He is the best in the business. There is no one who comes close to his ability in Congressional investigations." - Chambers' Crisis & Risk Management 2022
Reginald “Reg” Brown is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has a vibrant and diverse crisis and governmental investigations practice, and regularly counsels financial institutions and other industry-leading clients facing complex and significant regulatory, enforcement and reputational matters.
Reg 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, as well as numerous federal, state and global government investigations and crisis avoidance and mitigation matters.
Reg leads teams of lawyers responding to some of the most challenging Department of Justice (DOJ), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), 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. Reg has also assisted prospective and incumbent high-level public officials in connection with complex ethics agreements and governmental controversies.
Prior to joining Kirkland, Reg was a partner at WilmerHale, where he served as chairman of the firm's Financial Institutions Group and led the firm's congressional investigations practice as vice chair of the Crisis Management and Strategic Response Group. He 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. Among other things, Reg served as a counselor for the White House Office of Political Affairs, Presidential Personnel Office and the National Economic Council.
Prior to his government service, Reg served as assistant to the CEO and vice president of corporate strategy at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and as the deputy general counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Federated States of Micronesia early in his professional career.
Named a 2021 Crisis Leadership Trailblazer by The National Law Journal
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Government Relations in 2022; Financial Services Litigation in 2022; and Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense in 2021
Recognized by Chambers Crisis and Risk Management for Crisis Management in 2022
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business as a nationwide leader in the Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Enforcement & Investigations) in 2020–2022 and Government Relations: Congressional Investigations in 2021–2022
Selected by peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of white collar criminal defense in 2019–2023; banking and finance law in 2020–2023; and government relations in 2021–2023
Named a Life Sciences Star by LMG Life Sciences in 2020
Named a 2019 Technology Law Trailblazer by The National Law Journal
Named a highly regarded lawyer in the financial services regulatory by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms in 2018
Admissions & Qualifications
- District of Columbia
- Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.cum laude1996
- Yale UniversityB.A., Political Sciencecum laude1989Jackson Prize for Distinguished Service