About Us

Stalwart Strategies, Inc. (formerly The Blocker Group) is a full service public affairs firm dedicated to providing our clients with the necessary resources to achieve their public policy and political goals. We combine traditional techniques with advanced technology to create winning strategies. Whether you are a Fortune 100 company, an association of professionals, or a group of citizens united behind a common cause, we are here to help you succeed.

Background

Trey J. Blocker, the Founder of Stalwart Strategies, is a native Texan with more than 20 years of political, legislative and legal experience. He represents various clients, ranging from small trade associations to Fortune 100 companies, with issues before the Texas Legislature and state agencies. Subject matters cover the spectrum – from healthcare to taxation to oil & gas and beyond. He also serves as an ethics advisor to elected officials and candidates from both political parties, corporations, and PACs, helping them maintain compliance with the state’s complex campaign finance and legislative ethics laws.

Blocker began his journey in politics as an intern for the Governor of Texas in 1995. In a very short time, he literally worked his way from the mailroom to the executive suite where he assisted the Governor with daily tasks. Blocker then served as the legislative director for several members of the Texas House of Representatives, and then Chief of Staff / General Counsel for a prominent state senator. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Blocker joined one of Texas’ top law firms as a litigator, lobbyist, and ethics attorney. His litigation practice focused on eminent domain and land use matters, drawing on experience representing both condemners and landowners to ensure his clients received the best possible representation in this highly specialized field.

Blocker’s political experience includes working on several Texas House races and successfully managing a race for an open Texas Senate seat covering 36 counties. It was during this time Blocker began advising candidates on campaign finance law. He now has over 15 years of experience representing clients before the Texas Ethics Commission, forming and operating political action committees, and providing general guidance on ethics compliance issues.

Education
B.A., Cum Laude, Hampden-Sydney College (VA): Student Body President
J.D., University of Texas School of Law

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Background

Bill has been providing clients with strategic legal and regulatory counsel for more than 20 years. He has firsthand experience challenging and enforcing government regulations, having represented both the regulator and the regulated. According to Chambers USA, this gives him a “unique perspective on state regulation, which is respected by all regulating entities in Texas.”

Bill has practiced at two of Texas’s most prestigious law firms, Vinson & Elkins and Jackson Walker, but honed his advocacy skills in-house as Senior Regulatory Counsel for a telecommunications company and in senior positions at the Office of the Texas Attorney General. He currently maintains a thriving regulatory compliance and litigation practice with the law firm of Cobb & Counsel.

Serving as Special Assistant and Senior Counsel to Attorney General Greg Abbott, Bill lead the vanguard challenging EPA’s greenhouse gas regulatory regime, and served as lead trial counsel for the State of Texas in the historic 26-state constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a ObamaCare). When appointing Bill as Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation, Abbott praised him as an “expert legal tactician and successful litigator.” As Deputy Attorney General, Bill managed over 300 attorneys, primarily directing the investigations and enforcement actions conducted by the Civil Medicaid Fraud, Consumer Protection, Antitrust, and Environmental Protection Divisions.

This experience, in conjunction with Bill’s work as in-house counsel, has proven invaluable to his private practice clients in responding to government investigations, navigating regulations, and obtaining licenses and permits. It also informs his crafting of legislative solutions that survive agency implementation and judicial review.

Background

Drew DeBerry has nearly 20 years of experience at the highest levels of public policy development and implementation. He has dedicated his years of service to developing a wealth of knowledge and relationships that complement the growing range of clients at Stalwart Strategies.

DeBerry served on Governor Greg Abbott’s senior staff for the first three years of his term as governor, most recently serving as Director of Budget and Policy, and as Policy Director prior to that. In those roles, DeBerry worked closely with executive agency commissioners, directors, and staff, as well as legislative offices, on all aspects of the state budget and programs throughout state government.

Prior to working for Governor Abbott, DeBerry was the Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture under then-Commissioner Todd Staples. This position followed several years in Washington, D.C., serving under President George W. Bush as the White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S.D.A. He began his career working in the legislative arena as a staff member in the Texas State Senate.

Throughout his extensive public service career, DeBerry has also worked on state and national political campaigns to develop grassroots coalitions and help direct overall campaign strategy.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Drew is the father of three outstanding and talented children and has served on the boards of directors of numerous charitable organizations raising funds for youth development and education.

