Judge Reid is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended high school in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University in 1976, where he majored in accounting. Judge Reid received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law in 1979 and served on the Law Review and was selected for the Order of the Coif.
Judge Reid was a Judicial Legal Intern for the Oklahoma Supreme Court while in law school and subsequently served as a law clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma. In addition he also served as a Workers' Compensation Court certified mediator. Judge Reid was in the private practice of law for 30 years in Tulsa and Okmulgee, Oklahoma. During the first 13 years of practice he represented both individuals and employers. During the remaining 17 years, his representation before the Workers' Compensation Court was focused primarily on the representation of employers.
Judge Reid has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court in Denver, Colorado, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma.
Judge Reid resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his wife Charlene teaches school and his son Brett attends college. He was appointed by Governor Brad Henry to the Workers' Compensation Court on September 10, 2010, having been sworn into office on September 15, 2010.