Wendell Belew

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President
Belew Law Firm

Mr. Belew's firm represents individuals, companies, associations and other organizations with needs for legislative counsel, government relations, crisis management and litigation support. The firm’s clients have ranged from large corporations such as BAE Systems to non-profit organizations like the Children’s Defense Fund. In recent years the firm has provided counsel and support to individuals and organizations unfairly accused of connections to extremism and terrorism. He is president of the Friends of Charities Association, an organization of Islamic charities, and he serves as vice-president of the International Bureau of Humanitarian NGOs.

Prior to entering private practice Mr. Belew served on Capitol Hill as Chief Counsel of the House Budget Committee. During his tenure on Capitol Hill the Washington Post identified him as one of the most powerful staff members serving the Congress. His departure from the Budget Committee was noted in a New York Times “Man in the News” profile and in a Business Week editorial entitled “Brain Drain on Capitol Hill”.

Since leaving the Hill, his technical skills concerning the federal budget process have been widely acknowledged. At the request of the Brookings Institution and American Enterprise Institute, he participated in a joint study to recommend changes in the congressional budget process. His political skills, technical knowledge and relationships with Members of Congress and their staff in the Leadership, the tax-writing, appropriations, budget and authorizing committees are paramount to the success of the firm.

Mr. Belew received his B.A. from Yale University where he was a Yale National Scholar. In 1975 he was awarded the J.D. degree from New York University where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.