Christopher E. Heckert

Top rated Family Law attorney in Columbus, Ohio

Heckert & Moreland
Christopher E. Heckert
Heckert & Moreland

Practice Areas: Family Law, Criminal Defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 2000

Education: Capital University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024

Heckert & Moreland

825 E Long St
Columbus, OH 43203 Visit website


Christopher E. Heckert is one of the managing partners at the Columbus, Ohio, law firm of Heckert & Moreland Co. LPA. For more than two decades, he has advocated for the rights of families facing legal issues as well as individuals accused of criminal charges. Clients in Columbus and across central Ohio rely on his services in a variety of matters, including:

  • Family law: Divorce, marital dissolution, paternity, marital agreements, child custody and support, alimony, domestic violence, parental rights and post-decree modifications
  • Criminal defense: Assault, theft, traffic violations, driving under the influence, murder and rape

Majoring in political science and government, Mr. Heckert completed his B.A. at The University of Alabama in 1995. He received his J.D. from the Capital University Law School in 1999. Early in his career, he served as an assistant attorney at the Franklin County Public Defender's Office, where he defended needy individuals facing criminal charges. He is licensed to practice in the state of Ohio (2000) and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

A tireless advocate, Mr. Heckert knows the hardships that come with a family dispute or criminal accusation. In addition to providing dedicated representation, he offers sincere compassion and empathy to each client he serves. His experience as a prosecutor enables him to deftly handle the most complicated cases. He also mediates several cases and frequently functions as a parenting coordinator in Franklin and Delaware counties. Furthermore, he has tried a number of death cases to completion and is death penalty certified.

A lifetime member of the prestigious National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Mr. Heckert also holds active memberships in the Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association’s Family Law Committee. Recognizing his accomplishments, The National Trial Lawyers included him in its Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers list. Moreover, he is rated “Excellent” through Avvo.

Practice areas

Family Law, Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Assault & Battery, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, DUI/DWI, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Juvenile Law, Marital Property, Murder, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law, Theft, Traffic Violations, Trusts, Wills

  • 70% Family Law
  • 10% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 10% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 2000, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

  • Top 100 Criminal Defense by The National Trial Lawyers, 2020
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Death Penalty Certified
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Southern District
  • Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Current Committee Member at the Columbus Bar Association on the Family Law Committee
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Parenting Coordinator in Franklin County
  • Parenting Coordinator in Delaware County
Educational Background:
  • University of Alabama, 1995

Office location for Christopher E. Heckert

825 E Long St
Columbus, OH 43203

Phone: 614-808-1206


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024

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