Sean Reyes is the 21st Attorney General
for the State of Utah
Sean D. Reyes has served as Utah’s 21st Attorney General and the state’s top law enforcement officer since 2013. He graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University and earned his law degree with honors from U.C. Berkeley.
Attorney General Reyes litigated and tried cases for nearly 14 years at a prominent Utah law firm, representing global clients including many from the technology sector. Later, he served as General Counsel for a technology and media company based in Utah’s Silicon Slopes and was a partner in a venture fund helping to invest in and run various technology businesses.
Recognized in 2008 as the American Bar Association’s first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer, Reyes was selected from thousands of his contemporaries.
Reyes is a global expert in combating human trafficking, prosecuting some of the most significant cases in the western United States. In 2014, he garnered international attention as an undercover operative in Columbia on one of the largest sex trafficking operations on record, helping to liberate over 120 children in a single day. He has continued this work at the invitation of a number of countries, advocating for the most vulnerable. Domestically, he has led many more investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking cases. These have included labor trafficking, sex trafficking, child pornography, illegal adoptions and other types of forced exploitation.
In January 2016, the Utah Attorney General’s Office in collaboration with the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), the Utah State Office of Education, the Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition and the Utah State Legislature launched the statewide SafeUT Crisis Text and Tip line. By harnessing the use of app technology and education to provide confidential counseling services, Utah’s youth stay healthy and safe in schools. SafeUT has saved many children’s lives in addition to preventing school threats.
Reyes has used his interest and background in technology to help bring innovation to the forefront of trafficking in persons, drug crimes and white-collar crimes. His pioneering work in Rapid DNA, Live Time AI aggregation and virtual reality simulations are helping revolutionize law enforcement in the United States. The utilization of AI in response to child abduction cases shorten searches from days to hours and hours to seconds. Due to these cutting-edge protocols, experts in the field predict many more children will be rescued. Additionally, applications of AI have the potential to shorten response times to all incidents including opioid epidemic clusters, active shootings, natural disasters, lockdowns and wildfires.
Attorney General Reyes regularly speaks, testifies before and consults with government bodies and private sector companies and associations about innovation, regulation and ethics. Attorney General Reyes founded and hosts an annual innovation conference in Silicon Valley bringing tech founders, lawmakers and regulators together to showcase and discuss tech policy including IOT, UAV, robotics, autonomous vehicles, video gaming, VR and AI innovation.
Since his appointment, the cooperative success with the DEA has expanded to include active participation and support of the DEA 360 program. The collaborative efforts have created a force multiplier effect through DEA 360 and the Utah Opioid Task Force, addressing and combating the affliction of opioid abuse. He continues to fight tirelessly to educate and reduce opioid related deaths. Most recently, Reyes was cast as narrator and host of a new A&E series, “Addiction Unplugged,” a timely follow-doc that travels from city to city taking a compelling look inside the world of addiction and recovery. The first season aired in August 2019 with a second season slated for 2020.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has received numerous other awards for innovation, excellence and service to his state, his country and the world. Some of the industries that have recognized him include: technology, law, law enforcement, education, real estate, direct sales, construction, assisted living, etc.
The following is a partial list of honors that Reyes has achieved over the past two decades:
Utah Best of State Award, Utah Best of State Commission, 2015 to 2020 (for six consecutive years)
Leadership Recognition, Masonic Temple, Salt Lake City, 2020
Commendation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, (2019, 2015)
Distinguished Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America Great Salt Lake Council, 2019
Award of Merit, Fraternal Order of Police Utah Lodge, 2018
Leadership Award, Alliance Defending Freedom, 2018
AV Preeminent Rating (5.0/5.0) for over 10 years, Martindale Hubbel
Leadership Recognition, North Ogden Kiwanis, 2017
Public Servant Award, International Leadership Foundation, 2017
Best Brief U.S. Supreme Court, National Association of Attorneys General, 2016
Distinguished Service Award, Operation Underground Railroad, 2016
National Service Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2016
Liberator Award, Marriott Foundation, 2016
Leadership Award, Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, 2015-2016
Rotary International Recognition, Utah Rotary Chapters, 2016
Public Official of the Year Finalist Award, Weyrich Foundation, 2015
Humanitarian Service Award, Republic of Mexico, 2015
National Republican Rising Star, Republican National Committee, 2015
Honorary Sheriff Leadership Award, Utah Sheriff's Association, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015
Daniels Fund Ethics Award, Daniels Fund, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015
Meritorious Service Recognition, Utah Narcotics Officers Association, 2014
Distinguished Service Award, Accelerate Ventures, 2013
Stands with Israel Award, 2012
Top National Business Leader Award, Asian American Business Leaders, 2010
Outstanding Young Lawyer for the Nation, American Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2007
Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2008
Utah Young Lawyer of the Year, Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah 2006
Outstanding 50 Asian Professionals in America Award, Asian American Business Development Center, New York, New York, 2008
Utah Legal Elite, Utah Business Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah 2005-2013
National Top Lawyers, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Boston, 2009
National Partnering Award, American Bar Association, Honolulu, Hawaii 2006
Special Merit Award, Utah State Bar, Laguna, California, 2006
Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2009-2010
Enlightened 50, Greg Warnock and Community Foundation of Utah, 2011
40 Under 40, Utah Business Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah 2006
Utah’s Twenty Most Influential Hispanics in Business, Business Connect Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2008
Asian Business Professional of the Year, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Salt Lake City Utah, 2008
Utah Young Lawyer of the Year Award , Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City Utah, 2005