Squire Patton Boggs has added one of the nation’s foremost global trade experts to its Public Policy team with the addition of Everett Eissenstat. Mr. Eissenstat joins the firm as partner after having served in senior positions in Congress, Office of the United States Trade Representative, The White House and a Fortune 20 company.
“Everett brings differentiated expertise and problem-solving skills to our practice, illustrating our firm’s commitment to providing clients with premier counsel in areas of critical importance to their business,” said Chair and Global CEO Mark Ruehlmann.
“The global trade map is being re-drawn, and the continued unprecedented deployment of export controls, sanctions and other economic trade policies have broad implications for businesses,” said Global Public Policy Co-Practice Group leader Robert Kapla. “Everett has helped draft, pass into law, implement and enforce nearly every major piece of US trade legislation over the past 20 plus years. Few people are better positioned to help our clients anticipate and respond to shifting risk across borders and boardrooms. We are delighted he has joined our team.”
Commenting on his move to the firm, Mr. Eissenstat said, “Squire Patton Boggs’s diverse legal practice across sectors such as automotive and energy, robust regulatory expertise, public policy reputation, and decades of experience operating in the geopolitical arena made the firm a great fit. I’ve known and worked alongside members of the firm for many years, and I’m delighted to now be part of the team.”
About Everett Eissenstat:
During a distinguished career spanning over two decades, Mr. Eissenstat served as Deputy Assistant to the President for International and Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council. Reporting to the President, the National Security Advisor, and the Director of the National Economic Council, Eissenstat coordinated interagency policy development and implementation on international economic policy matters. He served as the President’s personal representative and principal negotiator to the G-7, G-20 and APEC economic summits and led interagency preparations for all international summits.
Previously, Eissenstat held key roles in the House, Senate, and the Office of the US Trade Representative. As Chief International Trade Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee (2011-2017 and 2001-2006), he built and led professional international trade policy teams for two chairmen and negotiated and gained the approval of legislation implementing bilateral trade agreements with numerous countries including Korea, Panama, and Colombia.
As Assistant US Trade Representative for the Americas (2006-2011), he led negotiations of comprehensive bilateral free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and Peru, as well as the entry-into-force of DR-CAFTA, a plurilateral trade agreement with Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mr. Eissenstat also served as Legislative Director for Rep. Jim Kolbe.
Following his 22-year career in public service, Mr. Eissenstat was Senior Vice President at General Motors (2018 – 2021) reporting to GM CEO Mary Barra and managing over 100 public policy professionals worldwide. He helped GM navigate a range of challenges including labor relations, supply chains and the transition to electric vehicles.
He most recently was Chair of North America and Global Trade Lead at Edelman Global Advisors (EGA).
Mr. Eissenstat holds a JD, cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma, an MA in Latin American Studies from University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Political Science and Spanish from Oklahoma State University.