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Eric Tanenblatt

Global Chair, Public Policy & Regulation


Washington, DC, USA

Eric Tanenblatt


Eric Tanenblatt is Global Chair of Public Policy & Regulation of Dentons, the world's largest law firm. He also leads the firm's US Public Policy Practice, leveraging three decades of experience at the very highest levels of the federal & state governments.

Mr. Tanenblatt is a renowned lecturer & political counselor, widely regarded as one of the nation's preeminent public policy thought leaders. He has served in the administrations of three US presidents & as a senior advisor to a US senator & governor, and held a US Senate-confirmable post governing a federal agency.

With a passion for shepherding disruptive companies and industries through the complicated web of law & regulation, he often writes & speaks about the innovation economy. He leads Dentons' global autonomous vehicles team and authors a popular weekly digest tracking the most consequential regulatory, political & technical developments in the world of automotive autonomy.

After serving as Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue, he helped coordinate the 2004 G-8 Economic Summit, hosted by President George W. Bush and was National Finance Co-Chair for the presidential campaign of Senator Mitt Romney in 2012. He served as the State Chairman for President Bush's successful Georgia campaign in 2000 & held senior positions in the 1996 Bob Dole & Phil Gramm presidential campaigns. He was also a longtime advisor to the late US Senator Paul Coverdell & later served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush.

Mr. Tanenblatt is a prominent advocate for civic engagement, often writing & speaking on the subject. He recently joined the Board of Directors of Points of Light, and was previously appointed by President Bush to serve on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Eric Tanenblatt’s Newsfeed

Washington Post
Expanding AmeriCorps could turn new grads into an army of contact tracers. It just needs funding.

“It’s a matter of prioritizing. And this is a real priority,” said Eric Tanenblatt, who served on the board of the national service corporation during the George W. Bush administration. “There are moments if you look back in history when national service has really come to the fore, and this is another time when we really need it. It could address a number of challenges that we’re facing.”

Driving Change on the Grid — The Impact of EV Adoption

Eric Tanenblatt, global chair of Public Policy and Regulation of Dentons, a global law firm that works with several industries, told POWER that government needs to be involved as e-mobility options grow. He said consumers must be confident enough charging stations exist, and noted “private companies won’t invest in infrastructure without enough vehicles in circulation to make their service profitable. As this is a classic market failure, government can and should step in."

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Eric Tanenblatt’s Background

Global Chair, Public Policy & Regulation
2015 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
Based in both Atlanta & Washington, Eric was appointed Global Chair, Public Policy & Regulation in 2018. Prior to this, he was Leader of Dentons' US Public Policy practice, the Global Public Policy & Regulation practice and the Global Government sector team. Dentons is the world's first polycentric global law firm, offering legal & public policy counsel.
Chair, Public Policy Practice
2002 - 2015
Atlanta, GA, USA
McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP was a U.S. international law & public policy firm with more than 575 attorneys & public policy advisors and merged with Dentons U.S. LLC in 2015.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

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Points of Light
Board Member
2019 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
Points of Light help millions of volunteers change the world by mobilizing people to take action on the causes they care about through innovative programs, events & campaigns.
Board of Trustees
2016 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
TFAS offers transformational programs that teach the principles of limited government, free-market economics & honorable leadership to students & young professionals in America & around the world.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
2008 - 2013
Washington, DC, USA
The Corporation for National & Community Service is the federal agency that leads service, volunteering & grant-making efforts in the United States. They help millions of Americans improve their lives and the lives of their fellow citizens through service.
Board of Visitors
2007 - 2009
Atlanta, GA, USA
Members of the Board of Visitors serve Emory as ambassadors. They also assist the university in discovering & promoting ways for Emory to integrate its intellectual assets with community aspirations. The Board's overall objective is to increase the awareness of Emory in the Atlanta region & to improve Emory's level of service to society.
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Panel Member
Jun 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
Eric Tanenblatt joins Teri Anulewicz, Georgia State House Representative (D-Smyrna), and host Bill Nigut to discuss the return to session of the Georgia state legislature and developments in a contested Republican Primary for a congressional seat.
Panel Member
Apr 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
Eric Tanenblatt joins a group of leading Georgia politicians and journalists to discuss the allegations that medical facilities are not releasing enough information on the coronavirus outbreak and the latest news on voting by mail developments.


Insight: The Decade-Long Self-Driving Honeymoon Is Over. What’s Next?
Jan 2020
New York, NY, USA
Eric Tanenblatt and James Richardson of Dentons discuss the reality of driverless car industry trends and what to expect in 2020.
May 2020
Washington, DC, USA
In this article, Eric and co-author AnnMaura Connolly discuss the coronavirus pandemic as a uniquely national crisis that requires a clear plan to fund and operate National service programs, such as Americorps.


2006 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
Established in 1913, the Rotary Club of Atlanta has grown to be one of the most influential business & civic clubs in the world.

Academic Appointments

Visiting Professor
2020 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
Eric Tanenblatt, Emory alumnus and Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation at Dentons, led a lecture titled POLS 343: Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations in the 2020 Spring semester.

Speaking Engagements

Panel Member
Feb 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
Eric Tanenblatt took part in a panel titled 'Political Rewind Returns: What’s the State Of Play In Georgia?'

Eric Tanenblatt’s Education

BA, Economics
1984 - 1988
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