Ariel B. Levinson-Waldman
Adjunct Professor of Law
B.S., Northwestern University; J.D., University of Chicago
Ariel Levinson-Waldman is a public interest lawyer with experience in all three branches of government and as a litigator in private practice.
Ariel currently serves in the Obama administration in the U.S. Department of Labor office of the Solicitor, where his responsibilities include staffing President Obama's Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable and advising Secretary Thomas Perez and other colleagues on the administration's lead consumer protection initiative -- a proposed rule to address conflicts of interest in the giving of retirement-investing advice.
From 2011-2015, Ariel served as the Senior Counsel to the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where he advised DC Attorney General Irvin Nathan and later DC Attorney General Karl Racine on high-priority civil and criminal litigation issues, including key consumer protection enforcement matters, as well as advice and policy matters. He advised the Executive Office of the Mayor on a wide range of legal issues and represented the District government in trial and appellate courts in several significant cases. In 2014, Ariel received the Daniel Curtin Award, given annually by the International Municipal Lawyers Association to one public lawyer in the country under the age of forty for outstanding service to the public and the highest ethics and integrity in the practice of public law.
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 2011 bi-partisan 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, where he represented the NAACP in its successful federal court defense of the constitutionality of the pre-clearance 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 as Special Election Protection Counsel at the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Since 2013, Ariel has taught a course each year at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law on State and Local Government, with an emphasis on legal and policy challenges for the District of Columbia government. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Student Attorney in the Employment Discrimination Clinic, an editor on the University of Chicago Law Review, and recipient of the Anne Barber Watson Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School.
Ariel is a proud resident of the District, where he lives with his wife Rachel Levinson-Waldman, a civil liberties attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice, and their daughter Sarah and son Eli.