President Barack Obama has nominated Jimmie Reyna (`78) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He must now be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Reyna is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Williams Mullen. He is a renowned international trade lawyer respected for his deep expertise in trade policy, business regulation, and compliance law. He also has a distinguished track record of leadership in the Hispanic legal community.
Reyna joined Williams Mullen as a partner in 1998. Previously, he practiced with the firm of Stewart & Stewart, starting as an associate in 1986 and becoming a partner in 1993. His Washington, D.C.-based practice has emphasized work on antidumping and countervailing duty cases, as well as trade policy and trade negotiation matters.
He began his legal career in New Mexico as an associate at the insurance defense law firm of Shaffer, Butt, Thornton & Baer from 1979-1981, and he had his own law practice in Albuquerque from 1981 to 1986, handling civil rights, domestic relations, immigration and criminal law matters, in many instances on a pro bono basis.
Reyna served as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2006-2007, and has held several leadership positions on American Bar Association committees and sections.
The federal circuit is unique among the nation's 13 circuit courts of appeals. It has nationwide jurisdiction in a variety of subject areas, including international trade, government contracts, patents, trademarks, certain money claims against the United States government, federal personnel, veterans' benefits and public safety officers' benefits claims.