Lawrence H. Brinker, Esq. is an experienced pilot and aviation attorney providing advice and counsel to his clients on public policy issues, regulatory compliance, business development, mergers and acquisitions, and government contracting in the Aerospace, Defense, Agribusiness, and Energy sectors.
Mr. Brinker has over 40 years of successful leadership experience that includes both government and private sector responsibilities. He held key executive positions with The Building Industry Association of New York City (Executive Vice President), Express One International (President & General Counsel), AirTran Airways and AirTran Holdings(General Counsel & Corporate Secretary), Mountain Air Cargo (Director of Operations), Colgan Airways(Director of Safety & General Counsel) and AeroTurbine (Vice President & General Counsel). His corporate clients have included Asiana Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Belgium Challenge Air, Garuda Indonesian Airlines, Agfa, the country of Moldova and other international and domestic companies as well as numerous small Not-for-profits and businesses.
He is retired from the US Air Force with 25 years total active and reserve service. During his military career he attained the rank of Lt. Colonel and held various positions including Command Pilot, Intelligence Officer, Operations Officer, Ethics Counsel, Congressional Liaison and Squadron Commander.
Brinker is a FAA rated Airline Transport Pilot with multiple type ratings and over 8000 international and domestic flying hours. He is an FAA rated Flight Engineer in turbo-jet aircraft. He also served as an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (Air Carrier).
His public service includes being elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, appointment by President Ronald Reagan as Special Assistant for Public Affairs (Veterans and Labor issues), Transportation Counsel for the Bob Dole for President Campaign, Legislative Liaison to the Commander-in-Chief US Special Operations Command, Legislative Liaison (US House of Representatives) to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Transportation Counsel for New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous and New York Governor George Pataki, and Director of Government Relations for the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.
He attended the US Naval Academy and graduated from The Citadel with a BA in Political Science. He earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a JD degree from Atlanta Law School. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, the NTSB bar Association, the Air Force Association, the Civil Air Patrol, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and serves as a panel attorney on the AOPA Legal Services Plan panel.