Ana Reyes Co-Chairs the firm’s International Disputes practice group and is a member of its Executive Committee. She focuses her practice on complex litigation and international arbitration. She has handled matters involving foreign governments, foreign officials, multi-national corporations, and international organizations, representing clients throughout the world. Along with her admissions to Bars of the United States, Ana is listed on the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.
In 2017, Ana was named as the D.C. Women’s Bar Association’s Woman Lawyer of the Year in recognition of her international litigation practice and for her efforts in representing the rights of those seeking asylum in the United States. She has also been named by The National Law Journal in its Winning Litigators list, which recognized trial attorneys who, “scored great results for clients in high-stakes matters” (2018); in its Outstanding Women Lawyers list, which recognized “the 75 most accomplished female attorneys working in the legal profession today” (2015); as one of “D.C.’s Rising Stars” (2014); and, one of the top 40 minority lawyers under 40 in the country (2011). In 2009, Legal Times selected Ana as a “Champion” in its Champions, Visionaries & Pioneers special section.
Ana has devoted a substantial portion of her practice to pro bono work, representing refugee organizations and refugees seeking asylum in the United States. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has retained Ana for representation in numerous appellate matters and commissioned her to draft a comprehensive report on asylum law in the United States. Ana was appointed to the Honorary Board for the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, which has written, “Ana represents the very best of the legal profession: an accomplished and skilled litigator who provides the same high quality zealous advocacy whether she is representing an international corporation, a foreign government, or a refugee child.” In 2016, she was honored with the Legacy Award by Unlikely Heroes for her work on behalf of young women escaping persecution by a regional terrorist organization. Her work on behalf of refugees has also received recognition for distinction from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (2004, 2008, and 2010) and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (2009).
Ana is a Clinical Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School, where she co-teaches Advocacy in International Arbitration. Ana was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Transylvania University in 1996. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2000, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. In 2014, Ana also received a Master’s in International Public Policy, with distinction, from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Ana’s experience includes representing:
- former President and Minister of Defense of Latin American country in first civil trial against former president in the United States (successful on split jury verdict and Rule 50 motion)
- partnership in litigation in the United States concerning a fee dispute against an African country
- the government of a Latin America country in litigation in the United States against a foreign entity
- the government of an Eastern European country in litigation in the United States against a foreign entity
- a company in litigation in the United States against a European country
- a global company over a sub-contracting dispute concerning construction of government project in Middle East in International Chamber of Commerce arbitration
- the government of a Latin American country and its Central Bank in International Chamber of Commerce arbitration, and negotiating a universal settlement with three multi-national corporations of all claims that created a fund for victims of the bank fraud
"Local Litigation Star" for Products Liability, Benchmark Litigation, 2020
"Local Litigation Star" for International Arbitration, Benchmark Litigation, 2019-2020
“Top 250 Women in Litigation,” Benchmark Litigation, 2017-2019
"Winning Litigator," The National Law Journal, 2018
“500 Leading Lawyers in America," Lawdragon magazine, 2019
"Legal Lion," Law360, June 2018
"Rising Star," Minority Corporate Counsel Association, 2018
"Immigration Trailblazer," The National Law Journal, 2018
WBA Woman Lawyer of the Year, 2017
"Unlikely Heroes," 2016 Legacy Award
“Outstanding Women Lawyers,” The National Law Journal, 2015
“Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Williams & Connolly's Ana Reyes,” Law360, 2015
“Washington, D.C. Rising Stars,” The National Law Journal, 2014
“Minority 40 Under 40 (Nationwide),” The National Law Journal, 2011
Recognized as a “Champion” for her pro bono efforts and advocacy for civil liberties, The Legal Times, 2009
Selected to Super Lawyers, 2014-2019