Elliott Portnoy

Global Chief Executive Officer, Dentons

Jurisdiction: USA


Elliott Portnoy is the Global Chief Executive Officer of Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. He leads the firm’s nearly 9,000 lawyers and their commitment to integrated client service across 167 locations in 73 countries.


He serves on the boards of several nonprofit groups and is founder and president of the board of the Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) Foundation, which provides recreation opportunities to children with disabilities in multiple cities across the US and in the UK. Elliott has won multiple awards for his community service, including recognition as a “”Washingtonian of the Year”” by Washingtonian magazine.


He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Syracuse University, and additionally earned a PhD at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.


Elliott lives outside Washington DC with his wife, Estee, and their three children (Josh, Noah and Daniela).

Specialism at work

Integration, innovation and growth

Favourite hobby

Spending time with my kids

Best piece of advice

Changing before you have to.