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 US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Advisory Committee on Procedures. Mr. Brown is also an active member of The Federalist Society and The American Council on Germany. 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.