Patrick G. Martin

Principal and Director, Midwest


(312) 382-3100

(312) 706-9788

Washington, D.C.

(202) 304-1454

Recent News:

Pot Legalization Still Faces Hurdles After Senate Flip

Patrick Martin was quoted in Law360 discussing the future of the cannabis industry now that the Senate is Democrat.

Patrick directs the firm’s government relations and public advocacy efforts in the Midwest, and works out of the firm’s Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. His practice focuses on advising highly regulated companies in the healthcare, energy, financial services, retail, transportation, cannabis, and higher education industries. Patrick advocates for clients before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and state and local governments.

Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, Patrick spent seven years at McGuireWoods Consulting where he rose to become the youngest senior vice president in the company’s history. For the past three years (2018-2020), Patrick was named as one of the year’s Top Lobbyists by the publication The Hill in their “Hired Guns” category. 

In 2020, Patrick was named to the “40 Under 40” list published by Crain’s Chicago Business, recognizing his professional accomplishments as well as his civic and charitable contributions. In addition, Patrick was honored by the University of Illinois with a 2020 Outstanding Young Alumni Award — celebrating alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and leadership. Patrick has spent over a decade working closely with former Indiana governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, both as a legislative staffer in his U.S. Senate office and then as his top aide and advisor in the private sector at two Am Law 100 firms following his retirement from the Senate in 2011. Prior to his time with Senator Bayh, Patrick served as special assistant to the Director at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he focused on external affairs around the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In 2009, Patrick was one of only 100 interns chosen to work at the White House during the first summer of the Obama administration.

Patrick is a native of the Chicago suburbs and earned his bachelor’s degree in international, resource, and consumer economics from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he was an Illinois General Assembly scholar. He is a life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association, participating in local clubs in both Chicago and in Washington, D.C. - counseling students and interns on how to best pursue careers in government and public policy.  He also serves on the Junior Board of Catholic Charities and was most recently named to the organization’s Government Relations Executive Board.

Patrick  resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife and two children, and is an active parishioner at Saint Petronille Catholic Church.



Managed a $12 million national advocacy campaign on behalf of the nuclear energy industry

Assisted on federal government relations strategy and managed a statewide advocacy campaign for a Fortune 100 energy utility

Represents two of the world’s largest cannabis and hemp companies before various federal, state and local governments

Lobbies on behalf of a Fortune 100 multi-national healthcare company before Congress and the Trump Administration

Represents the largest association of premium cigar retailers before Congress and the Food and Drug Administration

Worked on behalf of one of the nation’s three largest consumer credit reporting agencies on federal legislative strategy and procurement opportunities 

Represented several medical device companies before Congress and the Obama Administration, which helped bring about the suspension of the medical device excise tax for two years under H.R. 2029

Advises a Midwestern public health system on federal government relations strategy and Medicaid issues before CMS

Developed analysis and strategy for a Fortune 50 health insurance company on issues relating to the Affordable Care Act

Represented an NFL sports franchise before Congress and the Obama Administration on issues surrounding the team’s logo and mascot

Represents the world’s largest coffee house chain with federal affairs in Washington D.C. and with state and municipal governments across the U.S.

Advised a national private college and university system on congressional relations strategy and business development opportunities


Pot Legalization Still Faces Hurdles After Senate Flip

January 06, 2021

Patrick Martin was quoted in Law360 discussing the future of the cannabis industry now that the Senate is Democrat.

Patrick Martin Named One of the Hill’s Top 2020 Lobbyists

December 11, 2020

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Patrick Martin, principal and director of the firm’s Public Strategies group in the Midwest, has been named to The Hill’s Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns list.

Cozen O’Connor’s Patrick Martin Receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Illinois

December 01, 2020

Patrick Martin, Principal and Midwest Director of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, has been honored by the University of Illinois with a 2020 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Patrick Martin Appears on WGN-TV Chicago's "Political Report”

November 15, 2020

Patrick Martin was a guest on WGN-TV Chicago's "Political Report” discussing the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael Madigan, and his current state of power.

