

New York, NY