Ron Ward has substantial expertise in all aspects of real estate law, development law, commercial leasing and financing, secured transactions (representing both lenders and borrowers), and administrative and environmental law – particularly local, state, and federal permitting.
Ron advises real estate developers and entrepreneurs on the development and financing of complex commercial developments, as well as significant residential developments. Ron successfully handled the legal aspects of the redevelopment of the Shipyard Brewing Company block in Portland, Maine. On the civic side, he also led the Portland Chamber’s involvement in multiple pro-development initiatives at Portland City Hall, and the referendum initiative that transformed Portland’s governance from City Manager-led to elected Mayor-led.
Ron has been honored by the Maine Real Estate Development Association Public Policy Award and is recognized in both Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers for his real estate work.
Ron’s spare time is largely devoted to collaborating with his wife, Barbara, to chart a course through the choppy waters of the pandemic and the realities of twin teenagers at home. He confirms these complexities dwarf even those presented by the Rule Against Perpetuities.
Bates College, B.A., 1971
University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1977
Best Lawyers USA, Real Estate Law 2007-2024
New England Super Lawyers, Real Estate, Administrative Law 2007-2010
Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
Maine Real Estate Development Association (MEREDA), Public Policy Award
Maine State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Portland Community Chamber City Affairs Committee
Portlands Downtown District
Former Board Member and Past President
Various City Task Forces on Greater Portland Issues