How U.S. House, Senate Results Could Influence Cannabis Legislation

November 11, 2020

Patrick Martin was quoted in Cannabis Business Times discussing the impact the Senate could have on the cannabis industry.

Cozen O’Connor’s Patrick Martin named to “40 under 40” list by Crain’s Chicago Business

November 06, 2020

Patrick Martin, Principal and Midwest Director of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, has been named to the Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40" list.

Cannabis Industry Awaits U.S. House Vote on the MORE Act

August 03, 2020

Patrick Martin was quoted in Cannabis Dispensary Magazine discussing Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act that would federally decriminalize cannabis by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act, and cannabis industry stakeholders are taking notice.

Bottom Line

June 15, 2020

Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies was mentioned in The Hill on their recent lobbying clients.

Public Strategies Signs Ten New Lobbying Clients

June 11, 2020

Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies has added 10 new lobbying clients, including the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

ACES Alumni Spotlight

May 14, 2020

Patrick Martin was featured in a University of Illinois alumni spotlight.

Lobbyists prepare for fight over the next coronavirus bill

May 08, 2020

Patrick Martin was quoted in Politico discussing the industries that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Strategies Signs Eight New Lobbying Clients

May 06, 2020

Patrick Martin was quoted in an article by Politico in connection with his lobbying and government relations work on behalf of his client Insurance Auto Auction Inc., an auto salvage company.

Patrick Martin Named One of The Hill’s 2019 Top Lobbyists

December 12, 2019

For the second year in a row, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies’ Patrick Martin has been named to The Hill’s Top Lobbyists: Hired Guns list.

Cozen O'Connor Adds Three Lobbyists in Chicago

September 19, 2019

Cozen O'Connor welcomes three new lobbyists, John F. Dunn, Darren Collier, and Patrick L. Carey to the Public Strategies practice in Chicago.

Patrick Martin Named Top Lobbyist for 2018

December 13, 2018

Patrick Martin, principal and director, midwest of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies, was named one of The Hill’s top lobbyists for 2018 in the category “Hired Guns.”

Cozen O’Connor Adds Exelon, Starbucks

October 31, 2018

Patrick Martin, principal and director, Midwest of Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies group, was mentioned in Politico Influence for the addition of clients Exelon and Starbucks to the firm’s client base.

Cozen O'Connor's Lobbying Group Is on a Hiring Tear

July 18, 2018

The Legal Intelligencer highlighted the recent additions to Cozen O'Connor's Public Strategies group of Julia Ciarlo Hammond, Ryan O'Toole, Patrick Martin, and James Ansorge.

Martin Joins Cozen O’Connor

July 10, 2018

POLITICO Influence highlighted that Patrick Martin has joined Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies as a principal and director of its Midwest practice.

Cozen O’Connor Brings its Public Strategies Practice to Chicago with the Addition of Veteran Consultant Patrick G. Martin

July 10, 2018

Martin Has Spent Nearly a Decade Working with Former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, Who Joined Cozen O’Connor in May



October 21, 2020

With the 2020 presidential election just days away, the future of cannabis legalization will likely rest on the shoulders of whoever is sitting in the Oval Office on January 20, 2021. So where do Donald Trump and Joe Biden stand with respect to the Cannabis industry? The Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies team brings you perspectives from both sides of the election spectrum.

What Advocacy Business Development Looks Like During COVID-19 [Campaigns & Elections]

May 21, 2020

Patrick Martin wrote about ways to secure business development opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Health Law 2021

December 07, 2020 - Webinar

Cannabis Aisle

June 24, 2020 - Webinar

Industry Sectors


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., 2009

Awards & Honors

2020, “40 Under 40” List by Crain’s Chicago Business

2020, “Outstanding Young Alumni Award”, University of Illinois, College of ACES


University of Illinois Alumni Association, Member

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Junior Board Volunteer, Government Relations Executive Board