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Christopher P. Reynolds

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
BBQ ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Late summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
For God Hath Not Given Us The Spirit Of Fear, But Of Power, Love, And A Sound Mind.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1963
Birth Location:
Queens, New York

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
BBQ ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Late summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
For God Hath Not Given Us The Spirit Of Fear, But Of Power, Love, And A Sound Mind.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1963
Birth Location:
Queens
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Biography

Lawyer Christopher P. Reynolds was born on January 11, 1963 in Queens, New York to Lee H. Reynolds and Phyllis M. Graham. He graduated from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his B.A. degree in political science in 1983. Reynolds went on to attend Harvard Law School and received his J.D. degree in 1986.

After graduation, Reynolds worked as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals Sixth District under Judge Damon J. Keith. In 1987, he relocated to New York City and began working as a litigator for the law firm of Hughes, Hubbard, & Reed, LLP. There, he specialized in liability and class action defense work. Two years later, he became the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the criminal justice division of the U.S. Attorney’s office, and served in this position for five years. At the end of his term, Reynolds joined the law firm of Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, LLP as a partner and trial lawyer. In this position, he served as manager of the labor and employment law litigation group, was a member of the firm’s advisory board, and was chair of the firm’s diversity committee. In 2007, Reynolds joined Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. as the vice president of business law within the company’s legal services division. He played an integral role in the Toyota Recall Crisis of 2009. Reynolds was promoted to the position of general counsel and chief legal officer of Toyota Motor North America in 2012. In 2015, he was appointed as the managing officer, general counsel, and chief legal officer of the Toyota Motor Corporation. He is the first African American to hold these global positions for the Toyota Motor Corporation. Reynolds was then named executive vice president, corporate resources and chief diversity officer of Toyota Motor North America in 2017.

In addition to his law practice, Reynolds has been involved with a number of organizations. He has served on the board of trustees for Kalamazoo College, and on the board of directors for The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Los Angeles Urban League.

Reynolds and his wife, Arlene Ford, have three children.

Christopher P. Reynolds was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 23, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Christopher P. Reynolds' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Christopher P. Reynolds lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his father's upbringing and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his mother's nursing career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his neighborhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Christopher P. Reynolds remembers his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes how his mother met his stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about his Bermudian heritage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about his mother's second marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Christopher P. Reynolds remembers his early understanding of race
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his early personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Christopher P. Reynolds remembers his education in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about skipping two grades in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls being disciplined in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls his childhood pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his decision to attend Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes the curriculum at Kalamazoo College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls his experiences at Kalamazoo College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Christopher P. Reynolds remembers receiving the Harry S. Truman Scholarship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his early career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls his decision to attend Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls his professors and classmates at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his first year of law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls being offered a clerkship with Judge Damon J. Keith
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Christopher P. Reynolds remembers his decision to become a litigator
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Christopher P. Reynolds reflects upon his experiences at Harvard Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Christopher P. Reynolds remembers his courtship with his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his clerkship for Judge Damon J. Keith, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his clerkship for Judge Damon J. Keith, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls his early experiences in litigation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls his decision to leave Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls joining the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his career at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Christopher P. Reynolds remembers joining the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls becoming a partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about his mentors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Christopher P. Reynolds reflects upon his career at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls his decision to join the in-house counsel of the Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Christopher P. Reynolds recalls his promotion as general counsel at the Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about the recall crisis at the Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Christopher P. Reynolds reflects upon his experiences in corporate counsel
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about the law profession
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes the importance of cultural sensitivity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes the business model of the Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about his promotions at the Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his current position at the Toyota Motor Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Christopher P. Reynolds reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Christopher P. Reynolds talks about his wife's education and career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Christopher P. Reynolds describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Christopher P. Reynolds reflects upon his upbringing
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Christopher P. Reynolds narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Christopher P. Reynolds narrates his photographs, pt.2