Verizon FiOS users in Washington, New York and several other cities have 35-year-old Wiley Rein partner Brendon Pinkard to thank for their cable television. From 2004 to 2010, Pinkard worked on Verizon franchise agreements that affected more than 5 million households in East Coast cities. As part of his work for Verizon, he negotiated the agreements with the cities, developed advocacy plans to win city council support for the deals and testified at public hearings before city councils.
Pinkard, who focuses on cable television, video, telecommunications and broadband issues in Wiley’s communications practice in Washington, said he continues to work on cable issues for Verizon. But the lawyer said he also is working on matters concerning Verizon’s home-monitoring and security services. The company launched the services this year. “It is interesting work that is really on the cutting edge,” he said. “It is an exciting place to be right now.”
Pinkard said he developed an early interest in communications from his parents. His stepfather, Jim Vance, has worked at the NBC Washington affiliate since 1969 and is now the lead anchor for the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. His mother, Kathy Vance, also has ties to the station, holding various newsroom posts from 1974 to 1998. But Pinkard said he didn’t want to be on television and decided to pursue a legal career in communications instead. “It’s sort of a natural fit for my background,” he said. A 2002 graduate of Columbia Law School, Pinkard spent time as a business analyst for Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates and as a legal intern for the Legal Aid Society in New York and U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina in Washington before joining Dickstein Shapiro in 2002. A couple of years later, he came to Wiley as an associate. The firm promoted him to partner in 2010. — Andrew Ramonas