As Dentons' Global Chief Executive, Elliott Portnoy directs the firm’s global strategy and management. Under Elliott’s leadership, the firm is experiencing a period of exceptional growth, positioning it among the top tier of law firms worldwide.
Elliott was one of the driving forces behind the 2013 combination between international law firm Salans, Canada's Fraser Milner Casgrain, and international law firm SNR Denton. The combination that formed Dentons created one of the 10 largest law firms in the world and is built on the solid foundations of three highly regarded firms. Elliott is working to achieve direct alignment between the business priorities of Dentons' clients and the firm’s industry sectors, service lines and geographic markets.
Understanding how global market forces were changing the face of the firm's business, in 2010 Elliott led US-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, founded in 1906, into a combination with UK-based Denton Wilde Sapte LLP, founded in 1785. The result was SNR Denton, a new international law firm with 1,400 lawyers and professionals serving clients from key business and financial centers in more than 60 locations worldwide.
Elliott also has been at the forefront of the firm’s successful efforts to recruit lawyers and professionals from top global firms and industry. This includes dozens of industry-leading and highly regarded partners and professionals since the formation of SNR Denton in the fall of 2011 and a team of 100 capital markets and financial institutions lawyers from Thacher Proffitt & Wood, doubling the size of the firm’s New York office and, significantly, making it a vital presence on Wall Street.
Prior to the formation of SNR Denton, Elliott served as the
youngest chairman of Sonnenschein. He joined the firm in 2002,
founding its public policy practice and building a bipartisan cadre
of lawyers and policy professionals into a team Legal
Times’ Influence called one of Washington’s "Top 10 lobbying
practices." Roll Call ranked the practice in the US "Top
25," and Chambers USA designated it one of the firm's
Community service has been a constant in Elliott’s life. In
addition to serving on the boards of several nonprofit
organizations, Elliott founded Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), an
innovative nonprofit that provides sports opportunities to children
with severe and profound disabilities in the US and the UK. KEEN
now serves children in Washington, DC, Chicago, London, Los
Angeles, New York, Oxford, Phoenix, San Francisco and St. Louis.
The organization has trained more than 20,000 volunteers to serve
young people with disabilities.
That same commitment to social responsibility is reflected in Dentons' support of nonprofit organizations and partnerships
with clients to improve local communities. Elliott promotes pro
bono legal work and diversity as a vital component of the firm’s
mission and has been a vocal advocate of the firm’s relationships
with nonprofit organizations around the world.
Elliott earned his PhD as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford
University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Syracuse
Elliott has been recognized in successive editions of Chambers USA, most recently as "inspiring" and a "dynamic and ambitious go-getter"; by the Washington Business Journal as a "Top Washington Lawyer"; as one of the top lobbyists in the nation by Washingtonian magazine; and as a prominent public policy lawyer by multiple publications and organizations.