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Rex H. Elliott

Co-founder / Owner

Rex Elliott co-founded Cooper Elliott in 1995. He is a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of complex civil litigation experience. He has numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements and takes a client-first approach. He has served as an expert witness on various legal topics, frequently lectures about trial tactics and has been called upon by judges and high profile community leaders to handle their legal matters and those of their families and close friends.

“Rex Elliott leads his firm with compassion, is responsive to the needs of his clients, and truly cares for the underdog. Rex is the most attentive and considerate attorney you will find! I know that he always has my family's best interests in mind.”

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  • More than 30 years of litigating cases throughout the U.S.
  • Voted Super Lawyer each year since 2005
  • Voted Super Lawyer Top Lawyers in Ohio and Top 50 in Columbus
  • Awarded Distinction of America’s Best Lawyers
  • Selected by peers to receive President’s Award for Excellence
  • Served on Boards of Ohio Association for Justice and Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • Frequent lecturer on trial topics
  • Proud father of four daughters
  • More than 30 years of litigating cases throughout the U.S.
  • Voted Super Lawyer each year since 2005
  • Voted Super Lawyer Top Lawyers in Ohio and Top 50 in Columbus
  • Awarded Distinction of America’s Best Lawyers
  • Selected by peers to receive President’s Award for Excellence
  • Served on Boards of Ohio Association for Justice and Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • Frequent lecturer on trial topics
  • Proud father of four daughters

Some of Rex’s high-profile cases include representing Keziah Lewis who was seriously injured in the Fireball accident at the Ohio State Fair, the Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith in the investigation into allegations that an assistant football coach allegedly engaged in domestic violence, and cases that led to the resignation of Ohio’s Attorney General and the Franklin County Clerk of Courts. Rex has also argued successfully in the Ohio Supreme Court and numerous state and federal appellate courts.

Under Rex’s leadership, Cooper Elliott’s track record of success continues today, not only in wrongful death and serious and catastrophic personal injury litigation, but in commercial, contract, legal and medical malpractice, civil rights, and employment litigation as well. Since the firm’s inception, Rex has been directly involved in more than a half billion dollars in verdicts and settlements. Rex believes that Cooper Elliott is different from other plaintiff’s litigation firms due to the collaborative and comprehensive approach he demands from all members of the firm. Every case is pursued through a team approach.

Rex says, “when you retain Cooper Elliott, you don’t just get me, but you get the wealth of our resources and team — which I think is one of the best — and we have the legal and financial resources to pursue any matter and are willing to do so to achieve a client’s cause. We strongly prefer to take on matters that we can pursue on a contingency fee basis because we believe that partnering with our clients and making our success equal to achieving our client’s objectives to be the only true approach to practicing law. We strive to deliver service and satisfaction to our clients that most firms do not even consider when taking on a case.”

“I want to protect my clients and make a real difference in their lives. I left big law firms because I did not find representing faceless corporations with deep pockets fulfilling. My number one job is to protect my clients and to make sure they get the results they want.”

Before co-founding Cooper Elliott, Rex practiced with the Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, and then Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, where he represented Fortune 100 companies in complex and high-profile civil litigation matters. He found the practice of representing faceless corporations with deep pockets unfulfilling and decided that he wanted to dedicate his life to helping individuals and businesses that needed protection from those in positions of extreme power. This was the catalyst that resulted in Rex leaving “big law firms” in 1995 and co-founding Cooper Elliott with Chip Cooper to protect individuals and business owners. Rex says, “we are not a high volume practice. We carefully select our cases and when you retain Cooper Elliott, you’re not just a number. Rather, you are our priority and we will handle your legal matter as if you were a family member. You will get an empathetic voice from your first call and a team of warriors to take on your legal matter.”

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*The outcome of any client’s case will depend on the particular legal and factual circumstances of the case.
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