Profile of Robert J. Brinkmann
Robert Brinkmann is a Washington attorney whose focus is on postal, media, and related issues.  He is one of the nation’s foremost postal authorities.  He currently serves as Legislative Counsel to the National League of Postmasters, and counsels Discover Financial Services LLC and others on postal matters.  He is responsible for negogiating and litigating the first functionally equivalent Negotiated Service Agreement (NDA) with the Postal Service.

He has also served as counsel and Executive Director of the Newspaper Target Marketing Coalition as well as the Red Tag News Publications Association, a magazine industry postal group representing top circulation executives. 

Before forming his own law firm, Brinkmann was a partner in Olive, Edwards, & Brinkmann LLC.  Prior to that he served the newspaper industry for 20 years as Vice President and Counsel of Postal and Regulatory Affairs for the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) and as General Counsel of the National Newspaper Association (NNA), representing newspapers such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Washington Times and thousands of community newspapers, including Roll Call.

Brinkmann has broad and deep experience on media issues that range from the First Amendment to intellectual property, telecommunications¸ FOIA, privacy, labor, antitrust, advertising, and newsroom issues. He has written scores of articles, edited several journals and newsletters, and edited books on these issues.

Mr. Brinkmann started his career with the Washington law firm of Hedrick & Lane, practicing telecommunications law and representing Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable, and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers.
Brinkmann is also known for both his grassroots lobbying and public relations expertise, and has had his techniques spotlighted in professional articles. 

He has taught "Mass Communications Law" since 1996 as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, one of the nation’s top journalism schools. Mr. Brinkmann is listed in Who’s Who is America, Who’s Who in American Law, and several other such publications.  At one point in his career he was instrumental in stopping a Constitutional effort to amend the First Amendment.

Admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia, Mr. Brinkmann holds degrees from Brown University, the University of Notre Dame, and Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.  Mr. Brinkmann has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the 6th Circuit, and the 9th Circuit.