Member, Pacific McGeorge Alumni Association Board of Directors
President, Personal Insurance Federation of California
Area of Practice: Capital Lawyering
Year Graduated: 2000
Undergraduate: University of Chicago
Major: B.A., M.P.P., Public Policy
Rex is President of the Personal Insurance Federation of California, and previously was the organization's General Counsel. He had been an attorney with Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP, where he focused on insurance and banking issues, had held positions with the California Department of Insurance and was on the legislative staff of the California State Assembly. In 1996, Rex briefly left state service to manage the Proposition 213 campaign, a successful ballot initiative that substantially reduced auto insurance premiums. Rex earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Chicago before earning his J.D. from Pacific McGeorge.
Rex Frazier, '00, started his career as a staff member in the California State Assembly. When he became a deputy insurance commissioner for the state Department of Insurance, he would testify in legislative committees about insurance regulation and encounter law terms he didn't understand.
He decided to attend law school with the goal of staying in the Department of Insurance and enrolled in Pacific McGeorge's night division. "Little did I foresee all the opportunities the McGeorge degree would provide me after graduation, which really opened up a whole new world for me," he says.
At Pacific McGeorge, Frazier was offered a job at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro LLP, now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, in Los Angeles, where he practiced insurance and banking law for six years. While in Los Angeles, Frazier attended a dean's event, which started his involvement with the school. He moved back to Sacramento in 2005 to become general counsel and vice president of the Personal Insurance Federation of California, a trade association for large personal insurance companies and become its president the next year. He joined McGeorge's alumni association board and is the chair of the capital alumni chapter.
"I've been grateful for a chance to get involved," Frazier says. "Once my involvement started, it just kept snowballing to the point where I'm active in helping students (and alumni) who want a career in and around the state Capitol, helping them find jobs."
Frazier also developed a course, California Legislature: Power and Influence, which he taught at McGeorge for the first time in the spring of 2012 as an adjunct professor. Frazier says he wants to show the McGeorge community that there are many nontraditional jobs for attorneys, especially being in the state capital.
"I remain grateful for the education I received and really feel an obligation to repay the school," he says.