Sean Reyes is among the most dynamic and successful young professionals in the country today. He has been recognized nationally and locally for his legal skills and professionalism, local and national Bar leadership and unparalleled commitment to public service. He has lent his legal expertise to media outlets ranging from Fox National Business News to the Economist.
Education and Select Legal Experience:
After graduating summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1994, Sean earned his law degree with honors from U.C. Berkeley in 1997. He practiced for nearly fourteen years at Parsons Behle & Latimer, the largest law firm in the State, where he became one of the first minority lawyers to make partner at a major Utah firm. While there, Sean represented clients on some of the largest and most high profile litigation cases in the history of the State. He argued or briefed cases before state and federal courts throughout the country, including the Utah Supreme Court and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. For years, Sean has maintained an "AV" rating, the highest ranking possible as determined by peer ratings.
During that time, Sean was honored as the first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer by the American Bar Association, a distinction bestowed on one lawyer out of millions nationwide. Sean was also recognized as the Utah Young Lawyer of the Year, one of the forty most influential business leaders under the age of forty and the first recipient of Brigham Young University's Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. Sean has continued to be recognized with awards and accolades for his legal skill and excellence in his current role as General Counsel for eTAGZ, an up-and-coming Utah media and technology company.
In the legal community, Sean has served for over a decade as a small claims judge and spent two years serving on the governing body of the Utah State Bar. He was President of the Utah Minority Bar for which he received state and national honors and served in leadership for the Young Lawyers Division. Sean has lectured at both law schools, presented at numerous legal conferences and mentored countless students. His legal volunteer endeavors have included community education projects, free legal clinics, fundraising for pro bono legal services, clothing drives and service on various task forces and commissions.
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In the business community, Sean has served on boards for "for-profit" and "non-profit" entities, including organizations ranging from Utah Fast Pass (for fallen law enforcement officers) to United Way Heroes. He helped rebuild the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and co-founded its education foundation. He was an early supporter of the Utah Asian Chamber and helped establish its education initiative. Sean has created programs to bring larger businesses together to mentor smaller ones. Sean was also a co-founder of Fraud College, a free-to-the-public symposium to educate everyday citizens on how to avoid being taken by scams with an on-line component for support. Fraud College has received national acclaim and been lauded as a model for combating fraud nationwide. The next Fraud College takes place January 25, 2012 at the University of Utah.
Sean’s deep appreciation and love of Utah has led him to devote thousands of hours to community and non-profit organizations and underserved individuals. As an example, Sean supervised hundreds of volunteers over a three year period who taught English classes to thousands of immigrants from all over the world. Sean speaks frequently at schools from the elementary level to higher education and even juvenile detention facilities to promote education, self-responsibility and self-reliance.
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In addition to his legal career and volunteer service, Sean has been very involved in Utah politics. He has served as a county, state and national (alternate) delegate for the Republican Party and a member of the State Central Committee (the governing body of the Utah Republican Party). He is currently a leader in his local precinct. He was appointed by Governor John Huntsman to serve as one of the youngest members of the prestigious Third District Judicial Nominating Commission and spent several years on a National Congressional Commission started by President Geroge W. Bush. Appointed by Congress and the President of the United States, Reyes conducted public hearings throughout the country to advise the Administration and Congress on Latino issues.
Sean and his wife, Saysha, currently live in Cottonwood Heights and are the proud parents of 6 children. In his free time, Sean is active in scouting and church organizations. He enjoys coaching little league football, baseball, and basketball as well as writing poetry, cooking, shooting guns and training in mixed martial arts.