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Meet Reginald Luster

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Get to know the man behind the movement, his life, what he stands for, and what his plans are for Florida!

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.” -John F. Kennedy

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Reginald Luster is the founder and owner of Reginald Luster, P.A., a civil law firm in Jacksonville, Florida, and Radiant Lands Corporation, a real estate investment and management corporation. Reginald was admitted to the Florida Bar in May 1988 and is licensed to practice law in the state courts in Florida and in the three United States District Courts in Florida. On June 11, 2004, Reginald made history when he was sworn in as president of the Jacksonville Bar Association, the first African-American lawyer to be voted to that position.

Reginald was born on February 11, 1964 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His father, Willie Frank Luster of Americus, Georgia, worked as a cook and dishwasher at the Yankee Clipper Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. His mother, Mae Bynes Luster, was a homemaker. After the untimely death of his father, his mother moved him and his three siblings to her birth city, Jacksonville.

BandPhotoReginald attended public schools in Jacksonville. At the age of 12, he began playing the alto saxophone and his fellow musicians elected him as the band captain his senior in high school. Reginald graduated with academic honors in 1982 from Jean Ribault High School. Thereafter, he accepted a scholarship to attend Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida. While attending FSU, Reginald served as a cabinet affairs intern with former Governor, and eventual United States Senator, Bob Graham. In April 1985, he graduated from Florida State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with honors. That fall, he enrolled into the College of Law at FSU where he was a member of two honor organizations, the Law Review and the Appellate Moot Court Team. During the summer of 1986, he studied law abroad at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Reginald earned his Juris Doctorate Degree in December 1987.

In 1988, Reginald returned to Jacksonville to begin his legal career as an associate attorney, and eventual law partner, with the Jacksonville insurance defense law firm of Mathews, Osborne, McNatt, Gobelman & Cobb.  U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed him as an assistant United States attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division in 1994. He represented the federal government, agencies and employees in complex civil litigation. In 2000, Reginald worked at the Justice Department in Washington D.C. with the Civil Rights Division of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. U.S. Attorney General Reno awarded Reginald the Directors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Furthering Equal Employment Opportunity.

In 2001, Reginald Luster returned to the private practice of law. He practices law in the areas of personal injury law, wrongful death law, insurance law, employment discrimination law and criminal defense law. He was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2007. He also holds professional membership in the Jacksonville Bar Association and the D. W. Perkins Bar Association. In addition to his law practice, Reginald serves as a board member on charitable foundations providing college scholarships to graduating high school students.

On May 3, 2016, during an annual scholarship awards ceremony to High Potential students, Reginald delivered A Call to Leadership in Public Service announcing his candidacy for United States Senator from the State of Florida.