Cristal Reyes, Esq.


Trustee-at-Large

Cristal Reyes is corporate counsel at Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. (“BB&B”), a publicly traded company with a number of subsidiaries in retail (buybuyBABY, Cost Plus World Market, Christmas Tree Shops and Harmon Face Values) and business-to-business sales of linens and textiles (Harbor Linen and T-Y Group).  Cristal oversees the legal affairs of BB&B’s subsidiaries in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Canada and, when necessary, uses her proficiency in Spanish to review and analyze applicable legislation, regulations and statutes.  While Cristal’s role is primarily international, she also assists with domestic matters, including litigation, regulatory compliance and general corporate work.  Prior to joining BB&B, Cristal was an associate at Waters, McPherson, McNeill, P.C., where she concentrated her practice on civil litigation, government representation, property tax appeals and tax abatements.  From 2012-2013, she worked as a judicial law clerk in the New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division for the Honorable Hector R. Velazquez, P.J.Ch.  

Cristal is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and Drew University.  While in law school, she interned for Prudential Financial, Inc., the City of Newark Law Department and the Honorable Martha T. Royster, J.S.C., and worked as a student clinical associate in the Immigrant’s Rights/International Human Rights Clinic.  She was a member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board and competed on a national level, earning several honors and awards.  She was also active in the Latin American Law Student Association, where she served terms as Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Law School Representative, President, and Senior Advisor.

Cristal currently serves on various board and committees, including the Hispanic National Bar Association (Region III Deputy Regional President), North Hudson Lawyers Club (Vice President), Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Young Lawyers Committee (Trustee at Large and Chair), and New Jersey State Bar Association (Second Vice-Chair for the Minorities in the Profession Section).  Through these roles, she has spearheaded various networking, service, mentorship programs and CLEs for the New York and New Jersey communities.  Moreover, she is a member the Alumni Council for Seton Hall University School of Law and the New Jersey State Bar Association Diversity Committee.

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