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Thomas Walls

Thomas C. Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership at the University of Virginia
Executive Director
Charlottesville, VA

Thomas Walls has served as a senior staff member to three U.S. senators, most recently as chief counsel to Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. He was a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and senior vice president of federal public affairs at McGuireWoods Consulting. Before joining Sorensen, Walls held the position of principal in the Public Policy and Regulation group at Dentons US LLP in Washington, D.C.

Walls’ legislative, political, legal and academic experience is broad and varied. He has played key roles in campaigns at every level, the legislative arena, congressional investigations, in academia and as an attorney helping clients to navigate matters of policy and ethical compliance. His experience has informed his many years as an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University Law School. 

Walls holds two UVA degrees. He is a 1987 graduate of the School of Law and earned a B.A. in English in 1982.