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Hon. Rex Heeseman (Ret.)

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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
  • 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

  • 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” (3 times)
    • “Shernoff Bad Faith Seminar” (5 times)
  • California Judges Association/The Rutter Group
    • “Critical Issues in Insurance Litigation”
    • “Coverage for Employment Matters”
    • “Coverage for Torts”
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
    • “Trial of Bad Faith Case”
    • “Premises Liability”
    • “Government Tort Liability”
  • West Coast Casualty (WCC) Seminar
    • “Working Smarter Not Harder”
    • “Coverage for CD Litigation” ABA
  • MC Seminar
    • “Coverage Issues in California”
    • “Judicial Perspective on CD Litigation”
  • ABA Litigation Section
    • “Trial of a Lending Practices Case”
    • “Appellate Analysis of Emerging Business Torts”
  • Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, 2005-2014
    • Chair, ADR Committee, 2009-2013
    • Assistant Supervising Judge, Civil, 2007-2009
  • Justice Pro-Tem, Second District Court of Appeal (Division 3), 2013
  • Partner, Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, LLP, 1994-2005
  • Partner and Associate, Adams Duque & Hazeltine, 1975-1994
  • Assistant and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1971-1975
  • J.D., Stanford Law School
  • B.A., Claremont McKenna College
  • Captain, U.S. Army

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