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Reginald J. Brown

Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Reginald Brown

Reginald J. Brown is the chairman of the Financial Institutions Practice Group and a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments. Within the Regulatory and Government Affairs Department, Mr. Brown leads the firm's congressional investigations practice. Mr. Brown has one of Washington DC's most vibrant and diverse governmental investigations practices, and regularly counsels financial institutions and other clients facing complex and high stakes regulatory 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.

Practice

Mr. Brown's practice focuses on providing investigation-related expertise, 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 financial institutions and other companies and clients with nearly a hundred congressional inquiries and leads teams of lawyers responding to some of the most challenging CFPB, Justice Department, State Attorneys General and other regulatory investigations. He has also provided crisis avoidance and mitigation assistance in connection with major corporate incidents. Many of his clients are among the world’s most prominent financial institutions, energy companies, government contractors, healthcare institutions and technology firms, as well as CEOs and high ranking public officials.

Background

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. 

Mr. Brown was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve as a member of the Board of Visitors for George Mason University. 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 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.

Education
  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1996

  • BA, Political Science, cum laude, Yale University, 1989, Jackson Prize for Distinguished Service

  • University of Chicago, 2003, Executive Finance Program


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Publications and Multimedia
Miranda Madness In The Sunshine State
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 2, Summer 1999
August 01, 1999