Pete Robinson


Managing Partner - Atlanta Office
Chairman, Troutman Sanders Strategies
Executive Committee Member

Business Phone: 404.885.3699
Business Fax: 404.962.6725


Pete Robinson is Chairman of Troutman Sanders Strategies, a full-service federal, state and local lobbying/issue management firm, and a partner in Troutman Sanders LLP. He specializes in issue management, comprehensive government relations coordination, and state legislative and procurement matters.

Robinson has extensive experience in both elected and representative roles with the state legislature, serving 10 years in the Georgia General Assembly as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia State Senate, where he served as President Pro-Tem and Senate Majority Leader. He is the only Senate President Pro-Tem ever to be nominated for that role by both the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Georgia Senate.

In the past six years, Robinson has developed a specialty in strategic and governmental business consulting, which includes counseling with clients on the establishment and reorganization of in-house operations, assistance with staffing and placement decisions and assessments of public policy needs. He has focused on shifting clients’ goals out of traditional, defensive-oriented programs into more aggressive, profitable departments that not only protect the company’s unique business model, but also provide the core business with a return on its investment.

Robinson co-founded Troutman Sanders Strategies with Troutman Sanders LLP in 2002. Under his leadership, the firm has grown from a single office operation, into a comprehensive, national issue management firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Richmond, with more than 20 federal and state lobbyists. 

Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Robinson spent many years in private practice representing clients’ needs before the Georgia General Assembly and other agencies of state government. His background was primarily in state government relations, but he expanded the platform into a full federal and state operation serving clients including: The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric Company, Microsoft Corporation, AFLAC Corporation, Merck and Company, Southern Company, Synovus Financial Corporation, Carmax, Citigroup and numerous others. Before his lobbying and government relations’ career began, he also gained significant experience as a commercial and insurance litigator.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Trustees, Georgia College and State University Foundation
  • Vice Chairman, Governor Nathan Deal Transition Team
  • Co-Chairman, Judicial Nominating Commission of Georgia
  • Board of Visitors, University of Georgia
  • Board of Trustees, Mercer University
  • Board of Trustees, University System of Georgia Foundation

Rankings and Recognition

  • Named “Government Relations Atlanta Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers (2014).
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine for Lobbying/Government Relations Law excellence (2006-2007).
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Administrative Law and Government Relations Practice, (2007-2019).

Professional Experience

  • Atlanta Office Managing Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Chairman-CEO of Troutman Sanders Public Affairs Group LLC
  • President Pro Tem, Georgia State Senate, 1994
  • Majority Leader, Georgia State Senate, 1992-1993
  • Georgia State Senate, 1991-1994
  • Georgia House of Representatives, 1985-1990



  • Mercer University, J.D., 1980
  • Emory University, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia