Stuart E. Eizenstat heads the international legal practice of Covington & Burling. His work at Covington focuses on international business transactions and regulations and on resolving international trade problems. Mr. Eizenstat has practiced law for twenty years in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.
Eizenstat held a number of key positions during his decade and a half of government service. From 1977 to 1981, he was President Jimmy Carter's Chief Domestic Policy Adviser and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff. With the Clinton Administration, he was Deputy Treasury Secretary, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs and Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. He was Ambassador to the European Union from 1993 to 1996.
During the Clinton Administration, Eizenstat had a prominent role in the development of key international initiatives, including the negotiation of the Transatlantic Agenda with the European Union (establishing the framework for the United States' relationship with the EU); the development of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue among European and U.S. CEOs; the negotiation of agreements with the European Union regarding the Helms-Burton Act and the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act; the negotiation of the Japan Port Agreement; and the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.
Eizenstat received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1967. Prior to entering law school, he earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.