Bernard A Reinert is the founder of and a principal in Reinert Weishaar Attorneys at Law. Mr. Reinert’s principal practice areas have been fidelity and surety bond claims and litigation, banking and financial institutions, business and commercial litigation, construction law, trials and appeals. Mr. Reinert has distinguished himself as one of the foremost surety and fidelity lawyers in the country, both as a practitioner as well as a publisher, lecturer and authority on the law. In recent years, Mr. Reinert has become a mediator and has successfully helped parties in their matters to resolution.
Mr. Reinert received his undergraduate education from St. Mary’s Mission Seminary College (Divine Word Missionaries) at Techny, Illinois and at St. Louis University. He graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts (History) degree and from St. Louis University School Law and was a law clerk to United States District Judge Omer Poos in Springfield, Illinois from 1962 to 1963.
Mr. Reinert lives in the St. Louis suburban community of Kirkwood and has been active in community affairs there, particularly as a member of the Kirkwood R7 School District Board of Education (1976-1991) and as Chairman of the City of Kirkwood Civil Service Commission (1992 to the present).
“New Duties of Care for Banks in Handling Checks and Funds of Customers,” 16th Annual Northeast Surety and Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2005
“Named Obligee’s Rights Under the Payment Bond; Are There Any?; Rights and Limitations on the Obligee’s Rights on Exhaustion of Performance Bond Penalties,” 10th Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Iselin, NJ, October 21, 1999.
“The Duty of the Performing Surety to the Bond Principal and Indemnitors: Good Faith,”, Forum, Vol XV, No 5, Summer 1980, p.1005.
“The Duty of the Performing Surety to the Bond Principal and Indemnitors: Good Faith, An Update,” 3rd Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Rocky Hill, Connecticut, November 12, 1992.
“The Financial Institution Bond: Who is Covered Under Insuring Agreement (A),” 3rd Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Rocky Hill, Connecticut, November 12, 1992.
“Quantum Meruit Claims and Defenses in Building Construction Cases,” 6th Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Iselin, NJ, November 16-17, 1995.
“Issues in Litigation By and Against Banks Arising Under the Uniform Fiduciaries Act, Related Provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code and the Related Cases,” 7th Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Iselin, NJ, October 24, 1996.
“Elements of Proof in the Contract Bond Surety’s Subrogation Action to Recover the Bonded Contract Funds,” The Subrogation Rights of the Contract Bond Surety, 1990 TIPS Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 7, 1990.
“Does the Exercise of Supervisory Control of Liquidation Constitute a “Taking Over” of a Bonded Financial Institution Which Activates the Automatic Termination Provision of the Blanket Bond? Bonding Company’s View,” Surety Claims Institute, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, June 20, 1985.
“Claims for Damages and Defenses Contractor/Surety Defenses,” Forum on the Construction Industry and TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, January 29, 1998.
“The Fair Credit Reporting Act and Sureties,” 9th Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Iselin, NJ, October 22, 1998.
“The Use of Waiver and Estoppel Against Fidelity Bond Sureties,” 9th Annual Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Iselin, NJ, October 22, 1998.
American Bar Association
The Missouri Bar
Bar Association for Metropolitan St. Louis
Illinois State Bar Association
ABA/TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committe, former Vice Chairman
ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section
Admitted to Practice Before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
Admitted to Practice Before the General Services Administration Board of Contract Appeals
Admitted to Practice Before the United States Department of Labor
National Bond Claims Association
Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute
The Surety Association of St. Louis
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