Joe R. Reeder was born in Tacoma, Washington, on 28 November 1947; graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, 1970; attended airborne, ranger, and artillery basic schools, 1971-1972 ; served with the 82d Airborne Division, 1972-1973; advanced through grades to major; received a J. D. L. degree from the University of Texas, 1975; served a one-year federal clerkship in the U.S. District Court, Texas, 1975-1976; was a trial attorney in the Army Litigation Division, Office of the Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C. , 1976-1978; was attorney in the Army's Contract Appeals Division, 1979; received an L.L.M. degree from Georgetown University, 1981; was associate, and later partner, in the law firm of Patton, Boggs and Blow, Washington, D.C.,1979-1993; was Under Secretary of the Army, 24 November 1993-12 November 1997; was inducted into the American Law Institute, 1994; chairman of the board, Panama Canal Commission, 1994-; rejoined Patton Boggs, 1997, and is the chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group.