As Deputy to the Governor, Lang Wiseman assists the Governor in his day-to-day duties and acts as a liaison between the Governor’s office, the legislature, and the various departments and agencies in state government. As Chief Counsel, Wiseman is also responsible for coordinating the legal affairs of the Executive Branch and advising the Governor on legal, political, legislative, and other matters. He assists in the development, drafting, and implementation of legislation, and oversees the Governor’s relations with the Judiciary, the Attorney General and Reporter, and District Attorneys General. He also assists the Governor in judicial appointments and reviews requests for executive clemency.
Prior to his appointment, Wiseman was a founding partner at the Memphis law firm Wiseman Bray PLLC, serving clients in business and commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, wrongful death litigation, business matters, and election law. Wiseman previously worked at Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell, P.C., after serving as Counsel to the Governmental Affairs Committee of the United States Senate. He was formerly a Law Clerk to Judge Harry Wellford of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Wiseman graduated with honors from Harvard Law School after attending the University of Tennessee on a basketball scholarship, where he was a co-captain and finished as the 24th leading scorer in UT history. He was a three-time Academic All-SEC and All-America selection and was named Top Graduate of the College of Business.
Previous community involvement includes service on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments, and the State Board of Education, as well as holding various bar association and local community leadership positions.