Victor Reyes, a former top aide to Mayor Daley linked to City Hall practices under investigation by federal prosecutors, abruptly resigned from his law firm this week.
Reyes, 41, quit as a big-time lawyer-lobbyist with Greenberg Traurig on Monday, according to a spokeswoman for the firm. He and three others from Greenberg Traurig set up their own law and lobbying firms on Tuesday, they said.
Greenberg’s national operating shareholder Richard Rosenbaum said Reyes “voluntarily resigned.” Reyes’ exit follows the departures of two high-profile Chicago lawyers from their law firms last week, as those men became swept up in a separate federal investigation.
“Our firm has had a positive association with Victor and has received only positive reports concerning his performance on behalf of our clients during his time with our firm. At this point, however, Victor has decided to pursue a different career path and we have accepted that decision,” Rosenbaum said in a statement.
Reyes spent nearly five years at Greenberg Traurig after leaving City Hall, where he headed the mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, now the subject of a federal investigation. At Greenberg –which has more than 1,100 lawyers nationwide — he ran the firm’s Chicago lobbying operation and brought in over $5 million a year in business, according to one legal source. Former White House Chief of Staff Sam Skinner will take over as head of the Chicago “government practice,” Rosenbaum said.