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.