Juan D. Reyes III, Chief Counsel
Juan D. Reyes III is Chief Counsel for the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). With a deep background in public-private partnerships (P3), Mr. Reyes now serves as the principal legal advisor to the Administrator, oversees all FRA legal matters, and manages a Legal Department of approximately 50 attorneys. In doing so, Mr. Reyes is responsible for all FRA legal advice on passenger and freight rail matters in the United States, including safety regulations, legislation, research, and development, as well as grant and loan programs for both passenger and freight railroad infrastructure.
In addition, Mr. Reyes plays a critical role in FRA’s multi-billion dollar funding projects, such as those efforts to provide federal funding for Amtrak’s capital improvement projects around the country. Mr. Reyes provides counsel and advice in matters pertaining to the upgrades to the United States’ passenger and freight rail systems, with particular attention on improvements to the Northeast Corridor, as well as high speed rail infrastructure development throughout the country, including California and Texas (Houston to Dallas). And, Mr. Reyes also assists the Department of Transportation with its efforts relating to a bipartisan infrastructure bill to modernize the United States, including on matters involving public-private partnerships that range in the billions of dollars.
Prior to joining the FRA, Mr. Reyes was a partner in the New York offices of an international AmLaw 100 law firm with approximately 900 attorneys across 14 offices. He concentrated his practice on land use, development, and permitting, with particular experience in zoning, planning, landmark and building code matters, and governmental approvals. Mr. Reyes was also instrumental in developing his firm’s P3 practice. In addition to his private practice experience, Mr. Reyes has significant prior executive branch experience, having served as General Counsel to the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, and also served as Counsel to the New York City Loft Board, Office of the Mayor. He has served on both the Zoning Committee and the Housing and Urban Development Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.