Education
B.S., Cum Laude, Texas Tech University
Major: Agricultural & Applied Economics

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Background

Gregory J. Macksood has over 13 years of experience advising clients on a broad range of issues in Texas and beyond. He has served as a trusted advisor to a wide range of clients including Fortune 100 corporations, state trade associations and seed capital pre-revenue startups in developing political, legislative, media and grassroots engagement strategies throughout the country.

Greg attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he received his B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, he split time between Columbus, Ohio and Washington D.C. working for a national public affairs/government relations firm where he focused on healthcare, tax policy, and natural resources.

Prior to joining Stalwart Strategies, Inc., Greg directed the government relations efforts in Texas for one of the nation’s largest energy companies. During this time, he served on numerous boards and in leadership positions at several trade associations, learning how to navigate different political climates across Texas and effectively advocate for the energy sector.

In addition to his deep legislative relationships across both sides of the aisle, Greg also has extensive experience representing interests before Texas regulatory agencies on issues including water, transportation, eminent domain, air, land use and minerals. His intimate knowledge of agency procedures makes him an effective advocate for his clients.

Greg’s political experience includes managing a statewide ballot initiative, creating issue advocacy coalitions and implementing media communications strategies.

Education
B.A.,  Miami University
Major: Political Science

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Background

Trey J. Blocker, the Founder of Stalwart Strategies, is a native Texan with more than 20 years of political, legislative and legal experience. He represents various clients, ranging from small trade associations to Fortune 100 companies, with issues before the Texas Legislature and state agencies. Subject matters cover the spectrum – from healthcare to taxation to oil & gas and beyond. He also serves as an ethics advisor to elected officials and candidates from both political parties, corporations, and PACs, helping them maintain compliance with the state’s complex campaign finance and legislative ethics laws.

Blocker began his journey in politics as an intern for the Governor of Texas in 1995. In a very short time, he literally worked his way from the mailroom to the executive suite where he assisted the Governor with daily tasks. Blocker then served as the legislative director for several members of the Texas House of Representatives, and then Chief of Staff / General Counsel for a prominent state senator. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Blocker joined one of Texas’ top law firms as a litigator, lobbyist, and ethics attorney. His litigation practice focused on eminent domain and land use matters, drawing on experience representing both condemners and landowners to ensure his clients received the best possible representation in this highly specialized field.

Blocker’s political experience includes working on several Texas House races and successfully managing a race for an open Texas Senate seat covering 36 counties. It was during this time Blocker began advising candidates on campaign finance law. He now has over 15 years of experience representing clients before the Texas Ethics Commission, forming and operating political action committees, and providing general guidance on ethics compliance issues.

Education
B.A., Cum Laude, Hampden-Sydney College (VA): Student Body President
J.D., University of Texas School of Law

Email Bio • Download PDF

Background

Bill has been providing clients with strategic legal and regulatory counsel for more than 20 years. He has firsthand experience challenging and enforcing government regulations, having represented both the regulator and the regulated. According to Chambers USA, this gives him a “unique perspective on state regulation, which is respected by all regulating entities in Texas.”

Bill has practiced at two of Texas’s most prestigious law firms, Vinson & Elkins and Jackson Walker, but honed his advocacy skills in-house as Senior Regulatory Counsel for a telecommunications company and in senior positions at the Office of the Texas Attorney General. He currently maintains a thriving regulatory compliance and litigation practice with the law firm of Cobb & Counsel.

Serving as Special Assistant and Senior Counsel to Attorney General Greg Abbott, Bill lead the vanguard challenging EPA’s greenhouse gas regulatory regime, and served as lead trial counsel for the State of Texas in the historic 26-state constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a ObamaCare). When appointing Bill as Deputy Attorney General for Civil Litigation, Abbott praised him as an “expert legal tactician and successful litigator.” As Deputy Attorney General, Bill managed over 300 attorneys, primarily directing the investigations and enforcement actions conducted by the Civil Medicaid Fraud, Consumer Protection, Antitrust, and Environmental Protection Divisions.

This experience, in conjunction with Bill’s work as in-house counsel, has proven invaluable to his private practice clients in responding to government investigations, navigating regulations, and obtaining licenses and permits. It also informs his crafting of legislative solutions that survive agency implementation and judicial review.

Background

Drew DeBerry has nearly 20 years of experience at the highest levels of public policy development and implementation. He has dedicated his years of service to developing a wealth of knowledge and relationships that complement the growing range of clients at Stalwart Strategies.

