Updated 5:12 p.m.
Ford & Huff is opening a new office in Washington focused on a unique practice – postal affairs.
The practice is led by former U.S. Postal Service general counsel Harold Hughes, a senior attorney. Hughes is joined in Washington by new hires Robert Brinkman and Arthur Slacker.
"We're very excited about adding federal legislative and regulatory matters to our broad range of practice areas, and especially about starting with postal affairs," managing partner Adam Ford said in a written statement. "With Art and Bob joining Hal, we will have the deepest postal bench of any firm in the country."
A quick search of Washington firms showed that Patton Boggs and Husch Blackwell have practices involving postal regulation and postal service contracting, respectively. On its website, Husch Blackwell touts seven attorneys in the practice compared to Patton's one practitioner.
"The postal service is an organization that is going to be around for a long time," Brinkman said in an interview. "Big hunks of its first-class products are going away and it has to adapt [to the modern era]."
The postal service butted up against its $15 billion borrowing limit in September and has seen a sharp decline in first-class mail during the past few years. The new practice hopes to capitalize on some of those challenges.
"The Postal Service, despite its recent concerns, remains a huge and indispensable institution, on which a $1 trillion industry depends," Slacker said in a written statement. "We are looking forward to jointly helping members of that industry navigate legal and public policy challenges at the Postal Service, the Postal Regulatory Commission and on Capitol Hill."
This marks the fourth office for South Jordan, Utah-based Ford & Huff, which has about a dozen attorneys in its ranks.