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Bullpen, LLC

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Bullpen’s approach to government affairs is firmly rooted in the concepts of honesty, trust and integrity.  This is the foundation upon which meaningful and lasting relationships are built and from which effective communication may occur with policymakers.  A framework is then in place for the education and advancement of client issues.  Bullpen has offices in Nevada, California, and Luxembourg, which allow the partners at Bullpen to provide clients service throughout North America, the EU and beyond.

Firm Specialty

The partners of Bullpen have a reputation for representing the best of the best of new and innovative companies of the digital economy.  Bullpen creates an intersection at which effective policy and suitable policymakers will meet.  The firm has a wide range of specialties including strategic planning, tech start-ups, and energy.

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JOHN W. GRIFFIN is a partner in the Firm and is an experienced government relations attorney.  His focus is primarily in the areas of  tech start-ups, governmental relations/lobbying, administrative/regulatory matters, strategic planning, land use planning, and technology.

John has successfully represented numerous client interests at the state and federal level in a broad range of issues, securing victories on transportation, development, health care, taxation, gaming, e-commerce, telecommunications, transportation, data security, and technology matters.  He has helped numerous companies, from early start-ups to some of the largest companies in the world, and has advised them on strategic and policy matters.  John has developed a respected technology practice based upon his successes for clients such as Amazon, Zappos, Switch, Tesla, DIRECTV, DISH, and Uber.

Prior to graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1995, John served an internship in the office of U.S. Senator Harry Reid in Washington, D.C.  After graduating from the University of Utah College of Law in 1998, John served as an extern for the Honorable Howard D. McKibben, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nevada.

MICHAEL DORSEY is a former Director of Public Policy for America West for Uber. At Uber Mike lead his team to pass legislation establishing regulations for ridesharing making Uber legal in the states in the American west including signature wins in Nevada, California, and Portland.  The Uber Public Policy team at the time has been acclaimed as one of the most successful in US history.

Before Uber, Dorsey had fifteen years of campaign political experience. He worked as a message, targeting and advertising consultant to multiple federal, state, and mayoral campaigns across America.  He was an initial staff member to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign serving as Midwest Political Director and State Director in Missouri (primary), Rhode Island (primary), Western Pennsylvania (primary) and Montana (general).  Dorsey also managed winning statewide multi-million-dollar campaigns for U.S. Senator Boxer in California and U.S. Senator Whitehouse in Rhode Island.

Dorsey holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and currently resides in Los Angeles.