DeBerry served on Governor Greg Abbott’s senior staff for the first three years of his term as governor, most recently serving as Director of Budget and Policy, and as Policy Director prior to that. In those roles, DeBerry worked closely with executive agency commissioners, directors, and staff, as well as legislative offices, on all aspects of the state budget and programs throughout state government.

Prior to working for Governor Abbott, DeBerry was the Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture under then-Commissioner Todd Staples. This position followed several years in Washington, D.C., serving under President George W. Bush as the White House Liaison and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S.D.A. He began his career working in the legislative arena as a staff member in the Texas State Senate.

Throughout his extensive public service career, DeBerry has also worked on state and national political campaigns to develop grassroots coalitions and help direct overall campaign strategy.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Drew is the father of three outstanding and talented children and has served on the boards of directors of numerous charitable organizations raising funds for youth development and education.

Education
B.S., Cum Laude, Texas Tech University
Major: Agricultural & Applied Economics

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Background

Gregory J. Macksood has over 13 years of experience advising clients on a broad range of issues in Texas and beyond. He has served as a trusted advisor to a wide range of clients including Fortune 100 corporations, state trade associations and seed capital pre-revenue startups in developing political, legislative, media and grassroots engagement strategies throughout the country.

Greg attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he received his B.A. in Political Science. After graduation, he split time between Columbus, Ohio and Washington D.C. working for a national public affairs/government relations firm where he focused on healthcare, tax policy, and natural resources.

Prior to joining Stalwart Strategies, Inc., Greg directed the government relations efforts in Texas for one of the nation’s largest energy companies. During this time, he served on numerous boards and in leadership positions at several trade associations, learning how to navigate different political climates across Texas and effectively advocate for the energy sector.

In addition to his deep legislative relationships across both sides of the aisle, Greg also has extensive experience representing interests before Texas regulatory agencies on issues including water, transportation, eminent domain, air, land use and minerals. His intimate knowledge of agency procedures makes him an effective advocate for his clients.

Greg’s political experience includes managing a statewide ballot initiative, creating issue advocacy coalitions and implementing media communications strategies.

Education
B.A.,  Miami University
Major: Political Science

Email Bio • Download PDF

Our extensive relationships at all levels of state government allow us to work with members from both parties to develop creative solutions to complex problems. As the reach of government continues to grow, so does its ability to affect you, your industry and your livelihood. Our job is to convincingly educate policy makers about your issues and concerns.

Effective legislative strategies begin during the election cycle, not the beginning of the legislative session. Our team of political strategists and consultants will help you identify candidates who share your values and help them win.

Want to engage in a referendum or ballot initiative? Our strategists will assist you with messaging, polling, and grassroots outreach to achieve your desired outcome.

The days of winning legislative and political battles with shoe leather and one-pagers is over. A winning strategy in our rapidly changing world requires the use of targeted social media campaigns to create effective coalitions and inspire educated action. Our team is on the cutting edge of these evolving technologies and utilizes them effectively on your behalf.

Our attorneys advise elected officials, political action committees, associations, and corporations to ensure compliance with the state’s intricate campaign finance and ethics laws. The public expects its elected officials and those involved in public policy to adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior. We help achieve that goal.

Our extensive relationships at all levels of state government allow us to work with members from both parties to develop creative solutions to complex problems. As the reach of government continues to grow, so does its ability to affect you, your industry and your livelihood. Our job is to convincingly educate policy makers about your issues and concerns.

Effective legislative strategies begin during the election cycle, not the beginning of the legislative session. Our team of political strategists and consultants will help you identify candidates who share your values and help them win.

Want to engage in a referendum or ballot initiative? Our strategists will assist you with messaging, polling, and grassroots outreach to achieve your desired outcome.

The days of winning legislative and political battles with shoe leather and one-pagers is over. A winning strategy in our rapidly changing world requires the use of targeted social media campaigns to create effective coalitions and inspire educated action. Our team is on the cutting edge of these evolving technologies and utilizes them effectively on your behalf.

Our attorneys advise elected officials, political action committees, associations, and corporations to ensure compliance with the state’s intricate campaign finance and ethics laws. The public expects its elected officials and those involved in public policy to adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior. We help achieve that goal.

Current and former clients of Stalwart Strategies, Inc. include: