Luis Reyes assists clients in a wide range of areas including government investigations, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, government relations, litigation and public policy development.
Mr. Reyes contributes a wealth of experience resulting from over a decade of public service in senior state and federal government positions that include service as a commissioned officer and senior aide to the President of the United States; Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the federal law enforcement agency charged with rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq; Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice; and, as a trial attorney for the State of Texas.
Since joining the Ashcroft Law Firm, Mr. Reyes has advised multinational organizations regarding compliance with a large range of regulatory matters including issues involving the FCPA, FATCA, OFAC, SOX, ITAR, and the Bank Secrecy Act (Anti- Money Laundering). Some of his recent work has included leading a comprehensive compliance review project for a major United States publicly held company with an annual gross of over $6 billion. This review involved a thorough investigation of the organization’s compliance with all applicable regulatory schemes as well as the design, review and implementation of corporate compliance policies and procedures. Mr. Reyes was also instrumental in creating an implementing an internal investigations protocol for the company and training of company attorneys and investigations related personnel. Mr. Reyes also recently assisted in successfully managing a voluntary monitor project for an international financial institution that required monitoring AML compliance programs; testing account surveillance system; and making recommendations. Mr. Reyes has effectively represented this client before the U.S. Departments of Justice and the U.S. Department of Treasury.
In the area of anti-corruption, from 2009 to January 2011, Mr. Reyes served as General Counsel for the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (“SIGIR”) – the independent federal law enforcement agency charged with rooting out waste, fraud and abuse of the more than $50 billion in U.S. funds appropriated for reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Mr. Reyes played a key role in investigations and prosecutions of violations of the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and major fraud. SIGIR’s oversight has returned over $1 billion to the U.S. Government.
From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Reyes held senior positions at the White House. In 2008 he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Acting Assistant to the President in charge of the Office of Presidential Personnel, serving as chief advisor to the President on human capital matters. In 2006, President Bush appointed him to be Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, with responsibility over the legal, national security, and international affairs portfolio, which included the Departments of Justice, Defense, State, Homeland Security, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the United States Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
From 2001 to 2006 Mr. Reyes served in various high ranking positions at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington including Deputy Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff to Associate Attorney General of the United States (2005 -2006); Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division (2003-2005); and Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division (2001-2003). From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Reyes served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, handling a robust civil litigation practice at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal court.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1994, and a J.D. in 1997.