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Rex Heeseman

Hon. Rex Heeseman (Ret.)

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Julie Ware
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555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Judge Rex Heeseman (Ret.) is an established ADR professional, who also led a distinguished career as a litigator and a judge. Prior to his appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2005, he represented clients in a wide variety of civil litigation matters for more than three decades. Until his retirement in 2014, 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 rulings and verdicts.

Judge Heeseman actively manages the resolution of complex, multi-party construction disputes concerning owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors. His experience includes trials, arbitrations and mediations spanning a wide array of disputes involving single family homes, multi-use projects, public facilities, condominiums and high rise buildings.

Judge Heeseman is widely known for his insurance expertise. He co-authors a leading insurance treatise and brings an academic, judicial and practical perspective. His insights often make a difference in overcoming obstacles to settlement concerning underlying coverage issues.

 Representative Matters

  • Current arbitration regarding $6 million residence in Corona del Mar
  • Current arbitration regarding large multi-use project
  • Arbitrated and ruled upon construction of seven buildings on military base
  • Arbitrated and ruled upon 450 plus development near ocean
  • Arbitrated and ruled upon renovation of Laguna Beach residence
  • Supervision of Right to Repair procedures
  • Upgrades to private residences 
  • Damages related to thermal pressure relief valve 
  • Wood changes to gym floor 
  • Modification of various school buildings 
  • Conversion of buildings into lofts 
  • Shear wall effects on multi-million-dollar residence 
  • Water intrusion at high end residences
  • Bench trial converting property to restaurant including impact of delays
  • Coverage counsel involving numerous high-end condominiums and home
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and as a Super Lawyer of Southern California
  • Attorney-Member, State of California’s Judicial Council
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, 2002-2015
  • Lecturer, UCLA Law School, 2002
  • Member, Ninth Circuit’s Advisory Committee
  • President, Chancery Club of Los Angeles  
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Chair, Judicial Appointments Committee
    • Chair, Litigation Section
  • "Natural Progression," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, January 8, 2016

Publications

  • Co-author, “Insurance Litigation,” The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide
  • Author, "Do You Know If Insurance Covers Employment Claims?Daily Journal, July 15, 2015
  • Legal Columnist, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    • “Business Torts”
    • “Punitive Damages”
    • “Insurance Law”
  • “Good Faith Duties and Tort Remedies in Lender Liability,” 15 W. St. Rev. 617
  • “The Special Relationship Requirement for Bad Faith,” Los Angeles Lawyer

Speaking Engagements

  • California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER)
    • “Insurance” (4 times)
  • 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)
  • California Judges Association/The Rutter Group
    • “Coverage for Employment Matters”
    • “Coverage for Torts”
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
    • “Trial of Bad Faith Case”
    • “Premises Liability”
    • “Government Tort Liability”
  • "Insurance" at California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER)
  • West Coast Casualty (WCC) Seminar
    • “Use of Experts"
    • "WRAP Policies"
    • “Working Smarter Not Harder”
    • “Coverage for CD Litigation”
  • MC and CLM Seminar
    • “Judicial Perspective on CD Litigation”
    • "Impact of CC&Rs"
  • ABA Litigation Section
    • “Trial of a Lending Practices Case”
    • “Appellate Analysis of Emerging Business Torts”
  • Justice Pro Tem, Second District Court of Appeal (Division 3) (2013)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, 2002-2015
  • Lecturer, UCLA Law School, 2002
  • Attorney-Member, State of California’s Judicial Council
  • Member, Ninth Circuit’s Advisory Committee
  • President, Chancery Club of Los Angeles  
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Chair, Judicial Appointments Committee
    • Chair, Litigation Section
  • "Natural Progression," ADR Profile, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • BA, Claremont McKenna College, and LLB, Stanford Law School

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