Gary S. Guzy previously served as the Deputy Director and General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Gary brought 25 years of environmental leadership experience in business, government, and academia to the job.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Guzy served as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of APX, Inc., the leading infrastructure provider for environmental and energy markets. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught the law school’s first-ever course on climate change law. Prior to that, Gary served as the Global Practice Leader for Climate Risk and Sustainability at Marsh, Inc., the world’s leading insurance broker and strategic risk advisor, and was Marsh’s chief strategist and spokesperson on climate and sustainability issues.
Gary was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1998 to 2001. In that role, he served as the Agency’s chief legal officer and as a member of its senior leadership team, working with the Administrator to establish and carry out strategic regulatory, legislative, and public relations goals, accomplishing important air pollution and tailpipe emissions protections, fostering Everglades protection, and designing regulatory approaches to protect children. He also authored climate change opinions that were later ratified by the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark decision finding that greenhouse gases are pollutants under federal law. Prior to General Counsel, Gary served as Counselor to the Administrator at EPA, as EPA’s Deputy General Counsel, and as a Senior Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he handled major environmental litigation from the Everglades to Alaska. He has also practiced environmental law in the private sector as a partner with the law firm of Foley Hoag LLP and served as a consultant to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Gary is the author of the “Climate Change and Insurance” chapter of the American Bar Association’s recent book on Climate Change and U.S. Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University, and began his legal career as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Elbert P. Tuttle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.