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Rex Heeseman

Hon. Rex Heeseman (Ret.)

Case Manager
Julie Ware
T: 213-253-9721
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Judge Rex Heeseman (Ret.), an established ADR professional since 2014, led a distinguished career as a litigator and a judge. Prior to his appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2005, he represented numerous clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters for more than three decades. Until his retirement from the Court, he presided at 93 jury trials, adjudicated in excess of 100 bench trials, and ruled on countless motions. His judicial experience gives him a unique perspective on likely judicial attitudes and rulings, as well as jury verdicts. He is attuned to the vicissitudes of litigation.

He co-authors a leading insurance treatise, was for thirteen years an adjunct professor of law, and has been for over thirty years a legal commentator and MCLE speaker. He chaired the Court's ADR Operations Committee and served as a Mandatory Settlement Conference Judge. He has attended Pepperdine School of Law's "Mediating the Litigated Case" and other seminars.

Judge Heeseman actively manages the resolution of complex matters. He is regarded as a quick study and known to have a direct, evaluative style. He brings an academic, judicial and practical perspective to the resolution of matters. His insights often make a difference in overcoming obstacles to settlement.

Representative Matters


  • Arbitration rulings re law firm's unpaid invoices, and counterclaims for legal malpractice
  • Arbitration ruling re start-up dispute between founder and terminated CEO
  • Dissolution of firms, partnerships, joint ventures and/or LLCs
  • Agreements to start or to share a business
  • Misuse or taking of corporate assets
  • Mergers and acquisitions including claims by or against directors and officers
  • Activities by agents or brokers
  • Tortious interference with economic relationship/business advantage

Construction Defect

  • Arbitration ruling re 450+ multi-use development
  • Arbitration ruling re renovation of Laguna Beach residence
  • Current arbitration re multi-million-dollar residence in Corona del Mar
  • Current arbitration re large multi-use project
  • Upgrades to expensive residences
  • Modification of school buildings 
  • Coverage counsel involving high-end condominiums and residences


  • Arbitration ruling re wage claims
  • Arbitration ruling re disability discrimination 
  • Wage and hour, often with related class allegations 
  • "Whistleblower"
  • Retaliation
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination due to age, disability, gender or race
  • Awards of attorney fees and costs
  • Supervision of and judicial participation in LASC's CRASH I, II and III

Health Care

  • Reimbursement for medical care of another's policyholder
  • Responsibility for payment of policyholder's health claims
  • Computerized system for adjudication of pharmacy services
  • Insurer challenges regarding cost of medical services 
  • Doctor's claims regarding value of business at retirement 


  • Arbitration ruling regarding reinsurance of motion pictures
  • Bad faith litigation and genuine dispute assertions 
  • Extra-contractual damages, including "multiplier" challenges 
  • "Top off the policy" contentions 
  • Property, life, health, disability, and fidelity insurance 
  • General liability, CGL, D&O, EPLI, and E&O coverages
  • Auto, UM, and UIM matters
  • Contribution and/or other claims between insurers
  • Allocation among primary, excess, and/or umbrella insurers
  • Duty to defend controversies, including stipulated judgments
  • Topics related to Cumis counsel, including appropriate fee arrangements
  • Broker malpractice

Personal Injury/Torts

  • Arbitration rulings re personal injury claims
  • Children's multi-million-dollar claims due to father's fraud
  • Personal injuries at home of well-known actress
  • Medical and legal malpractice
  • Civil rights violations, including excessive force
  • Breach of fiduciary duty, defamation, and related allegations
  • Various tort claims, involving related insurance disputes 

Real Property

  • Arbitration ruling re partnership for purchasing and upgrading of high-end residences
  • Arbitration ruling re dispute with surety relating to construction on military base
  • Extensive water damage due to city's negligence
  • Rebuilding of beachfront residences
  • Inverse condemnation due to expansion of electrical lines
  • Real property disputes, involving related insurance disputes 

Special Master / Referee / Neutral Analysis

  • Bank claims regarding significant loans
  • Fee recommendation after finding of "prevailing party" 
  • Monetary advancement of attorney's fees for "defensive" activities 
  • Mock Judge for Ninth Circuit oral argument 
  • Co-author, “Insurance Litigation,” The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide
  • Author, "Do You Know If Insurance Covers Employment Claims?Daily Journal, 2015
  • Legal Columnist, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    • “Business Torts”
    • “Punitive Damages”
    • “Insurance Law”

Speaking Engagements

  • The Rutter Group
    • “Insurance Litigation Update” (annually, since 1991)
    • “Anatomy of an Insurance Policy” (5 times)
    • “Critical Coverage Topics” (4 times)
    • “Shernoff Bad Faith Seminar” (5 times)
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
    • “Trial of Bad Faith Case”
    • “Premises Liability”
    • “Government Tort Liability”
  • West Coast Casualty (WCC) Seminar
    • “Use of Experts"
    • "WRAP Policies"
  • MC and CLM Seminar
    • “Judicial Perspective on CD Litigation”
    • "Impact of CC&Rs"
  • Justice Pro Tem, Second District Court of Appeal (Division 3) (2013)
  • BA, Claremont McKenna College, and LLB, Stanford Law School
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, 2002-2014
  • Lecturer, UCLA Law School, 2002
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Attorney-Member, State of California's Judicial Council
  • Member, Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee



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