Donald 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.
Donald 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 Donald 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, Donald 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.
Donald has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell which he has held for more than 30 years. He has been recognized as a San Diego “Top Lawyer” and as a “Super Lawyer.” He is also recognized in the top 1% of The American Registry, “Best of the Best” for 2016 and 2017 Top Lawyers in San Diego by San Diego Magazine. In addition, Donald was recognized by the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review for achieving highest level of professional excellence.
Donald is a co-author of California Pretrial Practice & Forms (James Publishing Co.), a landmark treatise on civil procedure before trial. He has written extensively and has published articles in various legal journals, has co-authored articles for the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Franchising, and has co-edited issues of the ABA’s Antitrust Law Journal and has lectured on procedure, discovery, and trade regulation issues.
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A member of the American Bar Association and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Donald has also served as an adjunct professor at California Western School of Law and on the faculty at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Donald is currently on the Board of Visitors of the University of San Diego School of Law and on the Board of Trustees of John Paul the Great Catholic University.
He is a past president of the Thomas More Society of San Diego, a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and was co-chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting for the Western Lieutenancy in San Diego. He was the coordinator for the year of Mercy for the EOHSJ in San Diego and serves on its Spirituality Committee. He made the keynote address at the annual St. Thomas More Society dinner which honored Bankruptcy Judge John Hargrove as its attorney of the year.
Donald has been a member of the parish and finance councils at Our Lady of Refuge Roman Catholic Church, and was on the Diocesian Pastoral Council for the Diocese of San Diego (2002-2004). In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Exchange and is a past President of the San Diego Chapter of Legatus (2012-2014). He was the co-chair of the Friends of the Poor-Nigeria Fundraiser for Bishops Anthony Adaju and Martin Uzoukwu in August 2015. He provides communion services at Wesley Palms Retirement Home.