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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, Raymond 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, Raymond 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, Raymond 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 Angeles.
Raymond was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He has written and spoken extensively on administrative law and environmental issues. Raymond was Vice Chairman of the National Environmental Enforcement Council and of the American Bar Association Committee on Environmental Crimes and Enforcement. Most recently, Raymond has been featured by Lawdragon as one of the Green 500: Leaders in Environmental Law for 2024. He has also been listed in Washingtonian magazine’s Best Environmental Lawyers List, the Washington Post magazine’s Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders: USA, Who’s Who Legal Environment, 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. Raymond 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 the Firm.
Before joining the Justice Department, Raymond 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, Raymond was Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Northeastern University in Boston summa cum laude in 1981.
Harvard University - 1984 Juris Doctor
Northeastern University - 1981 Master of Arts
Northeastern University - 1981 Bachelor of Science
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