Mr. Edwin Reyes has more than 25 years’ experience fighting for workers and the injured in Chicago.

Edwin Reyes, who likes to be called by his full name (not Ed) was born and raised in Chicago. His family was quite large and his mom was a single parent who worked in a hospital. Edwin ended up spending quite a bit of his youth living at his grandparent’s house and though there was no necessity, they encouraged him to work from the day he moved in. One of his first jobs was as a shoe shine boy on Division Street. When asked if he liked doing that, Edwin will tell you, “It instilled a work ethic in me that I’ll never forget.” That sums up Edwin perfectly – if you add his cool sense of humor and welcoming nature to the mix.

By the time Edwin reached high school he had worked at a printing company, in a hospital and for the Chicago Transit Authority. He also served as a limousine driver for various celebrities. He didn’t always like standing around holding a sign with somebody’s name on it that he had never met, but when he was charged with picking Elle McPherson up at an airport, she greeted him with, “Hi, how ya doin’?” – as if she had known him her whole life. Edwin was thrilled. He loves to tell stories of his early adventures to his friends and colleagues. “You need a good laugh once in a while,” he says, and he provides it.

Another job, however, was to shape Edwin’s future forever, and that was when he began working with a community organization called BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development). His role for this company involved organizing athletic events (basketball in winter, softball in summer) for street gangs. Edwin loved the job so much that he became determined to pursue a career in social-work.

Edwin then went to college and pursued a career that matched that goal, but after five years, he decided he wanted more. His older sister happened to be a lawyer and he figured, “Well, if she could do it so could I.” Right he was. He attended law school in Boston, but could not stay away from the family that had taught him so much. He returned to Chicago and worked hard to unite his passion for helping others with his new knowledge. In the process, he became a founding member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. To this day he is active in the organization that mentors high school and law students and raises money for the Latino community.

He’s worked diligently in private practice over the last 25 years, giving a voice to injured workers as they go up against their employers before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. In this position, he’s acted as both Petitioner and Respondent, and has decades’ worth of experience as a personal injury lawyer.

Some of his notable achievements and positions include: Currently serving on the Board of Governors for the Hispanic National Bar Association. Awards From –The Latin Bar Association (the Hispanic Lawyers of Illinois), The Puerto Rican Bar Association, ASPIRA, The Chicago Bar Association (the Vanguard Award), The Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation

He is an active member of The Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA), The Chicago Bar Association (CBA,The Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA), Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), The Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation of Illinois, The Hispanic Lawyers Association Of Illinois, (HLAI) and The Illinois State Bar Association, (ISBA).