Michael Drobac

Senior Advisor,
Akin Gump 

Executive Director,                  Small UAV Coalition

Mr. Drobac brings exceptional experience and unique insight to his work on behalf of technology and communications 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 U.S. 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.

Mr. Drobac previously worked as head of government affairs for two different technology-related organizations—Netflix and the Online Publishers Association—and served in a senior role at a third, IAC/InterActiveCorp. He 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. 

Prior to his tenure in the private sector, Mr. Drobac served for nearly 10 years in the offices of three U.S. senators. Mr. Drobac began his public policy career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to former Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR). Upon completion of 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).

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