Raymond B. Ludwiszewski is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He joined the firm's Environmental Litigation and Mass Tort 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.
Under EPA Administrator William Reilly, 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. Earlier, Mr. Ludwiszewski held a number of senior positions
at the United States Department of Justice, with an emphasis in environmental
litigation. First, 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, the defense of important environmental
civil enforcement cases; the successful challenge of major environmental
regulations; the defense of large environmental criminal matters; and the
prosecution of litigation against the United States. Additionally, he has
handled noteworthy Supreme Court litigation, including Nollan v. California
Coastal Commission and First English Evangelical Church v. Los
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. Additionally, he served for
seven years on the seventeen-person Executive Committee responsible for managing
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.