Joe R. Reeder

Joe R. Reeder: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP AV stamp icon
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  • 2101 L Street, N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20037
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Joe R. Reeder's distinguished career as an attorney, whose clients include countries, international corporations and law firms, was highlighted with 4 years as the 14th Under Secretary of the Army, where he served essentially as the Army's COO, with specific responsibilities for long range planning, material requirements, readiness, acquisition reform, infrastructure reduction and financial management of the Army. Joe also led the Army's international affairs initiatives, with emphasis on NATO, Panama & Latin America. He served 3 years as Chairman of the Panama Canal Commission's Board of Directors where he oversaw a massive, multibillion dollar infrastructure program. Joe also oversaw military support to local, state and federal agencies related to civilian law enforcement, civil disturbance, disaster relief, and emergency planning as Army Undersecretary. Joe also served on the 5-member DOD Base Realignment Closure (BRAC) Council.


•Complex commercial litigation
•Government contracts
•Public policy - federal
•Defense and national security affairs
•Legal ethics and professional liability
•Securities litigation
•Regulatory investigations
•Global energy and infrastructure

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Team Member, Best Lawyers in America Top Listed - Government Relations, 2018
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2007-2009 and 2013-2018
•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Government Relations Law Firm of the Year, 2014
•Recipient, Theodor Herzl Award from Israel
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Litigation
  • Government Law & Policy
  • Government Contracts & Projects
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Defense & Homeland Security
  • Government Litigation
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.331.3125  Phone
202.331.3101  Fax
Law School Attended:
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1975, Chairman; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1981
Year of First Admission:
1988, District of Columbia; 1975, Texas

Professional & Community Involvement

•Advisory Board, Community Renewal International
•Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
•Bid Protest Committee, Advisory Council to the United States Court of Federal Claims
•Board of Advisors, LBJ School, University of Texas
•Board of Advisors, Our Military Kids
•Board of Directors, Marshall Legacy Institute
•Board of Directors, Military Bowl
•Board of Governors (Emeritus), Army Navy Country Club
•Board of Visitors, Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
•Reappointed by Gov. Ralph Northam, 2018
•Appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 2014
•Chairman, Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority, July 2006-September 2010
•Co-Chair (with former Congressman Owen Pickett), Virginia Commission on Military Bases, July 2004-June 2006
•Ethics Committee Chair; Board of Directors, National Defense Industry Association (NDIA)
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, American Law Institute
•Member, Dean's Roundtable, Texas Law School
•Member, International Advisory Board of the Panama Canal
•Member, National Security and Petroleum Dependence Project
•Member, Texas Bar Foundation
•Member, University of Texas and Georgetown Law School Alumni Associations
•National Board of Directors, Armed Services YMCA
•National Board of Governors (Emeritus), USO
•Past-Chair, Rotary International, Arlington Scholarship Foundation
•Trustee, Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
•West Point Chapter of Golden Key

Birth Information:
Tacoma, Washington, November 28, 1947
Reported Cases:
Experience: Representative Matters: Counsel to the City of Austin, Texas; Counsel to Shorts Missile (the largest manufacturer in Ireland); Lead counsel in various matters of national and international prominence in complex commercial and procurement law litigation.; Lead counsel in actions aggregating over $7 billion in defense or prosecution of legal malpractice cases.; Counsel to Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.; Defense counsel for U.S. Army in over 60 federal court actions and 40 government contract disputes covering all aspects of employment law, patent infringement/misuse arbitrability, due process, First Amendment/search and seizure, and government procurement law.; Mr. Reeder handled some of these representations before he joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP.; Previous Experience: Top Secret Clearance since April 21, 2010; Under Secretary of the Army, 1993-1997; Honor Graduate, J.A.G.C. School; Airborne, Ranger and Artillery Basic Schools; 82nd Airborne Division; West Point, 1970

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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