Whitt’s practice focuses on government affairs and lobbying.

Whitt, head of the state government relations practice group, represents a variety of business and industry interests before the legislative and executive branches of state government in Virginia on a broad range of matters including: developing and implementing public policy strategies, drafting legislation, testifying before legislative committees and subcommittees, lobbying state policy makers, monitoring legislation, advising and administering clients’ political action committees and campaign contributions. Formerly, Whitt was a principal at Clement & Wheatley, LLC and served as Law Clerk for The Honorable John A. MacKenzie, US District Court, Norfolk, Virginia.

Relevant Experience

  • Co-chair, Governor-Elect McAuliffe’s Transition Team, November 2013
  • Virginia Secretary of Transportation, 2002 - 2005
  • Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1988-2002
  • Former Member, House Appropriations Committee
  • Former Chair, Commerce and Trade, Transportation and Capital Outlay Subcommittees of House Appropriations Committee
  • Former Member, House Committee on Commerce and Labor
  • Former Member, House Transportation Committee

Memberships

  • Member, Board of Visitors, University of Virginia and Affiliated Schools, 2015
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, LEAD Virginia, 2013
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • Past President, Board of Directors, Virginia Law Foundation, 2010
  • Member and past president, Virginia Bar Association, 1993
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Virginia FREE
  • Member and past chair, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

Awards & Recognition

  • Named among the 50 Most Influential Virginians by Virginia Business magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Martindale-Hubbell's webpage.
  • Virginia Legal Elite, Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative category, Virginia Business magazine, December 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 
  • Selected for inclusion in Top 25 People You Need to Know by Virginia Business magazine, March 2011

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