Patrick D. Purtill, Jr. joined Gammon & Grange's nonprofit and exempt organizations practice and government affairs group in 2011 bringing over twenty years of experience in nonprofit management and federal and state public policy and advocacy to G&G’s clients. He advises tax exempt organizations and corporations on formation, transactions, corporate governance and compliance issues as well as first amendment rights, campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure. Patrick has successfully defended campaigns before the FCC to ensure equal access rights under the Communications Act; drafted an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the free exercise rights of corporations; and, created best practices guidelines for international non-governmental organizations’ gift-in-kind legal and accounting compliance. He counsels clients on political action committee compliance, federal and state lobbying registration and reporting, and draft legislative testimony.
Before joining Gammon & Grange, Patrick was appointed by President George W. Bush to positions in the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Justice. At State, Patrick earned the Ambassador’s Award for Excellence for his innovative work developing and implementing programs coordinated between the Departments of State, HHS and USAID to reach people with HIV/AIDS. Prior to that, Patrick was Director of the Department of Justice’s Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives where he coordinated regulatory reforms and the development of pilot programs.
Patrick served as CEO of two Washington-based NGOs: the National Council For Adoption (NCFA) and the Washington Scholarship Fund. While at NCFA, he worked with Members of Congress, Committee staff, leadership offices, and led broad-based coalitions of nonprofit organizations to secure passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, the Adoption Tax Credit, the Interethnic Adoption Provisions, implementation of the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption and other legislation.
Patrick has testified before Congress and state legislatures; served as an NGO Representative to The Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands; led delegations to the governments of Belarus, Russia, and China; and provided commentary on a host of public policy issues for national broadcasts and newspapers, including ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, and USA Today, in addition to many regional and local broadcasts and newspapers.