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Technical Assistance Workshop: Biography of Stanton D. Anderson

Stanton D. Anderson

Stanton D. Anderson is senior counsel to the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In this capacity, Anderson works to advance the Chamber's efforts on legal reform and defense of business interests in the courts. He chairs the Chamber's involvement in the coalition to protect the lawyer-client privilege. He also chairs the Chamber's new effort on Global Regulatory Cooperation. In his prior capacity as executive vice president and chief legal officer, Anderson oversaw the National Chamber Litigation Center, the public policy legal arm of the Chamber; the Institute for Legal Reform, a Chamber affiliate dedicated to restoring fairness, efficiency, and consistency to the U.S. civil justice system; and the Chamber's Office of General Counsel. In this Chamber role, Anderson chaired the Class Action Business Coalition that worked successfully to get Congress to pass the Class Action Reform Act of 2005.

In addition to his duties at the Chamber, Anderson is of counsel to the DC law firm McDermott Will & Emery.

Anderson has been involved in national political affairs since 1972. He served in the White House during the Nixon administration and as deputy assistant secretary of State. In addition, he has managed a number of Republican conventions. He also served as counsel to the Reagan-Bush campaign in 1980 and was senior director of the presidential transition of Ronald Reagan. Anderson has received a number of presidential appointments, including a position on the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Negotiations and the Presidential Commission on Personnel Interchange. He also chaired the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference on New and Renewable Energy Resources in 1981.

Anderson has long been associated with the U.S. Chamber, having served as outside counsel for a number of years. In addition, he is a founding board member of the Chamber's Center for International Private Enterprise, an organization that fosters democracy and market economies around the world.

Anderson serves as chairman of the board of Global U.S.A. and a number of private nonprofit organizations. He is legal counsel to Jobs for America's Graduates, Inc., and serves on the board of advisors of Westmont College.

Anderson earned a bachelor's degree from Westmont College in 1962 and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University in 1969.

Updated June 9, 2023