Julissa Reynoso is a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn, where she focuses on international arbitration. From March 2012 to December 2014, she served as U.S. ambassador to Uruguay. From 2009 to 2012, Reynoso served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State. Prior to joining the State Department, Reynoso practiced law at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, focusing on international arbitration and antitrust law. She was also a fellow at New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.
In 2006, Reynoso served as deputy director of the Office of Accountability at the New York City Department of Education. She has been published widely in both Spanish and English, in popular press and academic journals, on an array of issues including regulatory reform, community organizing, housing reform, immigration policy, and Latin American politics.
She clerked for the Honorable Federal Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York.
Reynoso holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an M.A. University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a B.A. in government from Harvard University.