Kathleen Duffy Bruder, Esq.

Senior Counsel

Kathleen Duffy Bruder is a registered Pennsylvania lobbyist and practicing attorney who chairs Saxton & Stump’s Regulatory and Government Affairs team. She is passionate about helping clients navigate challenges and opportunities that involve all levels of government and connecting clients to government decision-makers. With more than 25 years of experience, she has extensive knowledge of government operations, regulatory processes and administrative matters.  

In her Regulatory and Government Affairs practice, Kathy works with public and private sector clients to create a roadmap to navigate complex government infrastructure as well as legislative and regulatory processes that help each client meet their goals. Kathy’s relationships provide her clients with access to decision-makers and the ability to message their interests for legislative or policy changes or to seek state funding for economic development purposes.

Kathy served as former Gov. Tom Corbett’s Deputy Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2015. In that role, she was a trusted advisor to the governor and his cabinet and served as the governor’s liaison to numerous state agencies and helped manage policy, legislative and press initiatives. Kathy also worked on the governor’s behalf with contacts in local and federal governments. While with the governor’s office, Kathy’s also represented the governor with numerous state and regional boards and commissions, including the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bi-state transportation authorities and the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA). Further, she served with the governor as vice chair of Team Pennsylvania, a nonprofit that connects business and industry leaders and facilitates partnerships to support economic development and prosperity in the commonwealth.

Prior to joining Saxton & Stump, Kathy was an attorney for a Harrisburg-based law firm where she represented clients in diverse subject areas including energy and environmental, oil and natural gas and food and beverage on matters involving public finance, state and local tax, employment and corporate governance. Before joining the governor’s office, she was a partner at Rhoads & Sinon LLP for 10 years where she focused her practice in litigation and labor and employment. She also previously served the City of Harrisburg’s Mayor Stephen R. Reed as deputy solicitor and director of human resources for approximately four years.

Kathy is frequently invited to present for associations state-wide on the topics of government-related subjects such as government relations and budget.

EDUCATION

University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 1993

University of Scranton, B.S. in Economics and Finance, 1990

BAR ADMISSIONS

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

New York

COURT ADMISSIONS

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

MEMBERSHIPS

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC – Government Relations Committee

Pennsylvania Association for Government Relations

National Association of College and University Attorneys (2008-2010)

University of Scranton Alumni Board of Governors (2003-2005)

APPOINTMENTS

Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2017-2020, reappointed 2020-2023

Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Tom Corbett, 2011-2015

Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS), board member, ex officio, 2011-2013

Special Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, 2014

Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, board member, 2013-2015

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Pennsylvania appointee, 2012-2014

Recognitions

Award for Distinguished Public Service from the City of Harrisburg’s Mayor, 1999

PUBLICATIONS
MEDIA MENTIONS AND OP-ED ARTICLES

This week in Pennsylvania on criminal justice reform and presidential election 2020, ABC 27. (September 15, 2019)

Nuclear industry doesn’t deserve state bailout, The Morning Call. (May 10, 2019)

Exelon doesn’t need taxpayer bailout to keep TMI operating, Lehigh Valley Live. (May 8, 2019)

School safety requires a trained eye for students’ lives, PennLive. (January 24, 2019)

PA schools need to make the most of safety grants, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (October 14, 2018)

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

“COVID-19 PA Government and Business Status Q&A,” Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB), March 22, 2020

“The latest on government relations,” Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) 2019 Municipal Legal Update, August 7, 2019

“When money grows on trees: 2019 budget update,” Pennsylvania Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals (PSTAP), July 15, 2019

“The calm before the storm: 2018/2019 budget,” Pennsylvania Society of Tax & Accounting Professionals (PSTAP), October 2, 2018

“Stay on the right track: legal, regulatory and government relations strategies for dealing with railroads in PA,” Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS), April 18, 2018

“Love it or hate it… the budget is coming,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), February 14, 2018

Relevant Experience

Kathy helped numerous clients in diverse business industries obtain approval and a waiver from Gov. Wolf’s shutdown orders amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Her counsel also helped clients and their employees operate in a safe manner and in cooperation with law enforcement

Lobbied to either amend, pass or oppose legislation for clients that would impact the client’s business goals; Kathy’s efforts and guidance supports clients’ business timeline and budgets

Lobbied with a team to oppose any nuclear bailout legislation

Represents clients seeking to maintain or improve state appropriations support

Worked with clients to achieve state funding for economic development initiatives – awards ranged from nearly $750,000 to over $2 million for specific projects

Navigates government agencies in the federal and state sectors, so the client has immediate access to key decision-makers

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