Robert Brinkmann's practice, based in Washington D.C., focuses on federal regulatory and legislative matters, with an emphasis on postal policy and regulatory issues and media law and lobbying. With more than 28 years of postal expertise, Brinkmann is one of the nation's foremost postal authorities, and currently serves as the chair of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Postal Matters Committee.
Our firm offers law, government relations, and public affairs expertise in a way that combines the professionalism of a big firm practice with the personal care of a small firm. Fortune 100 companies and major trade associations rely on our expertise and counsel, as do smaller firms and trade associations such as the National League of Postmasters.
Brinkmann has decades of experience representing media companies and community newspapers and served as a Vice President and Counsel in the Government Relations department of America's largest newspaper trade association. In that capacity he represented the interests of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and others for over a decade.
For Discover Financial Services, we led the team that negotiated the first functionally equivalent Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) with the United States Postal Service, and then successfully shepherded the NSA through the approval process of the Postal Rate Commission, now transformed into the Postal Regulatory Commission. We obtained approval without a hearing and as drafted--with no added regulatory limitations.
The Postal Service's recent summer and fall sales, as well as several other innovative pricing products have grown out of subsequent discussions of ours. The time is ripe for other new and innovative projects in the postal area. We welcome inquiries.