Patrick Robertson Principal - Confluence Government Relations

Patrick Robertson

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Patrick Robertson has spent nearly two decades in Washington and advises executive teams, boards of directors and senior decision-makers on public policy issues that pose opportunities and challenges to their organizations’ enterprise values. Patrick’s expertise is in the fields of tax, energy, telecommunications, trade, and transportation.

During his career, Patrick successfully represented a range of clients including Fortune 50 companies, small associations, a territorial government, and others. He coordinates a 75-member trade association, handling all aspects of its operation and leads its lobbying strategy. Patrick’s successes include reviving a preservation tax credit after it was eliminated early in the tax reform process of 2017. In addition, he has navigated other legislative challenges like the proposed regulation of an industry and government attacks on specific products or business lines.

At the same time, Patrick designed custom plans to introduce businesses to Washington or to roll out new facilities, changing employee mixes, and updated messaging or branding. He has also planned grassroots fly ins and strategized how best to use grassroots and grass tops support.

Patrick spent 10 years as a Managing Director at FTI Consulting and as a Partner at C2 GROUP, highly regarded bipartisan government relations and lobbying firms. In 2019 he founded Confluence Government Relations to continue that work.

Prior to joining C2 GROUP, Patrick served on the staff of Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) for nine years, the last five as Deputy to the Chief of Staff. He also served as Campaign Manager for Senator Rockefeller’s 2008 re-election campaign.

During his time on Capitol Hill, Patrick helped the Senator distill and attack problems and shaped solutions on a wide spectrum of issues from economic development to the complexities of the tax code. He worked closely with the Senate Finance Committee on tax bills, trade policy and Trade Adjustment Assistance issues. In addition, he tackled telecommunications and transportation issues on the Senate Commerce Committee. Patrick also worked with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on translating its enormously important and classified work to a broader audience. He worked closely with state officials across West Virginia on large-scale projects and development, such as the West Virginia Summit on Homeland Security, plant relocations and openings, and on trade missions both overseas and here in the US.

Patrick is a licensed attorney and a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, where he served as Associate Managing Editor of the American University Law Review. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Patrick serves on the Board of Directors of the Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, a non-profit focused on economic development in his home state.

Born in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, Patrick also spent significant time in and around Pittsburgh, before moving to Washington, DC, where he now resides with his wife Tara and their two children on Capitol Hill.