Prior to founding The Reinartz Law Firm, Richard worked for over a decade as a trial lawyer at two of the largest and most prominent law firms in the United States. In that capacity, he represented injured individuals in personal injury lawsuits, as well as insurance companies and Fortune 500 corporations in complex business disputes. Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes multi-party litigation, Richard has a unique perspective of the litigation process. He knows firsthand how insurance companies and large corporations defend against claims brought by injured individuals, and is able to use this information to navigate the complexities of the litigation process on behalf of those claimants. For business clients, Richard is able to identify relevant issues at the outset of a dispute and provide cost-effective, solution-oriented legal services.
Richard is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. This is the oldest and most prestigious peer review rating in the legal industry. It signifies that a large number of the lawyer's peers rank them at the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. Richard is also a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum - an organization whose membership is exclusively limited to trial lawyers who have obtained settlements or judgments in excess of one million dollars. He has been named one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in New Jersey by The National Trial Lawyers and a "Top 100 Litigation Lawyer" in New Jersey by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). He is a Lifetime Charter Member of Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America and has been selected each of the past seven years for inclusion in Super Lawyers - an independent listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This distinction is conferred on less than 5% of all licensed attorneys in the state. The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA) previously named Richard one of the "Top 10" personal injury lawyers in New Jersey under the age of 40 and both ASLA and The National Trial Lawyers named him to their "top 40 under 40" lists. Richard was appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to serve on its District V-A Ethics Committee, and served on various committees of the New Jersey State Bar Association by appointment of the President of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Giving back to the community has also been rewarding for Richard. He has provided pro bono legal services to the Newark Reentry Legal Services organization, which helps individuals with criminal records address civil legal matters that present barriers to successful community reintegration. He has also volunteered for the "Wills for Heroes" program, which provides estate and trust planning services completely free-of-charge to a variety of first responders, emergency medical technicians, and police and fire department personnel and their families. Richard has also dedicated significant time to the education of other attorneys and has lectured on various topics for continuing legal education programs.
Richard is licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York, in addition to various federal trial and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is personally involved in the day-to-day handling of all cases handled by The Reinartz Law Firm, ensuring continuity of attorney work product and a comprehensive understanding of the facts, procedural history, and strategies unique to each case.
Seton Hall University School of Law
State of New Jersey
State of New York
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Appointee, District V-A Ethics Committee (Newark/Essex)
Appointee, Consumer Protection Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association
Appointee, Business and Commercial Litigation Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association
Appointee, Franchise Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association
Appointee, Hudson County Civil Practice Committee
Barrister, Hudson American Inn of Court
Member, New Jersey Association for Justice
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association (Civil Trial Bar, Products Liability and Mass Torts, and Business and Commercial Law Sections)
Member, New York Bar Association
Member, Hudson County Bar Association
Member, Hackensack Regional Chamber of Commerce
Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Million Dollar Advocates Forum - Life Member
"Top 100 Trial Lawyers" in New Jersey - The National Trial Lawyers
"Top 100 Litigation Lawyers" in New Jersey - American Society of Legal Advocates
Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member - Rue Ratings
Super Lawyers, Rising Star - 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Super Lawyers, Personal Injury - 2016
"Top 10" personal injury attorneys under 40 in New Jersey - National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
"Top 40 under 40" litigation attorneys in New Jersey - American Society of Legal Advocates
"Top 40 under 40" trial lawyers in New Jersey - The National Trial Lawyers
Grebyonkin v. 2301 Ocean Ave., 60 A.D.3d 808, 874 N.Y.S.2d 391 (2nd Dep't 2009)
Petri Paint Co. v. OMG Americas, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104625 (D.N.J. December 29, 2008)
Lauria v. Mandalay Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63149 (D.N.J. August 18, 2008)
Elison v. Nat'l Amusements, Inc., 2008 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2716 (App. Div. March 24, 2008)
Marchant v. Heidelberg U.S.A., 2007 U.S. Dist. Unpub. LEXIS 54109 (D.N.J. July 26, 2007)
Yaccarino v. Motor Coach Indus., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82017 (E.D.N.Y. November 9, 2006)
Newark Reentry Legal Services, pro bono legal services helping individuals with criminal records address civil legal matters which present barriers to successful community reintegration.
Legal Services of New Jersey, pro bono legal work.
Wills for Heroes, pro bono legal services providing wills and estate planning for first responders and their families.