Reed has practiced in Pocatello since 1985. He grew up in Burley, Idaho working on the family ranch before completing his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University in 1982. He graduated from the University of Idaho Law School in 1985, served as law clerk in the Fifth Judicial District and was admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in Idaho (1985), The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (1999), and the Shoshone Bannock Tribal Court (1986). Reed has served as President of the Southeast Idaho Claims Association (1990), as the Secretary of the 6th District Bar Association (2001) and the President of the 6th District Bar Association (2003-2004). Reed served as a State Bar Commissioner from 2009 through 2012, representing the Sixth and Seventh Districts. From July 2011 to July 2012 he was the State Bar President.
During Reed's years of legal experience, he has tried over sixty (60) civil jury trials to verdict as lead counsel and has second-chaired numerous other civil jury trials in both state and federal courts. Reed tried the first ADA case in southeastern Idaho and obtained a favorable plaintiff's verdict for his client. He has tried over one hundred (100) court trials and administrative hearings. Reed is frequently involved in representing his clients in mediation and other forms of ADR, a subject on which he has been invited to lecture by his peers. He has argued appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court, the Idaho Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Reed's litigation experience includes auto accident cases, repetitive trauma injuries in the workplace, Federal Employer Liability Act (FELA) litigation, railroad crossing cases, personal injury insurance defense, agricultural litigation and Indian law. He is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubble and listed as a Top Civil Litigation Defense Lawyer in 2013 Super Lawyer Mountain States Edition.
In his off time, Reed enjoys skiing. His skiing has led to a passion for helicopter skiing in British Columbia. He likes to hunt, fish, ride horses, team rope and spend time with his wife Linda and three children.