John B. Reyna, J.D., LL.M.
Why is the
Texas Hospitality and Non-profit Law Center different from other law firms?
John B. Reyna is an attorney, professor, and entrepreneur. John is native to Texas but has lived in Columbus, OH; Phoenix, AZ; Sedona, AZ; St. Louis, MO; and Guadalajara, Mexico. He and his wife have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for the past six years.
John’s education is varied in disciplines and locations. For undergrad, John attended The Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a focus on Comparative Cultural Studies. He later earned his Juris Doctorate at Texas Tech University School of Law. After law school, he attended SMU Dedman School of Law and earned his LL.M. in taxation.
John’s hospitality experience ranges over multiple decades. He has worked at some of the finest luxury hotels and resorts in Arizona and Ohio. His management roles included Banquet Manager, Restaurant Manager, Sommelier, and Executive Steward. John holds a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. John and his wife own a beverage consulting company, Teakwood Tavern Hospitality, LLC. They provide wine and spirit educational classes as well as specialty cocktail and zero-proof beverage creation for individuals and events.
John’s non-profit experience is similarly varied. Before law school, he was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization that provided educational experiences to middle school and high school students interested in the medical field. Currently, John serves as outside General Counsel to ProUnitas Inc., which is a non-profit organization that ensures that students are rapidly identified and rapidly connected to existing social, health, and human services to reach their fullest potential. John has served as a board member and committee member for multiple non-profit organizations.
Utilizing both his hospitality and legal background, John is an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas at Dallas. At the School of Business, he teaches both Restaurant Management and Beverage Management courses. At the College of Law, he teaches Practice Foundation II: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
John is the founder and Managing Attorney at the Texas Hospitality and Non-profit Law Center, PLLC. John’s prior work experience in both industries provides him with intimate knowledge about how hospitality and non-profit organizations operate and the challenges they face. He is passionate about representing those who nourish their community. John is a member of The Texas Bar College, which is a professional society of legal scholars who are leaders in the Texas legal community and champions of legal education. John is the Vice-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Small & Solo Firm Section for the 2022 calendar year.
Lastly, but definitely not least, John is married to his best friend—Shena. Her unwavering support is one of the main reasons why John was able to form the Texas Hospitality and Non-profit Law Center, PLLC.
John walks the talk
John's investment in the hospitality and non-profit industries extends beyond the law firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors of two hospitality-based non-profit organizations—The Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation and Lift Collective.
The Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation is an advocacy and action non-profit created by and for restaurant workers. RWCF is focused on Wage Fairness and Career Ladders; Gender Equity and Sexual Violence; Racial Justice and Support for the Immigrant Community; and Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
Lift Collective is a community-centered, multi-channel platform advocating equity and inclusion in the wine industry. Through annual programming, proprietary research, community partnerships, and monetary scholarships, Lift Collective collaborates with experts and key opinion leaders across the beverage category to put forward relevant and credible industry content that leads with and celebrates diverse perspectives.