Reginald Turner is a highly accomplished litigator, government affairs advocate and strategic advisor. He is a member of Clark Hill’s Executive Committee, Government Policy Group, and Labor and Employment Practice Group. Reginald is named in the peer review guides Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers®, as well as the Michigan Chronicle Power 50, DBusiness Top Lawyers, Crain’s Detroit Business Power Lawyers and Crain’s Most Connected. He has been identified by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and Best Lawyers as a Lawyer of the Year.
Reginald has successfully litigated commercial, employment, labor, class action and public policy matters in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals. He regularly advises clients in negotiation, drafting and administration of labor and employment contracts in the private and public sectors. In 2019, Reginald was admitted to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law. Reginald has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Employers, the American Arbitration Association’s Michigan Employment Advisory Council and the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor and Employment Section Council. Reginald also served as editor of the labor law chapter of the fourth edition of the ABA’s Business & Commercial Litigation treatise.
As an experienced lobbyist, Reginald advocates effectively for corporate clients in federal, state and local matters. He has significant government service experience at all three levels. Reginald served as a White House Fellow under President Bill Clinton and worked for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo. He has also had gubernatorial, mayoral and county executive appointments in Michigan. Reginald is a director of Comerica, Inc., one of the nation’s largest financial institutions. He has chaired the board’s Enterprise Risk Committee, and currently serves on the Audit Committee, Qualified Legal Compliance Committee and Enterprise Risk Committee. Reginald is also a director of Masco Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of brand name products for new home construction and home improvement. He serves on the board’s Audit Committee and Governance Committee.
Reginald is President-elect of the American Bar Association, a past president of the National Bar Association and past president of the State Bar of Michigan. He has served as the State Delegate for Michigan in the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and as chair of the ABA House of Delegates Rules & Calendar Committee, the Committee on Issues of Concern to the Profession, and the Committee on Credentials and Admissions. Reginald is also a past chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the Commission on the Lawyer’s Role in Assuring Every Child a Quality Education. He is a past chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a charitable group reserved to less than 1 percent of lawyers in each state. Reginald is also a Life Leadership Fellow of the Foundation on the basis of his financial support of the important, groundbreaking research of the Foundation’s scholars.
Reginald is active in public service and civic and charitable organizations. He is chairman of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, vice chairman of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and a trustee of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. He is a past chair of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and a past vice chairman of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
From 2000-2003, Reginald represented Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer on the Detroit Board of Education. In 2003, Governor Jennifer Granholm appointed Reginald to the Michigan State Board of Education, and he won a statewide election for a full term in 2006. He has previously served as chairman of the City of Detroit Board of Ethics, as Secretary of the Wayne County Airport Authority, as Secretary of the Wayne County Business Development Corporation, on Governor John Engler’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Michigan Gaming, and on the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Advisory Committee.