Reginald J. Brown is the chairman of the firm's Financial Institutions Group and also leads the firm's congressional investigations practice as a member of the firm's Strategic Response Group. Mr. Brown has one of Washington DC's most vibrant and diverse governmental investigations practices, and regularly counsels financial institutions and other industry-leading clients facing complex and high stakes regulatory, enforcement and reputational matters. He joined the firm in 1997, and served as special assistant to the President and associate White House Counsel from 2003 to 2005.
Mr. Brown provides investigations-related guidance, strategic counsel and crisis management assistance to a broad range of companies and senior executives confronting challenges and opportunities at the intersection of government, law, media and public policy. He has assisted leading institutions and high-profile individual clients with more than a hundred congressional inquiries and crisis avoidance and mitigation matters. Mr. Brown also leads teams of lawyers responding to some of the most challenging Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Department of Justice (DOJ), State Attorneys General and other regulatory or enforcement matters for financial institutions. Many of his clients are among the world's most prominent banks, hedge funds, private equity and venture firms, energy companies, government contractors, healthcare institutions, and technology firms, as well as CEOs and high-ranking public officials. Mr. Brown has also assisted prospective and incumbent high-level public officials in connection with complex ethics agreements and governmental controversies.
Mr. Brown previously served in the White House Counsel's office, where he was the White House's principal legal liaison to the Departments of Treasury and Housing and Urban Development, as well as many independent financial services agencies. In this role, he provided counsel on a wide variety of issues. Mr. Brown also served as a counselor for the White House Office of Political Affairs, Presidential Personnel Office and the National Economic Council.
In 2011, Mr. Brown was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve as a four-year member of the Board of Visitors for George Mason University, where he served on the Board's Audit and Executive Committee. Mr. Brown is also a member of the Board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, and the Board of the American Council on Germany. Mr. Brown is also an active member of The Federalist Society. In 2011, Mr. Brown also co-chaired Harvard Law School's Celebration of Black Alumni reunion.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Brown served as assistant to the CEO and vice president of corporate strategy at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and as the deputy general counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Mr. Brown also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia early in his professional career. While working as an associate at WilmerHale in the 1990s, Mr. Brown served as co-counsel to victims of the Oklahoma City Bombing in connection with sentencing proceedings for Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier.
- Counsel for numerous institutions and senior executives in connection with Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission inquiries.
- Counsel for several financial institutions in connection with congressional, State AG, or federal mortgage foreclosure crisis inquiries.
- Counsel for IRS Commissioner in successful defense against impeachment effort.
- Counsel for a global energy company in connection with a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) inquiry regarding trading activities.
- Counsel for major pharmaceutical company in inquiry regarding opioid abuse issues.
- Counsel for a leading US retailer in connection with a high-profile data breach controversy.
- Counsel for a major activist hedge fund in connection with a Senate Aging Committee inquiry regarding drug price increases.
- Counsel for a global communications company in connection with a PSI inquiry regarding customer service practices in the pay TV sector.
- Counsel for a global social media company in connection with a Senate Commerce Committee inquiry regarding alleged suppression of content.
- Counsel for high-profile Cabinet nominee in Senate confirmation and ethics office proceedings.
- Counsel for a government contractor in connection with inquiries regarding Edward Snowden and related national security issues.
- Counsel for a global financial institution in a DOJ, IRS and PSI inquiry regarding offshore banking and possible tax avoidance by US taxpayers.
- Counsel for a major financial institution in connection with a CFPB inquiry regarding mortgage insurance arrangements.
- Counsel for a large short-term lender in connection with a CFPB inquiry regarding debt collection practices.
- Counsel for a high-profile technology company in connection with a PSI inquiry regarding repatriation and other tax related issues.
- Counsel for global financial institution in connection with PSI inquiry regarding risk management practices.
- Counsel for a former member of the Hewlett-Packard Board of Directors in connection with the HP "pretexting" scandal, including corporate, congressional, SEC and DOJ inquiries.
- Counsel for a four star Army general in connection with Benghazi related inquiries.
- Counsel for a global financial institution in connection with a CFPB inquiry regarding vendor issues.
- Counsel for hedge fund in connection with a Senate Banking Committee inquiry regarding high-frequency trading.
- Counsel for broker dealer in Grassley, SEC and SDNY inquiry in connection with “political intelligence” firms.
- Counsel for green energy entity in connection with stimulus program inquiries by the House Energy and Commerce and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
- Counsel for a global engineering and construction company in connection with a governmental inquiry regarding whistleblower allegations at a nuclear facility.
- Counsel for several other high-profile entities in connection with stimulus program inquiries by Congress and the Executive Branch.
- Counsel for a CEO in connection with a state and federal investigation regarding gifts to a prominent State Governor.
- Counsel for a major research university in connection with congressional and other inquiries regarding a high-profile fatality.
