Robert J. Brinkmann

Bob is a regulatory and legislative attorney with more than thirty years of experience in our nation’s capital.  His focus is federal regulatory and legislative matters and he specializes in matters concerning the Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commissin, media issues, and related matters.  Bob is one of the nation’s foremost postal authorities.  He has chaired the American Bar Association’s postal affairs committee and severed on the Postmaster General’s Mailer Technical Advisory Committee.  He is one of a handful of attorneys who have successfully negotiated multiple Negotiated Service Agreements (NSAs) with the Postal Service, each worth tens of millions of dollars.  Bob has served as Vice President and Counsel of the Newspaper Association of America, and General Counsel of the National Newspaper Association.  In those capacities he served companies such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Times Mirror, Knight-Ridder, Advance Publications, Gannett, and the McClatchy Company, as well as thousands of community newspapers.  Bob is known for his leadership abilities, negotiating skills, and public relations skills.  His grassroots lobbying expertise has been noted by the media and he has worked on the state level as well as the federal.  In addition to postal issue, he has broad experience with First Amendment, telecommunications¸ FOIA, Fair Labor Standards Act, advertising, and newsroom issues.  He has taught communications law at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, one of the nation’s top journalism schools.  He has written scores of articles, and edited a variety of journals, newsletters, and books on postal issues and other legal and policy matters. 


B.A. University of Notre Dame

A.M. Brown University

J.D. Loyola Law School of Los Angeles

Bar Admissions

The District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of California

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 6th Circuit, and 9th Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Northern District of California, and Central District of California