Butler Snow is pleased to announce Derek Trotter has joined the firm as a government relations advisor in its Montgomery, Ala., office. Trotter will practice with Butler Snow’s regulatory and government relations team.
“Derek’s background in government relations is impressive,” said chairman of Butler Snow Don Clark, Jr. “He understands Alabama’s government. His experience will greatly benefit our team and our clients in Alabama.”
Trotter brings extensive experience in communications and legislative affairs to Butler Snow. Most recently, he served as director of legislative affairs for the office of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. Trotter respectfully represented the governor before the Alabama Legislature and built and maintained relationships with key legislative leaders on behalf of the governor. He also managed and implemented strategies to pass key items on the governor’s legislative agenda. Trotter frequently advised the governor’s 22-member cabinet on legislative matters impacting their agencies.
Before working with Alabama Gov. Bentley, Trotter served as communications director for the office of the Alabama State Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh. He was responsible for developing and maintaining public message strategy for the president pro tem and senate leadership. He frequently advised and assisted members of the Senate Republican Caucus with public relations initiatives and built and maintained local, state and national media relations. Trotter also aided in the development and passage of legislation.
During his time with the Bradley Byrne for Governor campaign, Trotter served as deputy communications director. He was an advocate for the campaign, garnering media coverage, and a leader for campaign staff, equipping them with response guidelines for handling field inquiries. Trotter started his career with the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, where he was as communications and legislative manager. He researched and promoted public and legislative awareness campaigns and developed legislative strategy with the president/CEO, which assisted with ASCPA-supported legislation passage.
Trotter received his Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Auburn University.
Butler Snow’s regulatory and government relations team combines numerous substantive areas of legal expertise with the common element of regulatory know-how to achieve maximum results for clients in challenging and defending government regulation. The group regularly represents clients at the administrative level of state government by appearing before numerous state boards, commissions and agencies. Butler Snow’s regulatory and government relations team areas of practice include: administrative law, governmental litigation, government relations, election and campaign finance, public utilities, and disaster assistance.