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Luis M. Reyes

Hablo Español
Area of Focus: Litigation
Luis is an Associate in the litigation practice group. He works primarily on anti-trust cases, contract disputes including insurance coverage questions and other commercial litigation matters. As a former chief instructor of a martial arts school, Luis learned the importance of mentoring others, building trusting relationships, and striving for excellence. 

During his time at the University of Miami, Luis was elected to serve as the Senior Articles Editor for the University of Miami Law Review, and served on the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board. As a student, Luis competed in five moot court competitions, earning awards for brief writing and oral advocacy. During law school, he worked as judicial intern for the Honorable Paul C. Huck in the Southern District of Florida. Luis is a member of both the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers.
Q & A
How does your previous career as a Martial Arts Chief Instructor influence your legal practice?

Every student I had was a unique person, with specific goals and problems to overcome. One person might need help getting in shape; another, building people-skills to make friends at school. Every student needed to be heard and understood on a personal level. Helping people through legal disputes is no different. To that end, I strive to understand each client’s goals, fears, and motivations. These steps are necessary to create a tailored litigation strategy. 

While teaching, I also learned about a key recipe for running a successful business: creating a service so good that word-of-mouth recommendations from clients obviate the need for advertising.  
Describe your experience beginning your legal practice at Bilzin Sumberg.

Bilzin Sumberg includes a formal mentorship program but informal mentoring goes on behind the scenes daily. The attorneys have an open-door policy—literally and figuratively. As an associate, it’s empowering to brainstorm ideas and develop strategies with senior level lawyers. I also appreciate that I get to see how my work is incorporated into a final product.

Early in my career, I’ve learned so much from watching my colleagues depose equivocating witnesses, prepare for and present jury trials, and reach great settlements with otherwise disagreeable counterparties. These are skills that books and law school cannot teach.

How has Bilzin Sumberg succeeded in building a positive firm culture?

People genuinely like each other at the firm. I know most firms strive to achieve a good firm culture, and they’ll say they do, but it’s real at Bilzin Sumberg. The firm invests time and money into programs and events where staff and attorneys socialize and volunteer together in the community. Even during the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve continued to connect virtually for happy hours and cooking classes. 

Bilzin Sumberg places great importance in developing a positive reputation in the community. With the firm’s help, I have joined the Cuban American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association to broaden my peer group. I have also thoroughly enjoyed giving back to the community by mentoring University of Miami moot court teams and helping children in foster care through Lawyers For Children America. 

  • University of Miami, J.D., magna cum laude, 2018
    Florida International University, B.A., Philosophy, cum laude, 2012
  • Cuban American Bar Association
    Federal Bar Association
    Lawyers for Children America
    University of Miami
    Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board Member
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Spanish