Michael E. Drobac Sr. Advisor, Federal Public Affairs, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

Drawing from deep experience in the private and public sector, Michael Drobac's practice straddles the intersection of technology and public policy. He helps clients from the tech and telecommunications sectors develop messaging to define and execute outreach strategies, while advocating before Congress and federal agencies in support of policy objectives.

Michael’s experience working in the private sector — which gave him an understanding of key public policy issues facing the global 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.  He was recognized by The Hill as one of the top lobbyists of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and was named a Government Relations Trailblazer by the National Law Journal in 2019.

He previously worked as head of government affairs for digital streaming giant Netflix. There Michael established, and served as the first director of, Netflix’s Washington, D.C., office, where 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.

Before working at Netflix, Michael held senior roles in the government affairs departments of two other technology organizations: the Online Publishers Association and IAC/InterActiveCorp.

Prior to his tenure in the private sector, Michael served for nearly 10 years in the offices of three U.S. senators. He began his public policy career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to former Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR). After law school, he returned to Washington to work first as legislative counsel to former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and then as legislative director to former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN).

Michael also founded an Internet startup to address chronic disease through lead generation and gamification.

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McGuireWoods Consulting LLC ("MWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm. From time to time, various McGuireWoods lawyers provide non-legal services to MWC clients, but MWC cannot provide legal services or advice. Therefore, any work MWC performs for a client does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship or privilege. Should you require legal services from McGuireWoods, as well as consulting services from MWC, you must engage the law firm separately.

  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM, 2003
  • University of Oregon School of Law, JD, 2001
  • Stanford University, MA, 1996
  • Stanford University, BA, 1995
  • Moderator, "Future of Infrastructure," Building for the Future: Issues in Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships and a Potential $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Washington, DC, March 15, 2018
  • Panelist, "Autonomous Drones," SESAR U-Space Workshop, The Hague, The Netherlands, April 20, 2017
  • Panelist, "The New Remote Pilot Certificate," Premier Drone Law Seminar, San Francisco, CA , January 24, 2017
  • Panelist, "Drones at Scale - From Videography to Delivery," National Drone Show, Washington, D.C., December 8, 2016
  • Speaker, "Telecommunications and Technology in a new Administration," Digital Content Next (DCN) Legal and Legislative Day, New York, NY , November 17, 2016
  • Speaker, Drones Data X Conference, Dublin, Ireland , November 3, 2016
  • Panelist, "How Should Privacy Concerns Raised By Drones Be Addressed," Federal Trade Commission, Fall Technology Series: Drones, Washington, D.C., October 13, 2016
  • Moderator, "Drone Patents, IP Strategy & Regulations," InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, NV , September 7-9, 2016
  • Speaker, "Legal and Regulatory Considerations of Drones and UAVs," The Seminar Group, Las Vegas, NV , September 6, 2016
  • Speaker, "sUAV Coalition Needs, Challenges and the Way Forward," Civil and Commercial Drone Systems and Counter Drone Technologies Symposium, Washington, D.C. , June 23-24, 2016
  • Speaker, Drones Data X 2016 Conference, San Francisco, CA , June 3, 2016
  • Speaker, Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition 2016, San Francisco, CA , April 27-29, 2016
  • Speaker, "Panel Discussion on the Use and Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems," National Association of Counties (NACo) Transportation Steering Committee Meeting, 2016 Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C. , February 20, 2016
  • Speaker, Data X Conference, Westport, Ireland , November 7, 2015
  • Panelist, "Integrating Commercial Drones Into our National Airspace," InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, NV, September 9-11, 2015
  • Speaker, "The Internet Takes Flight: Commercial Drones and the Online Economy," Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C., August 3, 2015
  • Speaker, NASA UTM 2015: The Next Era of Aviation Convention, Moffett Field, CA , July 28-30, 2015
  • Interviewee, "A Game of Thrones," Aljazeera America’s Inside Story , July 2015
  • Panelist, "Prying Eyes in the Sky or News You Can Use? A Panel on Drones," Society of Professional Journalists DC Pro Chapter, Washington, D.C. , June 17, 2015
  • Speaker, "U.S. Small UAV Coalition, Needs, Challenges and Way Ahead," Civil & Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems, San Diego, CA , June 16-17, 2015
  • Speaker, "Drones," Data X Conference, Santa Cruz, CA, May 1-3, 2015
  • Presenter, Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition, San Francisco, CA , April 27-29, 2015
  • Panelist, "The Age of Drones and New Societal Concerns," California State University, Long Beach, CA , April 23, 2015
  • Presenter, "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Applications and Emergent Technologies," Northwestern University Transportation Center Business Advisory Council, Evanston, IL , April 20, 2015
  • Speaker, Real 2015: Where Sensors Meet the Makers, San Francisco, CA , February 25, 2015
  • Speaker and Organizer, The Small UAV Coalition’s Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. , January 20-21, 2015
  • Speaker and Organizer, "United States Policy and the Small UAV Coalition," Commercial UAV Show, London, England , October 2014
  • Speaker and Organizer, "Over the Top: Broadband Video’s Impact on Future TV," Broadband Breakfast Club, Washington, DC , July 22, 2013

Named "Government Relations Trailblazer," The National Law Journal, 2019

Named "Top Lobbyist," The Hill, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019  

Listed as "Recommended," Government Relations - United States, The Legal 500, 2015

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