Juan D. Reyes III has rejoined law firm Seyfarth Shaw in New York in order to focus on real estate and public-private partnerships. Reyes was most recently Acting Administrator and Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
As Chief Counsel, Reyes was the principal legal advisor to the FRA on all U.S. passenger and freight rail matters, including safety regulations, legislation, research, and development, Reyes managed a legal department of 50 attorneys and provided executive direction to its two other divisions, the general law division and the safety law division.
In his new role, Reyes will be focused on public-private-partnerships, using some of the skills that he learned as counsel for the FRA. At the FRA, Reyes was involved in high-speed rail projects in Texas, Florida, California and the Northeast, as well as Chicago’s Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) project, among others.
Reyes will also be working on various real estate matters, including land use, development, and permitting, with particular emphasis in zoning, planning, landmark and building code matters, and governmental approvals.