Inez Tenenbaum, the former South Carolina education superintendent who’s been chairing the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for more than four years, will join Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough on Dec. 1, the Columbia-based firm announced today.

She will advise clients on regulatory matters, including risk assessment and management, regulatory oversight, product reporting, recalls, and litigation.

President Barack Obama nominated Tenenbaum in May 2009 to chair the federal safety commission, and she took office in June that year.

Tenenbaum’s term expires this month. She announced in February that she would not seek renomination.

During her tenure, she oversaw implementation of Congress’ 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. At Nelson Mullins, she will advise clients on provisions of that law as it relates to product testing and certification requirements.

“I am forever grateful for the opportunity to serve in President Obama’s administration in the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” Tenenbaum said. “I look forward to working with the private sector in understanding consumer product regulations.”

She also will provide support to EducationCounsel LLC, Nelson Mullins’ education affiliate that was co-founded in 2008 by former U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley, a partner in the law firm.