Rex Elliott

Cooper & Elliott
2175 Riverside Dr
Columbus, OH 43221
(614) 481-6000

Rex Elliott co-founded Cooper & Elliott in 1995. He is a trial lawyer with over 25 years of civil litigation experience and dozens of jury verdicts. Rex has counseled clients in some of Ohio's most high-profile cases, including the case that led to the resignation of Ohio's Attorney General and the Franklin County Clerk of Courts, and he has obtained many multi-million-dollar jury verdicts. Rex has argued successfully in the Ohio Supreme Court and numerous federal and appellate courts.

Before co-founding Cooper & Elliott, Rex practiced with the Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, where he represented Fortune 100 companies in complex and high-profile civil litigation matters. Rex frequently lectures about trial tactics and has served as a legal expert in several cases.

Significant Verdicts and Settlements

$7,018,000.00 jury verdict - Estate of Schmidt v. JB Hunt et al., Case No. 01 CVC 09-8904 (wrongful death)
$6,000,000.00 settlement - ABC Company v. XYZ Company (confidential settlement)(professional negligence)
$5,999,100.00 jury verdict - Faieta v. World Harvest Church, et al., Case No. 06CVH05-7031 (personal injury)
$5,725,000.00 jury verdict - Newcomer et al. v. Nationwide Ins. et al., Case No. 99 CVH 07-5970 (wrongful death)
$4,473,000.00 jury verdict - Advance Sign Group v. Optec Displays, Inc., Case No. C2-07-380 (business dispute)
$3,664,186.00 jury verdict - Estate of Heintzelman v. Air Experts, Inc., et al., Case No. 04CVH-04-233 (wrongful death)
$3,500,000.00 jury verdict - Planned Communities v. Knowlton, Case No. 98 CVH 08-6739 (business dispute)
$3,165,900.00 settlement - In Re Trans Union Privacy Litigation, Case No. 00-CV-4729, MDL 1350 (consumer mass action)
$2,825,000.00 jury verdict - McLaren v. HB Klub, LLC, Case No. 07CVC02-01767 (traumatic injury)
$2,700.000.00 settlement - Harris v. City of Circleville, Case No. C2-04-1051 (civil rights)
$2,500,000.00 settlement - Estate of Graves v. City of Circleville, Case No. 03 CI 411 (wrongful death)
$2,200,000.00 settlement - Upperman v. Grange Ins. Co., Case No. 04CVG12-13009 (class action)

Notable Reported Cases

Brown v. Babcock & Wilcox, 936 F.2d 572 (1991)
General Acquisition, Inc. v. Gencorp, 23 F.3d 1022 (1994)
Burns v. Rice, 157 Ohio App.3d 620 (2004)
Estate of Schmidt v. Derenia, 158 Ohio App.3d 738 (2004)
Upperman v. Grange Indemn. Ins. Co., 135 Ohio Misc.2d 8 (2005)
White v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 163 Ohio App.3d 416 (2005)
Wagner-Smith v. Ruscilli Constr. Co., 139 Ohio Misc.2d 101 (2006)
Blackwell v. Gorman, 142 Ohio Misc.2d 50 (2007)
Moore v. Christ's Christian Fellowship Church, 172 Ohio App.3d 398 (2007)
Estate of Graves v. Circleville, 179 Ohio App.3d 479 (2008)
Faieta v. World Harvest Church, 147 Ohio Misc.2d 51 (2008)
Estate of Graves v. Circleville, 124 Ohio St.3d 339 (2010)
Sickles v. Jackson Cty. Hwy. Dept., 196 Ohio App.3d 703 (2011)


American Association for Justice
Ohio Association for Justice
Central Ohio Association for Justice
Ohio Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association


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J.D., summa cum laude, Syracuse College of Law, 1988
- Notes and Comments Editor, Syracuse Law Review
B.A., Denison University, 1984

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York