Reginald J. Brown is the chairman of Wilmer Hale'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 Wilmer Hale 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 fouryear
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.