Wesley Bizzell serves as Senior Assistant General Counsel, Governmental and External Affairs, and Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs for Altria Client Services. An authority on political law compliance, Wesley oversees a comprehensive compliance system covering the regulation of government affairs. Previously, Wesley 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.
Mr. Bizzell is extremely active in promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal and corporate communities and is a frequent speaker on the topic. He is a founding member and serves as Vice Chair of Altria’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and is currently the immediate past president of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association, after serving a two-year term as president. In 2021, he was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He has been named by London’s Financial Times (2017 and 2018) and Yahoo Finance (2019-2021) as one of the 100 worldwide OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Corporate Executives, and Chambers and Partners also named him the 2019 LGBT+ Equality Lawyer of the Year for his dedication and commitment to LGBT diversity programs and his efforts to advance LGBT+ professionals in the law.
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.