He has argued more than 150 appeals in federal and state courts across the country. Between 2001 and 2020, Rex was co-head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s nationally renowned Supreme Court and Appellate practice.
Rex has extensive experience before the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as other federal and state appellate courts. Rex’s victories have led to reversals of individual judgments worth more than $1 billion and dramatic changes in law to the benefit of his clients.
He has frequently represented newspapers, magazines, television networks, motion picture studios, websites, and entertainment production and distribution companies in their litigation and appellate work. He is the author of BNA’s treatise on Media Law.
Chambers USA has named Rex one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the “Litigation: Appellate” section every year since 2012. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America guide for nearly 30 years, and in 2018 was named to both the Daily Journal‘s list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California and the National Law Journal‘s Appellate Hot List. The Legal 500 business litigation guide has included him as one of the nation’s top appellate lawyers for state and federal Supreme Courts since 2019. And he was twice named California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine. In 2019, the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library awarded Rex with the prestigious Beacon of Justice Award, in honor of his “vision, advocacy and passion for justice.” In 2020, Public Counsel Law Center awarded him its Pro Bono Award for “providing outstanding and impactful service to those in need.”
He serves on the boards of directors of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and the Topsy Foundation, a children’s charitable organization in South Africa.
He clerked after law school for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Frederick Heebe. His undergraduate degree is from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he was the student body president and an anti-apartheid activist.
Chief Judge Frederick Heebe
Columbia Law School
America’s Leading Lawyers for Business Chambers USA
Appellate Hot List National Law Journal
Beacon of Justice Award Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library
Top 500 Lawyers Nationwide in State and Federal Courts Legal 500
California Lawyer of the Year (twice) California Lawyer Magazine
Top 100 Lawyers in California Daily Journal
Best Lawyers in America Best Lawyers Magazine
Pro Bono Award Public Counsel Law Center
U.S. Court of Appeals All Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court
Obtained complete reversal for a national insurance company in the Seventh Circuit of a near-$30 million judgment for defamation and violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Prevailed in appeals of summary judgments in suits seeking to force the Washington, D.C. metro to accept political and religious advertising.
Represented a blue-chip national accounting firm in successful Second and Ninth Circuit appeals relating to the classification of accountants, leading to dismissal of class action claims and orders compelling arbitration, which were affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Persuaded Ninth Circuit to affirm summary judgment on behalf of insurer on the basis that underlying suit arose from allegations of trademark infringement, which were excluded from coverage as intellectual property claims.
Successfully obtained affirmance of summary judgment in appeal involving whether disparagement claims constituted violations of federal Lanham Act.
Convinced California Supreme Court to hold that an insurer’s duty to defend on a disparagement claim does not arise unless a false, misleading, and derogative statement is expressly made about an insured’s product or business.
Prevailed in appeal worth more than $100 million for world’s leading coffee chain in the New York Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Successfully represented one of the world’s largest restaurant companies in a wage-and-hour class action appeal at the California Supreme Court which determined the legal standards to be applied to California meal period and rest break class actions, an issue with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.
Prevailed in California appeal of judgment for $86 million involving tip pooling policy of world’s leading coffee chain.
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