Ramon E. Reyes, Jr. was appointed as a Magistrate Judge of the Eastern District of New York on February 13, 2006. Judge Reyes received a B.S. degree in 1988 from Cornell University, a J.D. degree in 1992 from Brooklyn Law School, and an LL.M. degree in 1993 from New York University School of Law. While at Brooklyn Law School, he served as Editor in Chief of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and was a Fellow in the Center for the Study of International Business Law.
Upon graduation from NYU School of Law, Judge Reyes was a legislative attorney for the New York City Council (1993). Thereafter, he was a law clerk to the late-Honorable David G. Trager, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York (1994), and a litigation associate in the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP (1995-98). From 1998 to 2006, Judge Reyes was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, serving in the latter two years as Deputy Chief of Civil Appeals.
Judge Reyes currently serves on intercircuit assignment in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico as an evaluative mediator for In re: The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, as representative of The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, et al., No. 17 BK 3283-LTS (D.P.R.), the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States.
From January 2014 through late-2016, Judge Reyes served as one of three magistrate judges on In Re: Hurricane Sandy Cases, 14-MC-0041 (E.D.N.Y.), an innovative method of coordinating case management and resolution of more than 1,500 individual insurance coverage cases resulting from Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
Magistrate Judge Reyes is a member of the Board of Trustees of Brooklyn Law School and the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District Chapter. He previously served as President of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association (2019), as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Bar Council (2006-2012), and a member of the American Bar Association’s Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice (2013-16).
Judge Reyes has received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service from the United States Department of the Army (2005), the Alumnus of the Year award from the Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association (2012), and the inaugural Jack B. Weinstein Mediation Settlement Award from the Federal Bar Association (2016) for his contributions to In re: Hurricane Sandy Cases.