Hon. Rex Heeseman (Ret.)

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Hon. 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 from the court 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. He is attuned to the vicissitudes of litigation.

Judge Heeseman is a frequent lecturer and a published author on insurance. He has taught Insurance Law at Loyola Law School and at UCLA Law School. He co-authors The Rutter Group’s “California Practice Guide: Insurance Litigation”.

Judge Heeseman has conducted hundreds of mandatory settlement conferences and mediations, chaired the Court’s ADR operations, and has a long history of resolving disputes either by settlement or ruling. He is an adjunct professor of law, legal commentator and public speaker, bringing an academic, judicial and practical perspective.

Representative Matters

  • Bad faith litigation and genuine dispute assertions 
  • Extra-contractual damages, including “multiplier” challenges 
  • Property, life, health, disability and fidelity insurance 
  • General liability, CGL, D&O and E&O coverage 
  • Auto, UM and UIM matters 
  • Contribution, subrogation and/or other claims between insurers 
  • Allocation among primary, excess and umbrella insurers 
  • Duty to defend controversies, including stipulated judgments 
  • Cumis counsel, including appropriate fee arrangements 
  • Health insurers’ misleading advertisements 
  • Agent and broker malpractice 
  • Insurers’ belated and/or underpayment of claims 
  • Surplus line disputes 
  • Vanishing premium policies and similar annuities

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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”

Background and Education

  • 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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