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Eric Tanenblatt

Global Chair, Public Policy & Regulation


Washington, DC, USA

Eric Tanenblatt
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Eric Tanenblatt’s Biography

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 and state governments.

Eric is a renowned lecturer and 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 and as a senior advisor to a US senator and governor, and held a US Senate-confirmed post governing a federal agency.

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

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

Eric 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

Nonpartisan Coalition of Georgia Business and Civic Leaders Launch Georgia Support the Vote to Promo

“It is projected that 5.6 million Georgians will vote in the General Election in November, which is a million more than will have ever voted in our state, and in fact, three million more than the number that voted in the June primary,” said Eric Tanenblatt – founding committee member. “We have the opportunity to engage business in new ways to make certain that Georgia meets the challenge to ensure everyone can vote effectively and with confidence. We want the headlines in November to feature the efficiency and confidence in Georgia’s election,” he added. 

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.”

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.
McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP
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 Board 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.
The Fund for American Studies
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 Board Positions

Corporation for National & Community Service
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.
Emory University
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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Legal Geek Online Live
Law as Data – The Future Headquarters for Legal Services
Jun 2020
In this session, Dentons Global Chair of Public Policy & Regulation Eric Tanenblatt and Libryo CEO Pete Flynn discuss the future of the legal sector, where the law is treated as data, and how it will make lawyer’s lives easier and deliver better value and outcomes for clients, especially when dealing with clients across multiple jurisdictions.
Political Rewind: An In-Depth Look At A Busy Week in Georgia Politics
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.
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"A national service response to a national disaster"
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.
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.


Rotary Club of Atlanta
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.

Awards & Endorsements

Georgia Legal Awards
Legal Innovator Award
Jun 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
The Georgia Legal Awards, presented by The Daily Report, is an annual recognition of professional excellence in the legal community.

Academic Appointments

Emory University
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

29th Annual Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference
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

Emory University
BA, Economics
1984 - 1988
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