Michael E. Drobac

Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, D.C.

Michael E. Drobac serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, D.C. He served as the Executive Director of the Small UAV Coalition, an organization composed of leading consumer and technology companies with the goal of advancing the recreational, public (first responders), philanthropic and commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles. Founding members of the Small UAV Coalition are (in alphabetical order): Amazon Prime Air,Intel, GoogleX,Verizon Ventures, T-Mobile, PrecisionHawk. Kespry, Flirtey, Botlink and others.

In his role as at Akin Gump, Mr. Drobac advocates before Congress and federal agencies in support of the policy objectives of his clients in the technology and telecommunications sectors. His expertise includes Policy and Regulation, Privacy and Data Protection, and Communications and Information Technology.

He subsequently served as legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and then as legislative director to U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN).

During his career, he worked as head of government affairs for two different technology-related organizations – Netflix and the Online Publishers Association (now Digital Content Next) – and served in a senior roles 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 received his B.A. and M.A. at Stanford University, his J.D. at University of Oregon School of Law, and his LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.