Stuart Eizenstat

Stuart E. Eizenstat

Senior Counsel
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Covington & Burling LLP
One CityCenter
850 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-4956
Tel: +1 202 662 5519



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1967
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., 1964
    • cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Newell Edenfield, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1969-1970

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia

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Ambassador Eizenstat heads the firm’s international practice.  His work at Covington focuses on resolving international trade problems and business disputes with the US and foreign governments, and international business transactions and regulations on behalf of US companies and others around the world.

During a decade and a half of public service in three US administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat has held a number of key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001).

During the Clinton Administration, he had a prominent role in the development of key international initiatives, including the negotiations of the Transatlantic Agenda with the European Union (establishing what remains of the framework for the US relationship with the EU); the development of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) among European and US 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 with the Japanese government; and the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming, where he led the US delegation.

Much of the interest in providing belated justice for victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi tyranny during World War II was the result of his leadership of the Clinton Administration as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues.  He successfully negotiated major agreements with the Swiss, Germans, Austrian and French, and other European countries, covering restitution of property, payment for slave and forced laborers, recovery of looted art, bank accounts, and payment of insurance policies.  His book on these events, Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II, has been favorably received in publications like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Business Week, and Publisher’s Weekly.  It has been translated into German, French, Czech and Hebrew.

Ambassador Eizenstat has received seven honorary doctorate degrees from universities and academic institutions.  He has been awarded high civilian awards from the governments of France (Legion of Honor), Germany, Austria, and Belgium, as well as from Secretary of State Warren Christopher, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers.  In 2007, he was named "The Leading Lawyer in International Trade" in Washington, DC by Legal Times.  His articles appear in The New York Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy magazine, and Foreign Affairs magazine, on a variety of international and domestic topics.  Ambassador Eizenstat grew up and was educated in the public schools of Atlanta.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of Harvard Law School. He is married to Frances Eizenstat and has two sons and five grandchildren.

Representative Matters

  • Represented major US and foreign corporations including Boeing Company, KBR, BP, BT, Coca-Cola, and Neptune Orient Lines.
  • Special advisor to the Bromide Science and Environment Forum.
  • Advised the governments of Australia and Cyprus.

Previous Experience

  • Deputy Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2001)
  • Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs (1997-1999)
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade (1996-1997)
  • U.S. Ambassador to the European Union (1993-1996)
  • Chief Domestic Policy Adviser and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff for President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
  • Policy Director, Jimmy Carter’s 1976 Campaign for the Presidency
  • White House Staff of President Lyndon B. Johnson (1967-1968)
  • Research Director, Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s 1968 Presidential Campaign
  • Adjunct Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1982-1991)
  • Brookings Institution, Guest Scholar (1981)

Honors and Rankings

  • Mr. Eizenstat received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Westfield State University in September 2013.
  • Mr. Eizenstat a Lifetime Achievement Award from American Lawyer Magazine in October 2013.
  • Abraham Foxman Award for International Leadership from the Anti-Defamation League (2012)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2005-2015)
  • Chambers Global, International Trade - Trade Remedies & Trade Policy (US) (2012-2015)
  • "The Leading Lawyer in International Trade" in Washington, DC by Legal Times (2007)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Washington International Trade and Finance Lawyer of the Year (2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Government Relations and International Trade and Finance law (2005-2015)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation - International Trade (2013-2015) and Environmental: Litigation (2012)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, International (2007-2015)
  • Washingtonian, International Trade and Arbitration "Top Lawyer" (2011, 2013)
  • Grand Decoration of Honor in Gold with Star for Service to the Republic of Austria from the Austrian government (2005)
  • Medal of Honor from the Czech Council of Victims of Nazism (2005)
  • French Legion of Honor from the French government (2004)
  • Great Negotiator of the Year Award from Harvard University (2003)
  • Alexander Hamilton Award for Distinguished Service, Department of Treasury (2001)
  • Knight’s Commander’s Cross (Badge and Star) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of German (2001)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Public Policy Scholar (2001)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Department of State (1999)
  • Courage and Conscience Award from the Israeli government (1998)
  • Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, Department of State (1996)
  • Over 40 additional awards from various groups and organizations.
  • Seven honorary doctorate degrees from universities and other educational institutions.
      • Florida Atlantic University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (2002)
      • Brandeis University, Honorary Doctor of Laws (2001)
      • University of North Carolina, Honorary Doctor of Laws (2000)
      • Hebrew College, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (2000)
      • Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Honorary Doctor of Human Letters (2000)
      • Weismann Institute of Science, Israel, Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (1999)
      • Yeshiva University, Honorary Doctor of Laws (1998)

Pro Bono

  • Various Holocaust restitution matters.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • United States Department of Defense, Defense Policy Board member (2014-present)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1982-1991)
  • Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat Professorship in Modern Jewish History and Culture, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (established 2008)
  • American Bar Association (1967-present)
  • Black Rock Funds, Board of Trustees (2001-present)
  • BT Americas, Advisory Board (2005-2008)
  • Coca-Cola, International Advisory Board (2002-2011)    
  • Group Menatep Limited, International Advisory Board (2002-present)
  • Sustainable Forestry Management, International Advisory Board (2005-present)
  • United Parcel Service (UPS), Board of Directors (2005-present)
  • Mirant Corporation, Board of Directors (2001-2005)
  • Center for Global Development and for the Atlantic Council, led study commissions
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Member (1993-present)
  • Freedom House, Vice Chairman of the Board (2003-2007)    
  • Institute of U.S. Jewish-Israeli Relations of the American Jewish Committee, Founding Chairman (1982-1986)
  • Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, former President (1989-1991)
  • Transparency International, Advisory Board (2006-present)
  • Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, former Chairman of the Board of Governors (2002-2005)

Publications and Speeches

  • Frequent contributor to major publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, Foreign Affairs Magazine, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, and other leading publications on a variety of international topics.
  • Frequent speaker to a variety of organizations on international topics including the impact of global competitiveness.
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