Luis A. Reyes is a shareholder in Ashcroft’s Austin office.
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His practice includes assisting clients in a wide range of areas including Litigation, Government Investigations (Civil, Criminal & Congressional), Internal Investigations, International Risk & Investigations, Crisis Response, Regulatory Compliance, and Remediation.
Mr. Reyes has deep experience in both public service and private practice. His extensive public service in senior government positions includes service as a senior White House official and aide to the President of the United States; senior positions at the United States Department of Justice, including Deputy Associate Attorney General; Chief of Staff to the Associate Attorney General and as a chief legal counsel to the heads of both the Civil and Civil Rights Divisions. Mr. Reyes has also served as Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the federal law enforcement agency charged with rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the reconstruction of Iraq, and as a trial attorney and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas.
In private practice , Mr. Reyes leads a robust practice that involves providing legal counsel to a wide range of companies and individuals, involving numerous settings, industries and countries around the world. Some of his representative matters include providing legal counsel to one of the world’s largest music production companies on a variety domestic and international regulatory matters; providing strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies regarding litigation with the United States Department of Justice; providing advise to companies on various anti-trust matters pending before the United States Department Antitrust Division leading to ultimate clearance for mergers; successful resolution of civil litigation in Federal court involving complex trademark disputes; successfully obtaining a winning trial verdict in civil litigation in a land use matter brought by a governmental entity in the State of Texas; successful representation and internal investigation at the request of a foreign state relating to compliance with international anti-money laundering standards; leading an internal investigation for an international academic institution that led to recognition of its compliance practices as best in class; providing advice to the Board of Directors of an international company on crisis response matters throughout the COV-19 pandemic.
Additionally, Mr. Reyes continues to advise multinational organizations regarding compliance with a large range of regulatory matters including issues involving the FCPA, FATCA, OFAC, SOX, ITAR, the FAR and the Bank Secrecy Act (Anti- Money Laundering). Some of his past 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 and 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 all senior human capital matters administration wide. 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. From 2005 -2006, Mr. Reyes was Deputy Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff to Associate Attorney General of the United States. In that role he assisted in the management of the civil and programmatic components of the Department with a budget of over $3 billion. During that time Mr. Reyes provided oversight and counsel on high value litigation efforts emanating from the Civil Division, Antitrust and Tax Divisions, requiring approval of the Associate Attorney General, the third highest ranking official in the Department of Justice. Mr. Reyes also played a significant role in special projects, such as the development of the future National Security Division. Prior to that, Mr. Reyes served as Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division (2003-2005) where he was chief counsel to the Assistant Attorney General on issues related to anti-human trafficking efforts, among other division issues. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Reyes was Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division where he provided counsel to the head of the division and led the supervision over various Division litigation efforts, including the U.S. government litigation versus the tobacco industry and several civil defensive matters. 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. Mr. Reyes has been granted numerous high-level security clearances after successfully passing requisite extensive FBI background checks multiple times.