Edward G. Rendell

Special Counsel

Tel 215.864.8401
Fax 215.864.8999

Former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell devotes his practice to public-private partnerships (P3) and housing, with an emphasis on infrastructure. Gov. Rendell advises on new ways of building infrastructure and on the development of a national infrastructure reinvestment bank.

Gov. Rendell was a Ballard Spahr partner from 2000 to 2003. He left the firm upon being elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where he served two terms. As Governor, he was chief executive of the nation's sixth-most-populous state and oversaw a $28 billion budget. Gov. Rendell's administration energized the state's economy through strategic investments, enacted Pennsylvania's first comprehensive measure to substantially reform the local tax system, and spearheaded initiatives encouraging the use of alternative and renewable energy, including wind farms and solar panels.

From 2008 to 2009, Gov. Rendell was Chair of the National Governors Association. He served as General Chair of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election. Gov. Rendell, along with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, founded Building America's Future, a national infrastructure-investment coalition.

As two-term Mayor of Philadelphia (1992-2000), Gov. Rendell eliminated a crippling deficit, balanced the City's budget, and generated five consecutive budget surpluses. The renaissance of the City is largely attributed to his determination, inspiration, and energy.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Gov. Rendell joined the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office upon completing law school, rising to Chief of Homicide in 1972. He was elected District Attorney in 1977 and, for a second term of office, in 1981.

Professional Activities

Gov. Rendell has become a champion for progress in the area of alternative energy, and now serves as a consultant or board member for several green and alternative energy firms, including Own Energy, The Efficiency Network, and VNG.co. He has also remained heavily involved in the campaign for government efficiency and strategic cost cutting through his work with entities such as Government Sourcing Solutions and Public Financial Management.

Brookings Fellow

University of Pennsylvania, teaches government and politics courses


Recipient, the March of Dimes' 2012 Shining Star Lifetime Achievement Award, for his work to protect the health of newborn babies and raise public awareness of screening to detect and treat early-childhood disorders

Board Memberships

Building America's Future, Co-Chair

National Constitution Center


Author, "A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great," Turner Publishing Company, 2012

Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1968)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1965)