Luis G. Fortuño Photo

As a member of Reed Smith’s Regulatory and Investigations practice group, former governor of Puerto Rico and member of Congress, Luis Fortuño provides seasoned advice to clients navigating federal regulatory and public policy issues, as well as cross-border transactions and disputes, especially those with a Latin America and Caribbean nexus. He also advises foreign governments on public policy and investment issues, including in investment arbitrations.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1985
  • Georgetown University, 1982, B.S.F.S.

  • District of Columbia
  • Puerto Rico

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit

  • American Law Institute
  • Chairman, International Lawyers Association - American Branch, Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament (2023)
  • Puerto Rico's National Committeeman at the Republican National Committee (2001-present); member of the RNC's budget committee
  • President, Council of State Governments (2011-2012)
  • Chairman, Southern Governors Association (2011-2012)
  • Board of Directors, Center for Best Practices of the National Governors Association (2010-2012)
  • President Obama appointee to the Council of Governors (2010-2012)
  • Advisory Board, International Republican Institute
  • Board of Advisors, SeaOne Holdings, LLC (2017-2021)
  • Board of Directors, Republican State Leadership Committee (2015-present)
  • Board of Directors, American Action Network (2018-2022)
  • Board of Directors, Congressional Leadership Fund (2018-2022)
  • Board of Directors, Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A. (2015-2018) 
  • Georgetown University's Latin American Board (2017-2020)
  • Fellow, Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service, Fall 2015 semester


  • The Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico, “El Toro Award” (2024)
  • UVA Lawyer, "100 Change Agents" (2019)
  • The Hill, "Top Lobbyists" (2017-2018)

Notable quotes

  • 26 April 2024 Caribbean Energy Needs Are on the Rise, and Plenty of That Work is Headed For U.S. Law Firms, ALM’s Daily Business Review
  • 25 March 2024 Difficult Issues May Blur Choice On Investment Protection, Law360

In the news

  • 2 May 2016 Puerto Rico Faces $70B Debt Bill, CNN Money interview
  • 2 May 2016 What's Next for Puerto Rico, CNBC interview
  • February 2016 Election Year Seminar, Media Research Center
  • 2 July 2015 Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Causing Concern for Citizens, Al Jazeera America News interview
  • 16 July 2015 Puerto Rico Faces Historic $72B Default, CNBC Power Lunch interview
  • 17 July 2015 Puerto Rico: The Other Debt Crisis, Bloomberg Business, Bloomberg Markets interview
  • 30 June 2015 Puerto Rico's Current Debt Crisis, CNBC Squawk on the Street interview
  • November 2014 National Review’s Post-Election Discussion