Public Service - Inbred In EOLIS Culture
Wendeen Eolis is deeply committed to public service and encourages EOLIS professionals to do their part
Stepping Up as a Public Servant
EOLIS supports Wendeen H. Eolis public service initiatives, especially her stewardship of Hope's Champion Task Force; she specializes in vetting lawyers and law firms for special appointments, special counsel assignments and participation in legal crisis management counselling in the aftermath of terrorist incidents, violence attacks, and natural disasters.
As Chief Operations Officer in command of HCTF, Wendeen often invites EOLIS law student interns (a program she instituted in the late 60's) to travel with her on international assignments for government projects. The seeds for her public service leadership were planted in Vietnam, where Wendeen led a mission to assist "Vietnam Crisis" widows during President Richard Nixon's administration. In the 70's Wendeen partnered with NYS Senators assisting them in the development, drafting, and introduction of legislation to overhaul NYS employment fee laws.
By the middle of the 80's, Wendeen was vetting lawyers for a wide range of state and government agencies and had waded into a pool of presidential administrations and contenders. In the early 90's, Wendeen made her way back into the political maelstrom of New York City and NY State politics.
An advisor to Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Eolis gave up her role as his special advisor and confidante (and briefly as an intermediary between him and gubernatorial candidate George Pataki) to join Governor Pataki as his First Assistant and Senior Advisor. Wendeen navigated, fearlessly in ever more complicated political territory, thereafter, interacting from time to time with the likes of President and Hillary Clinton, and President Obama and in professional and government matters with the Trump Organization, enough to score a personal invite to Mara Lago from the future president.
Following the events of 9/11, Wendeen established a crisis counseling initiative to assist lawyers and law firms displaced by the World Trade Center events; she looked upon these activities as a labor of love for the City and for the legal profession. She grew that initiative into unique opportunity in high level public service notably including her role as civilian commander of Hope's Champion Task Force. HCTF has been part of her ongoing history in both the legal profession and government affairs, since 2002.
Following the events of 9/11, Wendeen established a career counseling initiative to assist lawyers and law firms displaced by the World Trde Center events; she looked upon these activities as a labor of love for the City and for the legal profession. .
Hope's Champion, Center Stage
In 2002, Wendeen took her post 9.11 crisis counseling skills and attorney and law firm vetting experience overseas, visiting with American allies in the aftermath of terrorist incidents and offering up recommendations of counsel, as needed. Hope's Champion Task Force was the outcome. Wendeen's Dad and Governor Pataki toasted her decision to take the lead for shaping the HCTF mission--a team of professionals around the world vetting counsel needs in the aftermath of catastrophic events. EOLIS companies provide significant pro-bono manpower for HCTF mandates.
Wendeen Works Both Side of the Aisle
Long before Wendeen joined David Axelrod and Karl Rove at a Special Event in New York in 2017, she had crossed paths with both of them on vetting projects during the Presidential administration of George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
As of 2018, Wendeen has served six presidential administrations as a non-partisan, and enjoyed her recent encounter with president Obama; especially mindful of his words to his children: “Be kind and be useful.”