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Wesley D. Bizzell

Wesley D. Bizzell

Altria Client Services LLC
Assistant General Counsel, External Affairs, Director of Political Law and Ethics Programs
Washington, DC, USA

Wesley Bizzell serves as Assistant General Counsel, External Affairs and Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs for Altria Client Services LLC (“ALCS”).  Mr. Bizzell provides in-house legal counsel on matters relating to the political, legislative, and lobbying activities of Altria Group, Inc., its services companies, including ALCS, and its operating companies.  Overseeing a comprehensive compliance system covering the regulation of government affairs, Mr. Bizzell provides advice and guidance on political law compliance for more than 75 jurisdictions.  Mr. Bizzell also heads the legal team that supports Altria’s public policy activities, providing services related to legislative and regulatory drafting and interpretation.

Mr. Bizzell is an authority on political law compliance and is active in the compliance legal community.  He is co-chair of the Conference Board’s Committee on Corporate Political Spending, a committee of leading American corporations dedicated to education and engagement on issues of corporate political activity.  He serves on the Publications Committee and is also co-chair of the Conference Committee for the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (“COGEL”), a professional organization of government officials with responsibilities or interests in governmental ethics, elections, campaign finance, and lobby laws.  He also is a member of the California Political Attorneys Association.

Previously, Mr. Bizzell was an attorney in Winston & Strawn LLP’s Federal Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group.  His career also includes more than six years on Capitol Hill, where he served as an aide to Arkansas Senators David Pryor and Dale Bumpers and handled matters involving the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Social Security Administration, Department of Education, and Department of Labor.  Additionally, he has served in the Office of General Counsel and the Privatization and Special Projects Branch of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice.

Mr. Bizzell is extremely active in promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal and corporate communities.  He is a member of the Altria Law Department’s Diversity Committee, is a founding member and serves on the steering committee for Altria’s LGBT Employee Resource Group, and is a board member and treasurer for the National LGBT Bar Association.  In addition, Mr. Bizzell volunteers as a mentor for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (“LCLD”) Law School Mentoring Program and was selected as a 2014 LCLD Fellow.

Mr. Bizzell graduated with a B.A. in Justice, magna cum laude, from the American University in Washington, D.C. and received a Master of Social Work with a focus in public policy from the Catholic University of America.  He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.  He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars.

Wesley D. Bizzell is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Altria’s Political Law Compliance Program (July 6, 2016) (PowerPoint slides) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 08, 2016
Overview of the Political Law Compliance Program for Altria Group, Inc. and Its Companies (July 6, 2016) - Corporate Political Activities 2016: Complying With Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 08, 2016
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Corporate Political Activities 2017: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws , Thursday, September 07, 2017, Washington, DC

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