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Joe R. Reeder's career as an attorney includes countries, international corporations, current and past heads of state, Oscar and Grammy award-winning actors and entertainers, Members of Congress, and law firms. He previously served four years as the 14th Under Secretary of the Army, functioning 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 three 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 the Army’s Undersecretary. Joe also served on the five-member DOD Base Realignment Closure (BRAC) Council. He also has published a number of cybersecurity-related articles.


  • Complex commercial and public figure litigation
  • Government contracts
  • Public policy - federal
  • Defense and national security affairs
  • Legal ethics and professional liability
  • Regulatory investigations



  • 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.

  • 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

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2007-2009 and 2013-2022
  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 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 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • 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, Elbit Systems of America
  • Board of Directors, Marshall Legacy Institute
  • Board of Directors, Military Bowl
  • Board of Directors, PermaFix Environmental Services Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Sandy Spring Bank
  • 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


  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1981
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1975
    • Chairman, Legal Research Board
    • Editor, International Law Journal
  • District of Columbia
  • Kosovo Specialist Chambers
  • German