SOURCE: Sean Reyes for Utah Attorney General

Sean Reyes for Utah Attorney General

March 12, 2012 16:49 ET

Sean Reyes Officially Declares Attorney General Candidacy to Put Exemplary Legal Experience & Ethical Standards to Work for Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - Mar 12, 2012) - Utah's National Young Lawyer of the Year Sean Reyes officially declared his candidacy today in the Utah Attorney General race. Reyes, who brings a strong legal background at the federal, state, and local level as well as extensive leadership and community outreach experience, believes these qualifications are critical to advancing the mission and effectiveness of the Utah Attorney General's office.

"We have laid tremendous campaign groundwork throughout the state," said Reyes. "I have spoken with thousands of delegates, including blue collar workers and educators, business leaders, soccer moms, and other everyday citizens in the rural and urban areas of Utah. They tell me that integrity, leadership, transparency, and legal skills are the most important characteristics when it comes to choosing the next Attorney General. I'm humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from so many of them encouraging my run."

At 41, Reyes is currently General Counsel at a local media and technology company eTAGZ, where he oversees various law firms handling in-house cases on a national and international basis. Formerly, Reyes was a partner at Parsons Behle & Latimer, among Utah's top five firms, where he spent 14 years litigating, trying and appealing cases in courts throughout Utah and the nation. His caseload spanned a variety of areas, including constitutional and federal preemption issues and matters in business, tort, environmental and public law on both the civil and criminal side. Reyes has also founded several non-profit organizations for education, business and anti-fraud awareness, while chairing or serving as a board member on many other service organizations in the law enforcement, legal, civic, business, and political communities.

"The Attorney General's office will be best led by a substantive lawyer and leader who knows how to manage and motivate people, make sound legal and administrative decisions, efficiently expedite the caseload and make sure the state is receiving the highest caliber legal representation," added Reyes.

Endorsing Reyes as the most qualified for the position is Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings: "Utah has a chance to hire a top-tier, accomplished legal professional to run the largest law firm in the state. Utah deserves someone with Sean's talent to lead the Attorney General's office. He is a leader and model lawyer, not a career politician, lobbyist, or fundraiser."

Former Reagan administration Deputy Assistant Commerce Secretary and CEO of World Trade Utah Lew Cramer said of Reyes: "Sean is well-respected in political circles for his legal acumen, work ethic, and integrity. Many legislators, elected officials and staff at the Utah Attorney General's and U.S. Attorneys' offices, believe he would be a successful Attorney General and look forward to working with him."

"Utah needs an Attorney General like Sean Reyes; someone who understands the business community and will help maintain a vibrant economy that benefits everyone," explained Principal and Director of Capital Markets of ROC | Bridge Partners Paul Hutchinson. "Sean is one of the warmest and most gracious individuals you will ever meet. He is also a tenacious fighter and a tremendous advocate for Utah."

Reyes is a strong advocate and voice against affinity fraud in Utah and nationwide, having co-founded Fraud College several years ago, a nationally acclaimed program for bringing the business sector, government, and community leaders together to educate citizens on avoiding fraud. Last month, at the annual anti-fraud conference Governor Gary Herbert officially proclaimed February 15, 2012 Fraud College Day in Utah. Reyes was also recently mentioned in The Economist's Fleecing the Flock article for his innovative anti-fraud ideas.

In 2008, Reyes was recognized by the American Bar Association, representing millions of lawyers across the country, as the first-ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer. He has served as a small claims judge for the past 10 years.

Reyes received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University (summa cum laude) and received his law degree from the University of California Berkeley in 1997. If elected, Reyes would become Utah's first statewide-elected official from a minority community in the state's history. A member of the State Central Committee for Utah's Republican Party, Reyes now seeks to earn delegate support and votes at the upcoming Republican State Convention on April 21.

Sean D. Reyes currently serves as General Counsel for eTAGZ, a local media and technology company. Formerly, Reyes was a partner at Utah's Parsons Behle & Latimer, and was named "Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year" in 2008 by the American Bar Association. He has garnered numerous national and professional awards including the first-ever Young Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Brigham Young University. For over a decade, Reyes has served as a small claims judge. He has been appointed to both prestigious state and federal commissions including a Presidential Commission established by President George W. Bush. Reyes, a father of six and son of immigrant parents with Asian, Hawaiian, and Spanish heritage, is an established leader in law and business. He is seeking to combine his broad support from Utah's legal community, executives and small business owners along with mounting excitement from Republican Party delegates, grassroots leaders, and Utah constituents to become Utah's next Attorney General in 2012.

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