The Honorable Bill Axselle joined Williams Mullen in 1990 after retiring from the Virginia legislature. His practice includes government advocacy, land use, regulatory, lobbying, and administrative law, which he practices before state and local governments. Mr. Axselle is the head of the State Government Relations group at Williams Mullen.

The Honorable Bill Axselle joined Williams Mullen in 1990 after retiring from the Virginia legislature. His practice includes government advocacy, land use, regulatory, lobbying, and administrative law, which he practices before state and local governments. Mr. Axselle is the head of the State Government Relations group at Williams Mullen.

Mr. Axselle served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1974 through 1990, when he retired to join Williams Mullen. Over the years, he has also served at the request of numerous Governors: Chairman of the Governor’s Regulatory Reform Advisory Board; Governor’s Commission on Efficiency in Government; Chairman of the Regulatory Climate Workgroup of the Economic Recovery Commission and as a member of the Virginia Regulatory Roundtable, the Blue Ribbon Strike Force: Governor’s Commission on Government Reform, the Virginia Strategy Board, the Governor’s Commission on Transportation Policy and the Administrative Law Advisory Committee for the Virginia Code Commission. He also has been appointed by two governors to serve on the Virginia Commonwealth University Board of Visitors and appointed by two Speakers of the House to serve on the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. He also has served, based on recommendations of the appropriate legislative Chairmen, on the Committee that drafts the guidelines for public-private endeavors.

At Williams Mullen, Mr. Axselle helped build a strong and vibrant 10-person Williams Mullen Government Group serving both numerous long-term and more recent clients in Virginia and in North Carolina. He has been recognized by a number of respected publications. He has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading real estate attorney in Virginia (2004-present) and has been named a “Super Lawyer” for both Government and Land Use/Zoning by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (2006-present). In 2014, Mr. Axselle was honored as one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law. In addition, Mr. Axselle has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for both his lobbying/regulatory and his land use and zoning work (2007-present). He continues to be named to Virginia Business magazine’s list of “Legal Elite” in the real estate and land use category (2008-present) and each year has earned its top lobbying/regulatory attorney honors.  Mr. Axselle has been named the Best Lawyers’® Richmond Government Relations "Lawyer of the Year" (2011, 2015, 2016) and Richmond Land Use & Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" (2012). Only a single lawyer in a practice area in each community is so honored as "Lawyer of the Year."  In addition, Martindale-Hubbell has rated Mr. Axselle an AV attorney, its highest rating available.

Long active in civic and community affairs, Mr. Axselle is a former chairman of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and served as chairman of Richmond Region 2007 at the request of the Richmond area governments and business community. In 2005, Mr. Axselle was the recipient of the Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a past chair of the Forum Club of 110 Richmond-area business and community leaders.

Mr. Axselle’s past activities have included service to numerous charities such as the YMCA, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Virginia Jaycees and the Council for America’s First Freedom. He formerly was active with the Government Affairs Committee of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Study Task Force of the Richmond Chamber. He also has served as a member of the board of trustees of Fork Union Military Academy. 

Following his 1965 graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Mr. Axselle attended the University of Richmond Law School. A 1968 graduate, he was the president of the Student Council, a member of the McNeill Law Society and on the staff of the University of Richmond Law Review.

Prior to joining Williams Mullen, Mr. Axselle was a senior partner with the firm of Axselle, Hundley, Johnson & Harris. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the American, Virginia, Richmond, and Henrico County bar associations.

  • Worked with state and local government legislative bodies and administrative staff and assisted in securing funding and administrative approvals for airport expansion projects.]
  • Worked to secure approvals for the public portion of the $150 million expansion of a state museum.
  • Secured funding for the Commonwealth’s public radio system.
  • Secured funding for numerous road projects in the Commonwealth (e.g., Routes 58, 288, 895) and for a county that operates its own road system.
  • Sought various state and local government approvals for a major metropolitan area airport.
  • Representing for at least 20 years statewide trade organizations such as contractors, certified public accountants, mortgage lenders, etc.
  • Coordinated a coalition of business, economic development, environmental and local interests concerned about uranium mining in Southern Virginia.
  • Assisted in securing over $40 million from the Commonwealth for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' (VMFA) expansion, with such funding being both general fund appropriations and bonds issued by the Commonwealth and dedicated to VMFA.
  • Obtained various state and local government approvals for the Capital Region Airport Commission, a regional airport commission operating an international airport, in Richmond, Virginia.