Brandon W. Kirkham

Senior Director - Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting


Brandon Kirkham helps clients advance business goals through public policy strategy and government advocacy. Drawing from two decades at the intersection of business and government, Brandon partners with clients of varying size and complexity and across multiple industries to develop and implement advocacy strategies related to legislative and regulatory challenges. He provides strategic advocacy on energy policies of impact across fuel types and on environmental regulations and permitting under NEPA, ESA, Superfund and other laws — including engaging government agencies on behalf of food and agribusiness clients.

Government Affairs Experience

Brandon spent over 15 years as a leader in government affairs with Marathon Oil Corporation. From 2013 to 2017, he ran the Washington office and was the lead advocate to Congress, the executive branch, regulatory agencies and international government representatives. He managed cross-functional teams to align government relations strategies to business priorities and worked to identify, anticipate and adjust for regulatory risks. Brandon led Marathon’s work at the forefront of the effort to lift of the 40-year crude oil export ban in the 2015 omnibus appropriation.

Brandon’s government affairs experience includes development and effective management of strategic resources, including: PACs, trade associations, grassroots, coalitions, traditional and social media, government-to-government and direct lobbying engagement at local, state, federal and international levels.

In 2017, Brandon founded Four Rivers Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy firm. He now brings his comprehensive experience and unique approach to Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.

Brandon is a consulting professional within Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, and does not act as a lawyer for clients. Learn more about the Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting practice.



Georgetown University/ESADE Business School
Global Advanced Management Program (2013)

George Washington University
M.A. in Government Relations (2003)

Murray State University
B.A. in Political Science (2000)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • API International and Corporate Issues Committee — Former chairman
  • Producers for American Crude Oil Exports — Founding Management Committee member
  • Kentucky Society of Washington — Former president
  • Murray State University — Regent and Alumni Association Board (past member)

Civic Activities

  • Faegre Baker Daniels PAC — Chairman
  • Louisa Swain Foundation — Chairman
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