Wesley Bizzell is the Senior Assistant General Counsel and Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs at Altria. He is the current President of the National LGBT Bar Association.
Wesley Bizzell serves as Senior Assistant General Counsel and Managing Director of Political Law and Ethics Programs, External Affairs for Altria Client Services Inc. (“ALCS”). Wesley 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, including Philip Morris USA Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. LLC, John Middleton Co., and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd.
In this role, Wesley is responsible for ensuring that Altria and its companies comply with all laws and regulations regarding federal, state, local, and international campaign finance, government ethics, gifts to government officials, lobbying disclosure and reporting, and charitable giving. Overseeing a comprehensive compliance system covering the regulation of government affairs, Wesley provides advice and guidance on political law compliance for more than 75 jurisdictions. Wesley also heads the legal team that supports Altria’s public policy activities, providing services related to legislative and regulatory drafting and interpretation. Wesley is a member of Altria’s Compliance Leadership Team and its Anti-Corruption Compliance Working Group.
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