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

Rex Heeseman is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Rex Heeseman (Ret.) was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC) in 2005; before then, he litigated a variety of employment lawsuits for more than three decades. Until retirement from that court in 2014, he presided over 93 jury trials, a few of which addressed employment issues, and adjudicated in excess of 100 bench trials. His judicial experiences gives him a unique perspective on likely judicial rulings and verdicts.

During the course of his career as a judge and at JAMS, Judge Heeseman has spent a considerable amount of time on a wide range of employment matters. He has been particularly sought after for his trial background and his insurance expertise. He co-authors a leading insurance treatise, was an adjunct professor of law, and is now a legal commentator and MCLE speaker, thus bringing an academic, judicial, and practical perspective.

General Experience

  • Supervision of and judicial participation in LASC’s CRASH I, II, and III
  • Statutory violations (e.g., Labor Code and FEHA)
  • Misclassification
  • Wage and hour
  • Failure to accommodate
  • “Whistleblower”
  • Retaliation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination due to age, disability, gender, or race
  • Pregnancy related claims
  • Award of attorney fees

Representative Matters

  • Author of published DCA appeal regarding employee vs. independent contractor
  • Individual and class actions, including:
    • failure to pay and minimum wage and overtime
    • failure to provide meal and rest breaks
    • off-the clock activities
  • Claims for commissions
  • Business owner against former employee for
    • breach of non-disclosure agreement and theft of trade secrets
  • Female employee’s sexual harassment claim due to customer’s misconduct
  • Medical condition discrimination
  • Gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuits
  • Disability discrimination and failure to accommodate
  • Presided over jury trial regarding school district’s failure to accommodate
  • Presided over jury trial regarding pregnancy discrimination
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Co-author, TRG's "Insurance Litigation," California Practice Guide
  • Legal Columnist, Los Angeles Daily Journal
    • “Business Torts”
    • “Punitive Damages”
    • “Insurance Law”

Speaking Engagements

  • The Rutter Group
    • "COVID-19: Coverage, Claims, and Civil Litigation" (2020)
    • “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

  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Real Property
  • Special Master
Available nationwide


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