Russell N. Stein is Chair of the firm's Mergers & Acquisitions group, and a member of the firm's Corporate & Business and Hospitality Practice Groups. 

Mr. Stein represents businesses in a variety of corporate, employment, and real estate matters, including business formation, financing, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder disputes, as well as intellectual property and technology issues. He also assists family businesses with succession and estate planning matters.

Mr. Stein represents clients with both acquiring new businesses or the ultimate sale of their company, including extensive private equity sponsored transactions. He also advises technology companies on intellectual property and licensing issues and was the lead counsel for Harmonix Music Systems, developer of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, on its sale to Viacom/MTV. His practice also includes food distribution, and hospitality and retail services clients, including a number of growing restaurant chains.

Mr. Stein previously taught Business Planning for Boston University's Program for Financial Planners at Metropolitan College. He also has a background as a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.

Mr. Stein is a frequently sought-after commentator in print, online and radio, as well as a speaker at business conferences and industry events.


  • Boston, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island Bar Associations
  • Congregation Mishkan Tefila - Board of Directors
  • Boston Chapter of The Entrepreneurship Institute - Board of Directors
  • New England Region of American Technion Society - Board of Directors
  • Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors
  • Jewish National Fund, New England Region, Board of Directors


  • Thomson Reuters Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2021


B.S. University of Rhode Island, Accounting

J.D. Suffolk University Law School, cum laude

Bar & Court Admission

  • All Massachusetts Courts
  • All New Hampshire Courts
  • All Rhode Island Courts

Representative Matters

Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Served as Legal Counsel to Merrimack Valley Plastics for Envases USA Acquisition

Ruberto, Israel & Weiner (RIW) is pleased to announce that client Merrimack Valley Plastics (MVP) of Methuen, Mass., was recently acquired by Envases USA. RIW served as legal counsel on the transaction, working closely with MVP to ensure a strategic and tax-efficient acquisition process. Read the full article here.

Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Served as Seller's Counsel in Major Technology Transaction

Ruberto, Israel & Weiner served as seller’s counsel for Privo IT, LLC in this transaction. Full details here.

Privo, a Premier Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) with offices in Boston and San Francisco, was acquired by Navisite. Navisite, based in Andover, Massachusetts, is a modern managed cloud service provider that accelerates IT transformation for thousands of growing and established global brands. Read more here.


  • At Your Service, Issue 3, (RIWs Retail, Food & Hospitality Newsletter) - Various Issues

Speaking Engagements


Client Quote
"Ruberto, Israel & Weiner is my go-to law firm…from the most important moments in my business life, to the day-to-day operational issues. Always available, on time, and on budget.

Their recent outstanding work on a complex acquisition is just one example of how their expertise and commitment to getting the deal done makes all the difference. When it counts, Russ, Howie, and the entire RIW team deliver." —Mark DeAngelis, Businessman. Entrepreneur, Filmmaker