Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
R. Rex Parris —Consumer Attorneys Member of the Month

When renowned jury consultant David Ball was asked to describe how trial lawyers can change the negative stereotypes some people have of them, he responded that trial lawyers need to show they are an exception to the negative stereotype.

“Do things that help people in ways that do not profit you” was what Ball wrote in chapter 11 of his book “David Ball on Damages.” Ball said performing public service was one of “many things to do that will separate you from the stereotype.”

When he wrote those words, David Ball could have been writing about CAALA member R. Rex Parris.

Rex Parris is a highly successful trial lawyer who believes that “To me, being a lawyer is the best you can be.”

Parris earned his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 1980.

For more than 20 years he has successfully represented injured and wronged individuals. Through his dedication in helping people and tireless efforts on their behalf, he has won numerous multi-million dollar awards for his clients.

Parris is on the Board of Directors of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and says it “gives me an advantage when it comes to preparing a case for settlement or for trial.

The Parris firm says it is dedicated to providing skillful and compassionate representation, and these qualities are exemplified in a recent case.

Parris’ client was a young woman who suffered extensive and serious injuries when the car she was driving was struck by an on-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy. The deputy was driving a marked Ford Expedition and executed a u-turn from the right curb directly in front of the victim’s car.

The deputy and the County of Los Angeles admitted liability before the start of the trial, but contended that while Parris’ client suffered the serious injuries claimed, she had an excellent recovery and would require minimal future medical care and treatment and that she suffered no loss of future earning capacity.

The plaintiff waived past medical expenses; claimed future medical expenses and a loss of earning capacity, of $5.8 million and later offered to compromise for $2.9 million.

When the defendants made an offer of $600,000, Parris elected to try the case.

After more than four weeks of testimony, the jury awarded more than $15 million to Parris’ client, including $8,500,000 in future non-economic damages.

Although Parris’ firm litigates cases throughout California and nationwide, the office is not located in downtown or Westside Los Angeles, instead, Parris chosen to remain in Lancaster, in the Antelope Valley.

It is here that he has provided the type of public service that David Ball suggests all trial lawyers should pursue.

Parris is very active in the community and devotes a substantial amount of his time and income to improving the lives of young people and towards eradicating child abuse.

He’s the founder of the Lancaster Child Abuse Task Force and takes great pride in the work he has done on behalf of young people in his community.

The city of Lancaster takes great pride in Parris, too.

In an unprecedented gesture of appreciation, the city named its new high school “R. Rex Parris High School.”

It is believed that Parris is the only living attorney to be given such an honor.

In recognition of his incredible accomplishments for both clients in the courtroom and young people in his community, R. Rex Parris has been named CAALA’s member of the month for July.

--Stuart Zanville