Michael E. Drobac helps clients from the technology and telecommunications sectors define public policy objectives, develop strategic messaging in support of those objectives and define and execute outreach strategies. He advocates before Congress and federal agencies in support of policy objectives.
Mr. Drobac brings exceptional experience and unique insight to his work on behalf of Patton Boggs clients. His perspective reflects an understanding of key public policy issues facing the global Internet industry from his experience working directly for Internet companies on technology and communications matters. Mr. Drobac also leverages high-level political acumen attained as a legislative advisor to the United States Senate, focusing on trade and technology issues. His experience working within the Internet industry, combined with insights on legislative processes acquired during his years on Capitol Hill, afford him an ability to provide advice informed by both perspectives.
Prior to joining Patton Boggs, Mr. Drobac was director, government relations for a leading provider of on-demand streaming video services. He established and served as the first director of the company’s Washington DC office. He identified and developed the first official set of short and long-term policy goals for the company on federal, state and international policy issues. He also advocated before Congress and other federal agencies in support of policy objectives including net neutrality, interconnection access, privacy, accessibility rules, taxation and copyright issues, and represented the company in market expansion in Canada and Latin America.
Mr. Drobac also brings nearly ten years of experience in legislative affairs on Capitol Hill, acquired during periods of service to the offices of three United States senators. For Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mr. Drobac reviewed all legislative items for the senator, with a primary focus on telecommunications and technology as well as judiciary matters, serving as lead policy advisor on Internet and technology issues for the Senate Commerce Committee.