Tom Reeder began his legal career as an associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld and later at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker, where he became a partner in the national employee benefits practice group.
In February of 2000, he began working as an Attorney Advisor in the office of Benefits Tax Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy in the Department of the Treasury, eventually becoming Benefits Tax Counsel in 2005.
He began work as Senior Benefits Tax Counsel for the majority staff of the Senate Finance Committee in May of 2009. As such, he was a key advisor in the development of the Affordable Care Act, as well as other legislation significantly affecting the employee benefits arena.
In March of 2013, Reeder began a two-year assignment as Health Care Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel at the IRS. In that role, he coordinated the development of guidance on the tax rules included in the Affordable Care Act. President Obama announced Reeder's appointment as the 15th Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on May 20, 2015. He was confirmed on October 8, 2015.
A native Texan, Reeder is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Business, and School of Law.