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.) 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
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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