Gardner Pate is an associate in the Public Law section at Locke Lord. Mr. Pate is a registered lobbyist, and represents firm clients before the Texas legislature and Texas administrative agencies. Capitol Inside named Mr. Pate one of the top contract lobbyists in the state, and ranked him as the 2013 #5 Texas rising star lobbyist. In addition to his lobbying practice, Mr. Pate maintains an active practice advising clients on Texas campaign finance laws and Texas lobbyist regulations, and has been described by Capitol Inside as “one of the foremost experts on campaign law and ethics compliance in Texas.” His clients include Fortune 500 companies, local and state-wide political campaigns and political committees, political consultants, and trade associations.

Prior to joining Locke Lord, Mr. Pate served as the operations manager of Texans for Greg Abbott, a position he held since 2001. During that time, Mr. Pate assisted other political campaigns with compliance with campaign finance laws, including several state representative and state senator candidates and officeholders. More.