Ashley Daniel Bell, Esq.

Ashley Daniel Bell, Esq. is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of 20/20 Leaders of America.

A former Hall County Commissioner elected at the young age of 27, Mr. Bell was one of the youngest commissioners ever elected in the State of Georgia, representing the 3rd fastest growing metropolitan area in America.  He currently serves as Special Assistant to the Secretary at the U. S. State Department, and previously as Senior Strategist and National Director of African American Engagement for the Republican National Committee.

Mr. Bell began his career as a public defender, and went on to become a celebrated trial attorney and co-founder of the law firm Bell & Washington LLP, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and has offices opening throughout the southeast.  Mr. Bell’s practice as a litigator focuses on public finance and government litigation. As the youngest black lawyer listed in the “Red Book” of America’s top municipal bond attorneys, he has guided over 500 million dollars in successful bond transactions that have revitalized urban areas across America.  As a creative and tenacious trial attorney Mr. Bell recently helped revitalize and expand the use of the federal Fair Housing Act in a lawsuit that made national news: Bonds v. Turner.  Mr. Bell brought suit on behalf of an African-American family forced out of their home by a racist neighbor who in addition to spewing racial slurs at them from the day they moved in, also threatened their lives at gun point.  In addition to the racist neighbor, Mr. Bell brought suit against his employer - the city government - under the Fair Housing Act.  Defying all odds, the complaint survived the city’s motion to dismiss and is being cited by civil rights attorneys across the country as an innovative and creative way to expand the fight for justice. 

Mr. Bell has been called the most “unique” politico of his generation by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, as he holds the distinction of being the only person in over half a century to be elected as a delegate to both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Growing up in a neighborhood where many of his peers saw incarceration more than college, and having a deep understanding of the failings of America’s criminal justice system, he has used his wide bipartisan network to be a tireless volunteer for justice for all Americans.  His efforts have been chronicled in the The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street JournalL.A. TimesUSA TodayThe New Yorker, and AJC and he is a frequent commentator on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN.

Mr. Bell has been named a 2017 Georgia "Super Lawyer Rising Star", one of the 2016 "Top 40 Young Lawyers" by the American Bar Association, a 2016 “Lawyer on the Rise” by Georgia’s leading legal journal, “The Daily Report,” recognizing Georgia's top 25 lawyers under 40, is a 2014 National IMPACT Leader of the Year (given to the nation’s top young professional of color for excellence in business & civic engagement), one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Top Forty Under 40, a MAVERICK PAC Top 40 under 40, and a recipient of his local NAACP “Drum Major for Justice” award for his work fighting environmental racism as a county commissioner.  Mr. Bell has served with distinction as the youngest General Counsel & Special Counsel for the National Conference of Black Mayors, National Association of Black County Officials and National League of Cities – Black Caucus, in total serving over two-thirds of black elected officials across America. Mr. Bell is a proud alumni of the Congressional Black Caucus Internship program, first serving as an intern and later as congressional staff for Congressman Sanford Bishop of the 2nd District of Georgia.  

Mr. Bell is a graduate of Valdosta State University, where he was President of the Student Government Association and founded the school’s chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University, which he attended on a full scholarship. He was a 21st Century Leadership Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and has an honorary doctorate from Lighthouse College.


Watch Ashley's Opening Remarks at the 2015 Presidential Justice Forum


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