Jimmie Reyna: First Hispanic on Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Jimmie ReynaJimmie Reyna (`78) has been unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest and first Hispanic member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Prior to his confirmation, Reyna was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Williams Mullen, Clark & Dobbins, where he led the law firm's International Trade and Customs Group and served on its board of directors. He is a renowned international trade lawyer, respected for his deep expertise in trade policy, business regulation and compliance law. He has published two books on international trade, and has a third, International Trade Laws and Customs Regulations of Latin America, slated for publication later in 2011.

Reyna also has a distinguished track record of leadership in the Hispanic legal community. In 2009, the Mexican government presented him with the Ohtli Award in Law, the highest recognition that the Mexican government bestows on non-Mexican citizens. He served as national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) in 2006-2007 and in 2007 he was honored with the HNBA's Extraordinary Leadership Award. Reyna was also named to the American Bar Association President's Advisory Council on Diversity in the Legal Profession in 2006.

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.

Reyna is a native of Clovis, New Mexico, He began his career as a litigator in Albuquerque where he handled insurance defense, domestic relations, civil rights, tort and criminal defense matters. In 1986, he and his wife, Dolores, moved their family to the Washington, D.C. area, driven to meet the needs of his eldest son, who is autistic.

Jimmie Reyna profile in Spring 2002 UNM Law

April 11, 2011