Bert W. Rein is a founding partner of the firm of Wiley Rein LLP, and is widely recognized as a leading antitrust and commercial litigator and international law expert.
He has been recognized by Legal Times as a “Visionary” and Washington’s “Leading Food and Drug Lawyer,” and named by Corporate Counsel as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for excellence in business and commercial litigation, communications, and antitrust law.
Mr. Rein received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College, and his LL.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as notes editor for the Harvard Law Review. In 1966, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John M. Harlan. He is admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.
Mr. Rein represented petitioner Abigail Fisher in Fisher v. University of Texas, a constitutional challenge to the university’s race-based admission policies that was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2012. In 2013 he successfully represented Shelby County, Alabama in its challenge to the constitutionality of the renewal of the preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act that was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2013. Both cases added to Mr. Rein’s extensive experience in Constitutional litigation including First Amendment and Preemption challenges to regulatory initiatives and tort law expansions.
Mr. Rein is a longstanding Washington and antitrust counsel to the world’s largest airline trade association, the world’s leading international satellite services provider, and has represented major airline companies in antitrust civil litigation and merger investigations. He has been instrumental in leading tort reform initiatives for major pharmaceutical companies, and has represented physicians groups in a successful effort to overturn the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatric Rule. Mr Rein has also represented insurers and reinsurers in complex coverage litigation and arbitration.
Mr. Rein has been the Director of the National Chamber Litigation Center since 1992, and served as a Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1990 – 1994. Mr. Rein was also a member of the Reagan Administration Transition Teams for the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission in 1981, served at the U.S. Department of State as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State from 1969-1970, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs from 1970-1973. He was General Counsel for the Community Learning & Information Network from 1998 to the present and was a member of the Key Issues Committee on the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Campaign in 1968.
Mr. Rein served on the National Committee on Tourism from 1971 – 1973, as Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Law Council from 1987 – 1990, and was the President of the International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association (ITCTLA) from 1990 – 1991. He is currently affiliated with the Advisory Committee to U.S. Sentencing Commission Administrative Committee, the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law, the American Law Institute (ALI), and the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) Administrative Committee on Procedural Reform. Mr. Rein is also a Board Member of the National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC).
Among his many honors, in 2012 he was named a Legal Times “Visionary,” one of a select group of lawyers “whose business foresight or legal acumen has expanded their firms, advanced the law, or improved government”. Named the Washington, DC Administrative/Regulatory Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2013 by The Best Lawyers in America directory. The Legal 500 US named Mr. Rein as a “recommended lawyer” in Antitrust Law in 2009, and in Telecom and Broadcast Transactional Law in 2013. Mr. Rein was named the Washington DC area’s “Leading Food and Drug Lawyer” by Legal Times in 2005, and Super Lawyers magazine identified him as one of DC’s “Super Lawyers” for Antitrust Litigation from 2007-2012 and Business Litigation in 2013. Mr Rein was named by Lawdragon as one of “3000 Leading Lawyers” in 2007, 2010, and 2011, and is included in The Best Lawyers in America directory year after year, and holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability.