Robert J. Reinertson

Attorney

Banner photo of Robert J. Reinertson

Robert J. Reinertson

Attorney

Banner photo of Robert J. Reinertson

Robert J. Reinertson

Attorney

It was while working in metro Washington D.C. the summer Watergate broke that Bob was inspired to pursue a career in the law.

His fascination with the ethical issues faced by attorneys, and the ensuing efforts to boost their profession, has molded his own thirty-plus year practice and reinforced the importance of strong client service and relationships. His path to becoming an attorney was a bit circuitous as he first worked as a municipal/regional planner in North Dakota and Wausau before going to law school. His early experiences continue to shape and guide the municipal aspect of his practice yet today. At Ruder Ware, Bob practices in business law and litigation, handling a wide variety of matters for business and non-profit clients as well as diverse litigation for business, employment, real estate, and governmental clients.

Bob has recently been involved in:

  • Ongoing representation as outside general counsel for an international health care professional organization.
  • Defending a major OSHA penalty case through to a successful settlement.
  • Representing companies in adverse possession lawsuits in both urban and forestland areas.
  • Providing counsel in a large professional practice shareholder dispute.
  • Counseling business employers on employee termination issues.
  • Conducting a workplace investigation and compiling a report on recommended practices.
  • Guiding churches through a merger of congregations.
  • Providing ongoing counsel on responding to subpoenas and court orders for medical records.

Bob’s involvement in community activities includes having served as president of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and the Wausau Chamber Foundation, and president of his church, as well as serving on other local boards.

Bob and his wife of forty years share a mutual love of travel having first met while working summer jobs at Mount Rushmore. Bob has a particular interest in history, especially the Civil War and the American West.

It was while working in metro Washington D.C. the summer Watergate broke that Bob was inspired to pursue a career in the law.

His fascination with the ethical issues faced by attorneys, and the ensuing efforts to boost their profession, has molded his own thirty-plus year practice and reinforced the importance of strong client service and relationships. His path to becoming an attorney was a bit circuitous as he first worked as a municipal/regional planner in North Dakota and Wausau before going to law school. His early experiences continue to shape and guide the municipal aspect of his practice yet today. At Ruder Ware, Bob practices in business law and litigation, handling a wide variety of matters for business and non-profit clients as well as diverse litigation for business, employment, real estate, and governmental clients.

Bob has recently been involved in:

  • Ongoing representation as outside general counsel for an international health care professional organization.
  • Defending a major OSHA penalty case through to a successful settlement.
  • Representing companies in adverse possession lawsuits in both urban and forestland areas.
  • Providing counsel in a large professional practice shareholder dispute.
  • Counseling business employers on employee termination issues.
  • Conducting a workplace investigation and compiling a report on recommended practices.
  • Guiding churches through a merger of congregations.
  • Providing ongoing counsel on responding to subpoenas and court orders for medical records.

Bob’s involvement in community activities includes having served as president of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and the Wausau Chamber Foundation, and president of his church, as well as serving on other local boards.

Bob and his wife of forty years share a mutual love of travel having first met while working summer jobs at Mount Rushmore. Bob has a particular interest in history, especially the Civil War and the American West.

Civic Activities

  • City of Wausau Community Development Authority Commission – Member (2018 – present)
  • Marathon County Council of Safety – Legal Liaison (2018 – present)
  • Northern Valley Industries, Inc. – Board Member (2016 – present)
  • Robert W. Monk Gardens, Inc. – Board Member (2016 – present); Vice President (2016 – 2018); President (2018 – present)
  • Wausau Cemetery Association, Inc. – Board Member (2016 – present)

Insights

Presentations

  • Emerging Trends in State Legislation – Annual Ruder Ware Employment Law Conference – 11/7/19
  • Anatomy of a Major OSHA Case – Marathon County Council of Safety Conference – 10/17/19
  • Is it OK to Put This in Our Employee Handbook Now? – CWSHRM Forum – 8/1/19
  • What’s New and What’s Not?  An OSHA and Employment Update, Plus Some Odds and Ends Thrown In – Marathon County Council of Safety All Day Safety Conference – 2/20/19
  • Is Mary Jane Joining Your Workplace?, and OSHA update – Annual Ruder Ware Employment Benefits Conference – 11/8/18
  • Drugs in the Workplace:  Employer Obligations and Problem Areas, Marathon County Council of Safety – 2/21/18
  • OSHA Update, Ruder Ware Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Conference – 11/2/17
  • Impact of the Administrations of President Trump and Governor Walker on Local Governments, Ruder Ware Local Government Seminar – 4/25/17
  • Independent Hearing Officer Training Program – 3/17/17
  • Why Should You Care About What the NLRB and OSHA Think of Employee Policies and Handbooks?, Ruder Ware Employment, Benefits & Labor Relations Conference – 11/3/16
  • Local Government Officials Code of Ethics Update, Ruder Ware Local Government Seminar – 9/28/16
  • School Law Issues, Ruder Ware School Law Seminar – 9/19/16
  • Recent Legislative Changes Impacting Local Governments; Review of Laws Impacting Local Government Officials – 5/4/16

 

Civic Activities

  • City of Wausau Community Development Authority Commission – Member (2018 – present)
  • Marathon County Council of Safety – Legal Liaison (2018 – present)
  • Northern Valley Industries, Inc. – Board Member (2016 – present)
  • Robert W. Monk Gardens, Inc. – Board Member (2016 – present); Vice President (2016 – 2018); President (2018 – present)
  • Wausau Cemetery Association, Inc. – Board Member (2016 – present)

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School – Madison, WI
  • B.S. (cum laude), University of North Dakota

Admissions

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims