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Rex Heeseman

Hon. Rex Heeseman (Ret.)

Case Manager
Jennifer Rodriguez
T: 213-253-9780
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th Street, 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Available to conduct virtual/remote mediations, arbitrations and other ADR proceedings on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom.

Judge Rex Heeseman (Ret.) 
joined JAMS in 2014 following a distinguished career as litigator and judge. His ADR practice concentrates on mediations and arbitrations; he is also retained to conduct neutral analysis or as Master/Referee. Judge Heeseman's experiences give him a unique perspective on likely judicial attitudes and rulings, as well as jury verdicts. He is attuned to the vicissitudes of litigation, and brings an academic, judicial and practical perspective to the resolution of matters. His insights assist parties in overcoming obstacles to settlement.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (2005-2014), presiding over 93 jury trials, adjudicating in excess of 100 bench trials, and serving as a Mandatory Settlement Conference Judge
  • Represented numerous clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters (1971-2005)
  • Co-author of The Rutter Group's "Insurance Litigation" 
  • Adjunct Professor for business torts and insurance law (2002 - 2014)

Representative Matters


  • Arbitration rulings re unpaid invoices, and counterclaims
  • Arbitration ruling re start-up dispute between founder and terminated CEO
  • Dissolution, mergers and acquisitions including D&O claims
  • 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
  • Arbitration re significant water intrusion
  • Current arbitration re large multi-use project


  • Arbitration ruling re wage and hour claims
  • Arbitration ruling re disability discrimination 
  • Arbitrary ruling re National Origin discrimination 
  • Current arbitrations with wide variety of subject matters
  • Awards of attorney's fees and costs

Health Care

  • Responsibility for payment of health claims
  • Hospital or insurer challenges regarding medical care
  • Doctor's claims regarding value of business at retirement
  • Doctors' dispute over partnership/shared use agreements


  • Arbitration ruling regarding reinsurance of motion pictures
  • Bad faith litigation and genuine dispute assertions 
  • "Top off the policy" contentions 
  • Insurer contribution and similar claims
  • Allocation among primary, excess, and/or umbrella insurers
  • Broker malpractice

Personal Injury/Torts

  • Arbitration rulings re personal injury claims
  • Jury trial of children's multi-million-dollar claims against father
  • Jury trial of personal injuries at home of well-known actress
  • Medical and legal malpractice

Real Property

  • Arbitration ruling re partnership for upgrading of high-end residences
  • Arbitration ruling re dispute with surety relating to military construction
  • Rebuilding of beachfront residences
  • Real property disputes, involving related insurance disputes 

Special Master / Referee / Neutral Analysis

  • Mock Judge for bench trials
  • Mock Judge for appellate arguments
  • Analysis of litigant's strengths and weaknesses 
  • Fee recommendation after "prevailing party" finding 
  • Co-author, The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide
  • 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 and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • Captain, U.S. Army
  • Attorney-Member, State of California's Judicial Council
  • Member, Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee



Practice Areas

Available nationwide


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