Raymond B. Ludwiszewski - Gibson Dunn LLP
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Raymond B. Ludwiszewski

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

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.

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 Commissionand 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 Washingtonianmagazine'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 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 laudegraduate 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.

Additional Information

Court Admissions
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Appeals Court, DC Circuit
  • US Appeals Court, 1st Circuit
  • US Appeals Court, 2nd Circuit
  • US Appeals Court, 4th Circuit
  • US Appeals Court, 5th Circuit
  • US Appeals Court, 8th Circuit
  • US Appeals Court, 9th Circuit
  • US Appeals Court, 11th Circuit
  • USDC, District of Columbia
  • USDC, Maryland
  • DC Court of Appeals
Harvard UniversityJ.D. Northeastern UniversityBS Northeastern UniversityMA

Client Comments

"Ray Ludwiszewski is an exceptional attorney. It is rare to find such a fine litigator who also has the policy background and judgment to provide excellent strategic advice on a wide variety of environmental, federal regulatory, legislative, and media relations matters. He understands the fundamental business priorities underlying the legal issues and how to effectively allocate the necessary resources to get the best results for the client. Ray is the kind of outside counsel that makes all of us in-house lawyers look good!"

-Ellen Gleberman
Vice President and General Counsel
Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM)

Office Location

1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036-5306
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law
Litigation - Environmental