Adjunct Professor of Law
B.S., Northwestern University;
J.D., University of Chicago
Levinson-Waldman has experience in all three branches of government and as a
litigator in private practice. Since January 2011, Ariel has served as the
Senior Counsel to the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Irvin
Nathan, where he helps lead an office of over 300 lawyers and his portfolio
includes the full range of civil and criminal litigation issues as well as
advice and policy matters. He advises the Executive Office of the Mayor on a
wide range of legal issues, and has represented the District government in trial
and appellate courts in several significant cases involving the Home Rule Act
and other issues.
Previously, he served from 2009-2011 by appointment of Speaker
Nancy Pelosi as Assistant Counsel in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S.
House of Representatives, where he advised Members and Committees of Congress on
legal matters and received a Tribute for Distinguished Service for his
representation of the House in the investigation and litigation related to
impeachment proceedings against a federal judge. Before that, he was in private
practice from 2004 to 2009 in the District with Wilmer Hale’s Government and
Regulatory Litigation and Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation groups, where
he co-led on behalf of the NAACP the successful federal court defense of the
constitutionality of the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act of
1965. Prior to joining WilmerHale, he served as a law clerk to Judge Robert H.
Henry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and to Judge Louis F.
Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and
completed a term as Special Election Protection Counsel at the Voting Rights
Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
He has served as
an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and has taught
there and elsewhere on topics ranging from the relationship between Congress and
the Department of Justice to the legal and policy challenges of the District of
Columbia government, to statutory interpretation. He is a 2001 graduate of the
University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of The University of
Chicago Law Review.
In the Spring 2014 Semester, he will be for the second time
teaching a course at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke
School of Law on State and Local Government.
Ariel is a proud resident of the
District, where he lives with his wife Rachel Levinson-Waldman, an attorney with
the Brennan Center for Justice, and their daughter Sarah.