Stuart Eizenstat

Senior Counsel

Covington & Burling LLP

Ambassador Eizenstat is a senior member of Covington & Burling LLP’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 four 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 (1993-21). He also served as a
member of the White House staff for President Johnson (1967-1968).

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 the framework for the US relationship with the EU); the development of the Transatlantic
Business Dialogue (now the Transatlantic Business Council) 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 (1993-21). 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, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post,
Business Week, and Publisher’s Weekly. It has been translated into German, French, Czech and

In addition, during the Obama Administration, he served as special advisor on Holocaust-Era Issues
to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry (29-217). During this period
of his public service, Ambassador Eizenstat negotiated significant holocaust agreements with the
governments of Lithuania (211) and France (214), regarding the deportation of Jews on the French
railway. He was also the principal US negotiator for the Terezin Declaration with 46 countries (29)
and the agreement with over 4 countries on Best Practices and Guidelines for the Restitution and/or
Compensation of Private (immovable) Property Confiscated by the Nazis and their Collaborators
between 1933 – 1945. During the Trump administration, he was appointed by Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo as expert advisor to the State Department on Holocaust-Era Issues (218-current).

His most recent book, President Carter: The White House Years, the definitive history of the Carter
, has been favorably reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, National
Review, National Interest, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Moment Magazine, and many other publications.

Ambassador Eizenstat has received nine 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, Israel and Belgium, as well as from Secretary of State Warren Christopher,
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers. In 27, he
was named “The Leading Lawyer in International Trade” in Washington, DC by Legal Times. His
articles appear in The New York Times, The Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, The
Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy magazine, Foreign Affairs magazine, The Hill
and Politico 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 and his late wife, Frances Eizenstat,
have two sons and eight grandchildren.