Lee A Reiners


Executive Director, Global Financial Markets Center, and Lecturing Fellow, Duke Law School

Lee Reiners joined the Duke Global Financial Markets Center as executive director in 2016. At Duke Law, Reiners teaches FinTech and the Law as well as seminars relating to financial policy and regulatory practice. He writes frequently on FinTech and other financial regulatory matters on The FinReg Blog.

Prior to joining Duke Law, Reiners worked for five years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY), first as a supervisor of systemically important financial institutions and then as a senior associate within the executive office.  In the latter capacity, he helped coordinate the FRBNY’s engagement with international standard-setting bodies, such as the Bank for International Settlements and the Financial Stability Board.  While at the FRBNY, Reiners worked closely with other federal and state regulatory agencies.

Reiners has previously taught corporate finance and managerial economics in the MBA Program at Saint Peter’s University. In 2004-2005, Reiners served as a U.S. Army communications specialist in Baghdad, Iraq.

Reiners received a BSc in business economics, summa cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas and a MPP with a global policy concentration from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Reiners holds the chartered financial analyst designation.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Lecturing Fellow in Law

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Duke Law School 210 Science Dr, Box 90362, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 613-8532
  • Email Address: reiners@law.duke.edu


  • M.P.P. Duke University, 2011

Courses Taught

  • ISS 293: ISS Research Independent Study
  • ISS 391: Bass Connections in Information Science and Culture: Independent Study Project
  • ISS 395T: Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture Research Team
  • ISS 493: ISS Research Independent Study
  • ISS 795: Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture Research Team
  • ISS 795T: Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture Research Team
  • LAW 304: Big Bank Regulation
  • LAW 580JS: FinTech Law & Policy
  • LAW 581: FinTech Law and Policy
  • LAW 611: Readings
  • LAW 623: Externship Associated Research Paper
  • LAW 640: Independent Research
  • LAW 644: Bass Connections for Law Credit
  • LAW 738: Financial Law and Regulation: Practitioner's Perspective

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Reiners, L, Ban Cryptocurrency to Fight Ransomware, Wall Street Journal (2021) [abs].
  • Reiners, L, Don't Expect theOCC to Embrace Fintech Failure, Finreg Blog (2017) [abs].
  • Reiners, L, Should Wells Fargo Execs Responsible for Bilking Customers be Forced to Return Their Pay?, Conversation (2016) [abs].
  • Reiners, L, Break Up the Banks! But How?, Finreg Blog (2016) [abs].
  • Reiners, L, Carmen Segarra and Competing Visions of Bank Supervision, Finreg Blog (2016) [abs].