Sole practice, Groesbeck, Texas, 1960—1975. Partner Cannon, Cannon & Reed, and predecessor, since 1975. Speaker South Texas Judicial Conference, 1981.
Member Texas House of Representatives, 1959—1963, member legislation council, 1961. Member Texas Democratic Executive Committee, 1965. Chairman Limestone County Democratic Committee, 1964—1974.
Member of American Bar Association, Mexia Chamber of Commerce, Groesbeck Chamber of Commerce, James Watson Inn, Texas Bar Foundation (trustee), Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, State Bar Texas (member grievance committee 1970-1976, chairman 1975-1976, director 1978-1980, chairman board directors 1980), Groesbeck Lions Club (president 1968).