As executive vice president and chief legal officer of the community-management firm Associa, Paul Reyes has had to learn to multitask.
Reyes says he supervises a legal department that includes five attorneys in Associa’s Dallas headquarters and four other attorneys around the country, and he also hires and oversees outside counsel.
But his work is not limited to the legal department. Reyes says he has had the opportunity to launch an abstract company, a title company and a third-party collection organization. In addition, Reyes says he has spearheaded his company’s acquisitions of some of the largest community management firms in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
To keep fit and cope with the pressures of his job, he participates in amateur boxing and says he tries to compete in at least one tournament a year.
"It’s a great stress reliever . . . something completely different from practicing law," Reyes says.
Reyes began his legal career at the Texas Capitol. After graduating from Tulane Law School in 2002, he joined the staff of state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, serving as legislative committee director and staff attorney. During his time at the Legislature, he learned diplomacy and how to identify and leverage his resources and people, Reyes writes in an email.
Reyes still works for Carona, who founded Associa in 1979 and serves as its CEO. The company now operates in 26 states.
"I have been able to see such dramatic growth," Reyes says.
Reyes says he has completed more than 50 acquisitions since joining Associa in 2005. In May 2012, he helped Associa secure the purchase of Baywest Management Corp., headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, which he says is the largest community management firm in Canada.
Although Reyes often retains outside counsel to handle litigation, he typically makes the major decisions in a case.
Michael A. McCabe, a partner in Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas, says that he has handled litigation for Associa since late 2009, often working on employment-related cases.
"What’s awesome about working with Paul is he will very quickly make a decision," McCabe says. "He’s very adept at identifying issues . . . and coming up with a solution."
Despite a busy schedule, Reyes finds time to do pro bono work for the Golden Gloves organization. Reyes says that in 2011, boxers in some clubs raised objections to military personnel competing in the San Antonio Regional Golden Gloves Tournament.
"There was some confusion about who would be allowed to fight," he says.
Reyes says he helped Skip Wilson, the tournament director, in interpreting the rules of Golden Gloves and the United States Boxing Federation to determine if military personnel could compete.
In the end, military personnel got to fight, he says.