A Dozen Wiley Rein Practices Recognized In “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 17:17

Twelve Wiley Rein practice areas have been recognized in the 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” rankings, published annually by U.S. News & World Report.  For the second consecutive year, Wiley Rein’s preeminent Communications Practice is ranked in the top tier nationally. The list places the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Insurance Law Practices in the top tier of groups in the Washington, DC region. Notably, Wiley Rein also is rated in the top tier of DC-area firms for its administrative and regulatory law capabilities.

U.S. News Media Group, which teamed with “Best Lawyers” to produce its 2011-2012 “Best Law Firms” rankings, commended the rated firms for demonstrating a “unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.” The rated practice areas reflect the depth and scope of the legal, regulatory and public policy expertise that has made Wiley Rein a legal institution in the nation’s capital. 

U.S. News recognized Wiley Rein’s capabilities as being among the best in the nation and in Washington, DC in Communications Law; Environmental Law; FDA Law and Insurance Law.

A dozen Wiley Rein practice areas were ranked as among the best in Washington, DC:

Administrative / Regulatory Law; Appellate Practice; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Communications Law; Environmental Law; FDA Law; Franchise Law; Health Care Law; Insurance Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy; and Litigation – Intellectual Property.


Brendon M. Pinkard, a partner in Wiley Rein’s Communications Practice, has been named by The National Law Journal to its nationwide list of “Minority 40 Under 40”-a select group of the best “ethnically diverse lawyers” in the country.

Mr. Pinkard, who focuses on cable television, video, telecommunications and broadband issues, received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from Morehouse College. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pinkard was a legal intern at the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division in New York, a business analyst at Thompson Cobb Bazilio & Associates and a legal intern for U.S. District Court for the District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina.


Elbert Lin has rejoined the firm as a partner in its Appellate and Telecommunications Practices. Mr. Lin, who recently completed a clerkship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, previously was an associate in the firm’s preeminent Communications Practice.

Prior to first joining Wiley Rein in 2007, Mr. Lin served as a law clerk for Judge William Pryor, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and law clerk for the Judge Robert E. Keeton, senior judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He also was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch.