Inez Tenenbaum focuses her practice on consumer product safety and recalls, crisis and risk management, and internal operations for manufacturers and retailers. She also serves as an expert witness in consumer product litigation and the operations of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Inez also practices in the area of public policy.
In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her to chair the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. She was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on June 19, 2009, and served until her term expired in November 2013. Read about her many accomplishments during her tenure as Chairman here. Inez’s experience as Chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has made her a trusted advisor to clients on product safety issues including, compliance, prevention, crises, and consumer education.
Inez was elected South Carolina’s State Superintendent of Education in 1998, and again in 2002. At the end of her tenure in that office, South Carolina was a leader in the nation in education improvement. Standard & Poor’s identified South Carolina as an “outperformer” on NAEP for consistently achieving above the statistical expectations, and the state’s SAT scores increased 34 points over the eight years, the largest such gain in the nation. Inez draws on that experience to counsel clients on public policy issues regarding preK-12 education on a state, regional, or national level.
Inez is also certified as a state circuit court mediator and a federal district court mediator for civil cases in South Carolina. Through her work in both state and federal government, she has experience with mediating disputes and working through complex issues to reach solutions. She has the communication skills, professional abilities, and temperament to competently mediate disputes in an effective, ethical manner.