Ambassador Gordon D. Giffin is a member of the Global and US Boards of Dentons US LLP. He also leads its global Public Policy group and is Co-Leader of its Energy sector.
His practice is focused on international transactions and trade matters, government procurement, energy regulatory and policy matters, and federal and state regulatory matters and public policy. He maintains offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia.
From August 1997 to April 2001, Ambassador Giffin served as the nineteenth US Ambassador to Canada. As Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Ottawa, he managed US interests in the world's largest bi-lateral trading relationship, as well as US collaboration with Canada on global issues in international fora. He received the Superior Honor Award from the Department of State for negotiating a pre-clearance agreement. From 1975-1979, he was Legislative Director and Chief Counsel to US Senator Sam Nunn in Washington, DC. Ambassador Giffin was a recipient of the Emory University School of Law's 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding alumni who have achieved distinction in legal practice, teaching, research or public administration. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Emory University School of Law. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carter Presidential Center; is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission; is Chairman of the Board of TransAlta, Inc; and serves on the Board of Directors of Canadian National Railway, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., CIBC Atlantic Trust, and CIBC PrivateBank.