- Counsel for former Congressman Jim Kolbe in connection with a House Ethics Committee Investigation and DOJ Preliminary Inquiry; both matters closed with no finding of wrongdoing.
- Counsel for a CEO in connection with House Ethics Committee investigation of Congressman Charles Rangel.
- Counsel for congressional staffers in connection with high-profile ethics investigation by FBI.
- Counsel for secret service agent in connection with high-profile inquiry regarding Presidential visit to South America.
- Counsel for a government contractor in an oversight inquiry regarding background check services provided to the Office of Personnel Management.
- Counsel for a global financial institution in connection with a TARP Special Inspector General inquiry.
- Counsel for social media company in multistate Attorney General data breach inquiry.
- Counsel for a medical device company in connection with a House Energy and Commerce Committee inquiry regarding dual use technology and national security issues.
- Counsel for an energy company in connection with a House Energy and Commerce Committee inquiry regarding fracturing.
- Counsel for a global financial services company in connection with House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and other inquiries regarding a TARP-assisted merger.
- Counsel for portfolio company in connection with fraud, waste and abuse inquiry by Senator Charles Grassley.
- Counsel for automotive dealers and community banks in connection with Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigations.
- Counsel for a financial institution in connection with DOJ Civil Rights Division and HUD inquiries.
- Counsel for a former defense industry CEO in connection with a Department of Justice public corruption investigation.
- Counsel for a structured payments company in connection with a CFPB inquiry regarding marketing practices.
- Counsel for a media company in connection with a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee inquiry regarding possible false statements by a CEO.
- Counsel for a CEO in connection with a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee inquiry regarding hedge funds and the financial markets.
- Counsel for a financial institution in connection with a PSI investigation regarding dividend tax payments.
- Counsel for a financial institution in connection with a high-profile AML investigation by the PSI and other governmental entities.
- Counsel for an internet company in connection with a House Judiciary Committee hearing regarding privacy issues.
- Counsel for a transportation and shipping company in connection with a House Judiciary Committee inquiry regarding corporate downsizing.
- Counsel for a financial institution in connection with a PSI inquiry regarding the tax treatment of complex financial instruments.
- Counsel for a CEO in connection with a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation and hearing regarding executive compensation.
- Counsel for a financial institution in connection with an Office of Congressional Ethics inquiry.
- Counsel for several senior US government officials in connection with congressional and executive branch inquiries.
- Counsel for a senior foreign official in connection with US inquiries relating to the United Nations "Oil for Food" investigation.
- Counsel for a defense contractor in connection with a congressional ethics probe.
- Counsel for a large student loan company in connection with multistate and federal investigations into lending practices.
- Counsel for a financial institution in connection with Ethics Committee investigation of Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
- Additional significant recent experience representing clients before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; House Energy and Commerce Committee; House Education and Labor Committee; House Armed Services Committee; House Financial Services Committee; House International Relations Committee; House Judiciary Committee; House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee; Senate Ethics Committee; Senate Finance Committee; Senate Armed Services Committee; Senate Banking Committee; Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Senate Health, Education; Labor and Pensions Committee; Senate Aging Committee; Department of Justice Public Integrity Section and the State Attorneys General for Florida, New York, Iowa, Texas and Virginia.
- Represented a large US energy company in connection with regulatory strategy for several transactions involving major Chinese-owned energy companies.
- Represented Lucent Technologies with respect to the CFIUS review of its merger with Alcatel, and in connection with a related Congressional inquiry.
- Represented a large Asian sovereign wealth fund in connection with CFIUS analysis of a major energy transaction.
- Represented a Deutsche Bank subsidiary with respect to the CFIUS review of its acquisition of Maher Terminals, Port of New Jersey and New York.
- Represented the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the world's largest bank, in connection with its successful application for Federal Reserve Board approval of expanded US branch operations.
- Represented Morgan Stanley in connection with regulatory review of a Japanese investment during the 2008 financial crisis.
- Pro bono counsel for marriage equality brief on behalf of 300 prominent conservatives and libertarians in the US Supreme Court.
- Pro bono counsel for Navy chaplain in successful defense of religious liberty case arising from faith based counseling session.
- Pro bono counsel for Charles Winters in successful application for posthumous presidential pardon.
- Pro bono counsel for American aid worker Jim Allen in successful effort to secure release from detention in Haiti.
- Pro bono counsel for former Peace Corps volunteers who were victims of sexual assault in connection with successful effort to pass the Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act.
- Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for financial services regulation in 2017
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JD, Harvard Law School, 1996cum laude
BA, Political Science, Yale University, 1989cum laude Jackson Prize for Distinguished Service
University of Chicago, 2003Executive Finance Program
District of Columbia
The Hon. Joseph W. Hatchett, US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1996 - 1997
Executive Office of the President
The White HouseSpecial Assistant to President George W. Bush
Executive Office of the President
The White HouseAssociate White House Counsel
State and Local GovernmentDeputy General Counsel, Governor Jeb Bush, Florida