Eric Tanenblatt is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation of Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. He also leads the firm’s US Public Policy Practice, leveraging his three decades of experience at the very highest levels of the federal and state governments.
Mr. Tanenblatt, a renowned lecturer and political counselor who’s widely regarded as one of the nation’s preeminent public policy thought leaders, has served in the administrations of the three US presidents and as a senior advisor to a US senator and governor, and held a US Senate-confirmable post governing a federal agency.
He has a passion for shepherding disruptive companies and industries through the complicated web of law and regulation, and often writes and speaks about the innovation economy. 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.
Mr. Tanenblatt’s political and fundraising activities and experience are extensive.
He served as chief of staff to Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia’s first Republican governor in 130 years, and later helped coordinate the 2004 G-8 Economic Summit, hosted by President George W. Bush at Sea Island, GA. He served in 2012 as a political advisor and National Finance Co-chairman for the presidential campaign of Governor Mitt Romney, with whom his relationship dates back to 2004, when he served as Finance Co-chair for the Romney-led Republican Governors Association (RGA). Earlier, in 2000, he served as the state chairman for President Bush’s successful Georgia campaign and held senior positions in the 1996 Bob Dole and Phil Gramm presidential campaigns.
He also served as a longtime advisor to the late US Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA), including as vice chairman of the senator’s reelection bid in 1998. Later, he served in the administration of President George H. W. Bush at the Department of Health and Human Services as a special assistant to the secretary, and as director of intergovernmental affairs at the Peace Corps.
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