José H. Villarreal is a consultant to the firm and provides strategic counseling to firm clients on a range of legal and policy issues affecting such clients.

Practice & Background

Prior to becoming a consultant to Akin Gump, Mr. Villarreal was a longtime partner with the firm.

He served as U.S. Commissioner General to the Shanghai 2010 World Expo, a post to which he was named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and given ambassadorial rank by President Obama.

Mr. Villarreal currently serves on the board of directors of Union Pacific. From 1998 to 2006 he served on the board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he served as chair of the Compensation, Nominating and Governance committees and lead independent director.

In November 2015, he received the Orden del Aguila Azteca (Order of the Aztec Eagle)—the most important decoration awarded by the Mexican government—for his endeavors that have benefited Mexico and Mexicans. Mr. Villarreal also has  been recognized by numerous publications for his achievements, and in 2011 he received a distinguished alumni award from Purdue University. In 2001, Mr. Villarreal was inducted into the prestigious Academy of Law Alumni Fellows by the Indiana University School of Law.

Public Service

  • Assistant Attorney General, Texas Attorney General Office, Public Finance Division
  • Associate Director, White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

Political Involvement

Mr. Villarreal has a broad political background as well and has served in senior roles in a number of presidential campaigns, most recently serving as treasurer of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Community Involvement

Mr. Villarreal has long been active in civic affairs and has served on the governing boards of numerous organizations, both public and private. He serves or has served on the following boards:

  • the KIPP Foundation
  • Center for American Progress
  • Cisneros Center for New Americans
  • the U.S. Mexico Foundation
  • Teach for America
  • Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Close Up Foundation.

Mr. Villarreal previously served as chairman of the board of the National Council of La Raza, where he led a successful capital campaign that raised funds to establish a headquarters building in Washington, D.C.