Monica Reinmiller ’98 has worked in legal compliance and ethics for more than 20 years.
Since graduation, Reinmiller has worked for some of the world’s biggest companies, from Toyota and T-Mobile to Symantec and back to T-Mobile. Along the way, she has honed her skills in compliance program operations, investigations, revenue risk analysis, regulatory matters, corporate governance, cross border transactions, and risk assessments.
Her interest in this field began at California Western during her 1L summer internship at the Department of Justice Trustee’s Office. It was here that she was introduced to the DOJ's “white-collar” legal framework, and the different types of compliance work in the legal profession.
“It was that internship that provided me the specific skill and experience to be hired for my first compliance role at an automotive finance company,” says Reinmiller. “That role lead to multiple in-house compliance positions before I landed some intensive investigations work that specifically trained me for what I do today.”
Reinmiller admits that summer internship proved to be a pivotal career moment for her.
“If it hadn't been for that one summer, and my experience with those DOJ attorneys, I don't know that my career trajectory would have been the same or that I would be leading a practice for a large company like T-Mobile.”
California Western also played a big part in realizing Reinmiller’s intense desire to serve others and for the pursuit of social justice. She attributes the late Cal Western Professor Howard Berman for instilling in her the importance of human dignity and people’s rights.
“It gave me an incredible amount of confidence to know that he truly believed every single one of us could make a difference if we chose to take up that fight,” says Reinmiller. “The studies and work I did for his class prepared me for the global compliance work in ways I didn't know back then. It also formed as much a part of my transactional knowledge as it did my love for pro bono work and my commitment to preserving human rights.”
Today, Reinmiller works with some of the brightest minds in the wireless industry as Managing Corporate Counsel for T-Mobile in Seattle. She has been named to the 2020 Law360 White Collar Editorial Board and is listed on the 2020 Women in Compliance Awards shortlist.
She was also named a 2019 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and is currently the Association of Corporate Counsel Board President for the Washington State Chapter.
“There's a great deal of satisfaction from supporting initiatives and driving business decisions that include my contributions,” says Reinmiller. “But there's an immense amount of pride you get from being recognized by peers as a thought leader and accomplished practitioner in your space.”
Her time at California Western also taught Reinmiller the importance of giving back and how that aligned with her desire to serve others. She undertakes a great deal of pro bono work, volunteering for the Innocence Project Northwest and the Seattle Clemency Project, among other organizations.
“If I have the intellectual means and competency to assist those that cannot otherwise afford or access legal services, for the sake of giving back to our community and helping preserve those individuals' dignity and rights, I will take every opportunity to perform pro bono legal services,” says Reinmiller.
Reinmiller has worked hard to establish her credentials and expertise, and never forgets the bias’ she faced when it came to everyone’s version of what a successful white-collar attorney should look like. She acknowledges that at times it was an uphill battle, but the turning point came when she realized that as an attorney, she had the power to stand up, lead, and change people’s lives and perceptions.
“I'm going to use my voice to lift others up and to continue to advocate for representation across gender, race, sexual orientation, and socio-economic classes to achieve the most open and inclusive legal profession possible.”