Published Nov. 5, 2015
Inez Tenenbaum, former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and state Superintendent of Education, has opened a solo practice in the Vista neighborhood.
The firm – Inez Moore Tenenbaum, LLC, Attorney at Law – will focus its practice in areas such as consumer product safety and risk management, education policy consulting and alternative dispute resolution.
“This allows me to bring my own particular experiences in shaping and navigating state and national public policy to bear upon the challenges facing my clients,” she said.
Appointed by President Barack Obama, Tenenbaum served as chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission from 2009 to 2013.
When she joined the commission, Tenenbaum confronted “an agency in turmoil and uncertain of its mission to ensure that tens of thousands of products on American store shelves did not present a danger to buyers,” the New York Times reported.
Tenenbaum was credited with exerting the agency’s legal muscle in leveling a record $3.9 million fine against discount retailer Ross for selling defective children’s clothing to tangling with sports officials over providing better helmets to youth football players.
Tenenbaum left the commission in 2013 to become a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. She left Nelson Mullins this month to open her own firm at 801 Gervais St.
She served as superintendent of education from 1999-2003 and unsuccessfully ran as the Democratic Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 2004, losing to Republican Jim DeMint.
Tenenbaum is certified as a state circuit court mediator and a federal district court mediator for civil cases in South Carolina.
Born in Hawkinsville, Ga., Tenenbaum attended the University of Georgia, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and master of education two years later. She received her law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1986, where she was associate editor-in-chief of South Carolina Law Review.
She and her husband Samuel Tenenbaum live in Lexington County with their dog and four cats.