Reginald Luster is the founder and owner of Reginald Luster, P.A., a business acquisitions, mergers and investments corporation, and Radiant Lands Corporation, a real estate design and construction management corporation. Reginald was admitted to the Florida Bar on May 11, 1988, and until his retirement in December 2020, he practiced law in the state courts in Florida and in the three United States District Courts in Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. On June 11, 2004, Reginald Luster 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 since its founding in 1897.
Reginald Luster was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at Broward General Hospital. His father, Willie Frank Luster of Americus, Georgia, worked as a cook and dishwasher at the Yankee Clipper Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach. His mother, Mae Bynes Luster of Jacksonville, Florida, worked as a waitress at the Yankee Clipper Hotel where they met before they were married. After the untimely death of his father, his mother moved him and his siblings to her birth city, Jacksonville, Florida.
Reginald Luster attended public schools in Jacksonville, Florida and he graduated with academic honors in 1982 from Jean Ribault High School. Thereafter, he accepted a scholarship to attend Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. While attending Florida State, Reginald Luster served as an executive intern with former Governor, and eventual United States Senator Bob Graham. Three years after graduating from high school, he graduated in 1985 from Florida State earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with honors. That fall, he enrolled into the College of Law at Florida State where he was a member of both honor organizations, the Law Review and the Appellate Moot Court Team. During the summer of 1986, he studied law abroad at Oxford University, Oxford England. In December 1987, Reginald graduated earning his Juris Doctorate Degree.
In 1988, Reginald Luster returned to Jacksonville to began his legal career as an associate attorney, and eventual shareholder and partner, with the Jacksonville insurance defense law firm of Mathews, Osborne, McNatt, Gobelman & Cobb. In 1994, Reginald was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division. In 2000, he worked at the Justice Department in Washington D.C. with the Civil Rights Division of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. In 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno awarded Reginald the Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Furthering Equal Employment Opportunities.
In 2001, Reginald Luster returned to the private practice of law. On June 11, 2004, Mr. Luster 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 since its founding in 1897. In 2007, he purchased the University Boulevard office building and moved Reginald Luster, P.A. to that building. In 2008, he was invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates. Until his retirement in December 2020,
Mr. Luster practiced law in the areas of personal injury law, wrongful death law, insurance law, employment discrimination law, civil rights violations law, criminal defense law and civil appellate litigation. Today, in addition to his corporate business interest with Reginald Luster, P.A. and Radiant Lands Corporation, Mr. Luster serves as a board member on charitable foundations providing college scholarships to graduating high school students.