Donald G. Rez focuses his practice in the areas of business and commercial litigation and antitrust and trade regulation. He has handled all types of commercial lawsuits, including cases involving trade regulation and antitrust, breach of contract, franchisor/franchisee issues, lender liability cases, professional malpractice, and intellectual property. He has been involved in complex multi-district litigation, and his antitrust experience has involved claims of virtually every kind.
Mr. Rez has represented diverse clients as the San Diego Clippers, Exxon, Fotomat, Mashburn Sanitation and Recycling (see City of San Marcos v. Coast Waste Mgmt, Inc., 54 Cal Rptr 2d 588 (1996), Nevada Bob’s Pro Shop, Inc., and Orlimar Golf Co. In approving a consumers’ antitrust class action settlement in which Mr. Rez had been appointed co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel, the United States District Court Judge recognized the high quality of representation on behalf of the class. Shames v. Hertz Corp., 2012 WL 5392159 at *19 (S.D. Cal Nov. 5, 2012). (“The quality of representation in this matter was exceptional.”)
Active in the legal community, Mr. Rez is a past chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the San Diego County Bar Association (2013) and was co-chair in 2012, during which he has organized and moderated many continuing education programs on topics such as California’s anti-SLAPP statute, e-filing in San Diego Superior Court and court funding. He was an editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and was one of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He is on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Law School Association of San Diego.
Mr. Rez has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell which he has held for more than 30 years. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 25th and 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Commercial Litigation. He has also been recognized as a San Diego “Top Lawyer,” “Super Lawyer,” and was recognized in the top 1% of The American Registry, “Best of the Best.” In addition, he was recognized by the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review for achieving highest level of professional excellence.