Raymond B. Ludwiszewski is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He joined the firm's Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group after spending eight years in senior legal positions in the United States government dealing with environmental regulatory issues and litigation in the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department.
Between 1991 and 1993, Mr. Ludwiszewski served as General Counsel at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. Before assuming that position, he served as Assistant Administrator for Enforcement at EPA. Between 1985 and 1988, Mr. Ludwiszewski held a number of senior positions at the United States Department of Justice, with an emphasis in environmental litigation. From 1985 to 1987, he was Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division. Subsequently, Mr. Ludwiszewski was Associate Deputy Attorney General.
Some significant matters he has handled include the defense of complex toxic tort "contaminated community" cases including the defense of important environmental civil enforcement cases; the successful challenge of major environmental regulations; the defense of large environmental criminal matters; and prosecutions of litigation against the United States. Additionally, he has handled important Supreme Court litigation, including Nollan v. California Coastal Commission and First English Evangelical Church v. Los Angeles.
Mr. Ludwiszewski was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He has written and spoken extensively on administrative law and environmental issues. Mr. Ludwiszewski was Vice Chairman of the National Environmental Enforcement Council and of the American Bar Association Committee on Environmental Crimes and Enforcement. He has been listed in Washingtonian magazine's Best Environmental Lawyers List, the Washington Post magazine's Best Lawyers in America®, and Chambers USA. In August 2009, he was also named as a finalist for the top Environmental lawyer in Washington by The Washington Business Journal. Mr. Ludwiszewski is a member of the Environmental Law Institute's Board of Directors and a founding member of ELI's Environmental Law Reporter, Press Advisory Board and Council of Partners. Additionally, he serves as a member of the seventeen-person Executive Committee responsible for managing the Firm.
Before joining the Justice Department, Mr. Ludwiszewski was a judicial law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School in 1984, Mr. Ludwiszewski was Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Northeastern University in Boston summa cum laude in 1981.