Carl B. Bedell

11380e9Carl practices in the areas of art law, estate planning, veterans benefits law, government contracts, and small business development.

Prior to founding Bedell PLLC, Carl worked for federal consulting firms in the DC area. In this capacity, he assisted various federal agencies identify and address issues pertaining to financial management. He served as a primary editor and writer for three consecutive award-winning annual performance reports.  Carl is a Certified Government Financial Manager and in early 2014, he founded Ilion Management Strategies.

Military Service

Carl is a U.S. Army veteran.  He was commissioned through the ROTC program at Washington University in St. Louis.  He served as a Military Intelligence and Adjutant General Officer during the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom era.  His duty assignments included positions with NATO and an Army Counter Intelligence unit. Carl’s military decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Community Involvement

Carl focuses his philanthropic activities around two causes – supporting veterans and supporting art and cultural institutions.

Carl is the Second Vice President and member of the Board of Management for the District of Columbia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (DCSSAR) – a patriotic lineage society. Through the SAR, he founded Operation Ancestor Search (OAS), a free genealogy training program provided to injured service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Under his leadership, OAS has worked with over 1000 wounded, ill or injured armed service members and  their families with over 14 chapters operating coast to coast. The program received a generous grant from Ancestry.com to help fund a full-time program manager (and allowed Carl to hand day-t0-day operations over while focusing on long term, strategic programmatic goals).

Carl is a Co-Chair of the Phillips Collection Contemporaries. The Contemporaries is the young-professional membership group that provides a unique opportunity for members to infuse their lives with art and connect with the museum.  In his role, Carl helps develop members and benefactors of the arts through various events and opportunities. Carl also assist CulturalDC and the Smithsonian Associates in developing programs that will attract, retain and develop young members.  Previously, Carl served as the Chair of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s 1869 Society Steering Committee.  The 1869 Society was the young professionals group consisting of young patrons and rising business, civic, and social leaders. In his capacity as Chair, Carl led the Society’s efforts to raise money for the museum and increase membership.  He oversaw multiple sub-committees and through two major fund raising events, raised over $150,000 for the museum.

Carl also served as an appointed Commissioner for the Montgomery County, Maryland, Commission on Veterans Affairs. He also served on the Board of Management for Hero Dogs. Hero Dogs is a non-profit organization that provides service animals for injured and disabled Veterans.