Rey Pascual ’85
As an SU student Reinaldo “Rey” Pascual ’85, enjoyed his first experience not only living away from home, but living in a different country and cultural environment altogether. “SU opened the world to me and proved that everything is possible for committed people who work hard and dedicate themselves to excellence,” he says. “SU gave me the opportunity to learn, to discover, and to intellectually go where I’d never gone before, thereby challenging me to succeed.”
Pascual grew up in Puerto Rico, and after earning a degree in political science from SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, he went on to law school at Creighton University. After earning his JD, Pascual settled in Atlanta and has resided there for nearly 25 years.
Today Pascual is a partner in the law firm of Paul Hastings LLP, one of the countries’ most prominent and successful law firms with offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. He practices corporate law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, and private equity and investment management. Pascual works primarily in the United States, but he’s also had substantial engagements in Latin America where he effectively combines his language skills and deep understanding of the culture and business environment with his substantial transactional experience.
Beyond his successful law practice, Pascual is involved with many Atlanta business, community, and charitable organizations and activities. He serves as a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the Atlanta History Center. He’s a former director of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Hemisphere, Inc. (the private/public entity directing Atlanta's Free Trade Area of the Americas initiative). Pascual was also a co-founder of United Americas Bank, the first Hispanic-owned bank in Georgia. In 1997 Georgia Trend Magazine recognized him as one of Georgia’s Forty under 40. Pascual is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and has made frequent appearances on CNN en Español to discuss business legal matters.
Pascual has been equally involved with Syracuse University and received the Chancellor’s Citation for Distinguished Service in Law in 2002. An SU Trustee, he serves on the student affairs committee, and most recently, he was named to the search committee to select the next Chancellor and President of Syracuse University.
Pascual is also a key partner as SU establishes higher visibility and a stronger presence in Atlanta, leading the efforts of the Atlanta Regional Council.
“I’ve always been extremely proud to be Syracuse Orange and could not have been more excited when Syracuse decided Atlanta was a ‘geography of opportunity.’ We all have four years of our lives in common, and it’s fun to share and compare,” Pascual says. “It’s also an easy way to meet people doing something for a school in which we all take pride. The learning and networking opportunities are simply great. Orange must do business with Orange, and in so doing give back to the institution.”
Thankful for his own good fortune, Pascual enjoys supporting the University, the thrill and excitement of SU athletics, interacting with current students, spreading the mission of “Scholarship in Action,” and meeting new and interesting people.
“I’ve been very successful, and my children will have the opportunity and privilege to attend any school they want—hopefully one of them will pick Syracuse! I, too, had that opportunity because of my father’s great sacrifice,” Pascual says. “However, there are many talented and worthy students who aren’t as lucky but deserve a chance. I don’t see it as an obligation. I see it as something fun that gives me pleasure and hopefully sets a good example.”