J. Jeffrey Heck

J. Jeffrey Heck

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Mansfield, OH

The Heck Law Offices, Ltd.
 | 1 Marion Avenue, Suite 215
Mansfield, OH 44903
Phone: 419-524-2700
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jeff Heck, the founder of The Heck Law Offices, Ltd., provides experienced and effective representation in personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases.  His 30 plus years of experience in these kinds of cases allow his clients to benefit from his sophisticated legal knowledge and his thorough familiarity with North Central Ohio — the region he serves.  Jeff and his team have the experience and resources required to handle these and all kinds of injury cases from start to finish.

Jeff grew up in Mansfield, Ohio and obtained his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.  After graduating with honors from the University of Florida College of Law and starting his legal career with a large urban Florida law firm, he then came back to his roots to live and practice law in North Central Ohio.  He spent 20 years as a partner in a highly-respected Mansfield law firm before he established The Heck Law Offices, Ltd. With his long history in and knowledge of the region, he knows what to expect from the judges, juries and opposing attorneys throughout North Central Ohio and is also able to better understand the specific needs and concerns of his clients in the area.

In his prior practice and before founding his own firm, Jeff spent 15 years as a successful insurance defense attorney. He won numerous verdicts and successfully negotiated positive settlements for many major insurance carriers but still felt something was missing for him personally. His purpose and passion had always been to help people with his profession and to make a real difference for others. Thus, he shifted the focus of his practice and has since been devoted to helping individuals with their injury and wrongful death claims and lawsuits and helping them deal with all of the many complications and effects on their lives arising from those kinds of major life events.

Jeff also handles a wide range of other trial and litigation matters including general civil and business litigation, probate disputes and litigation, professional negligence and malpractice involving non-medical professionals and labor and employment law issues. He also is an experienced, trained Mediator and Arbitrator.

About Jeffrey Heck

Admitted: 1988, Ohio

Professional Webpage: http://www.hecklawoffices.com/About/Jeff-Heck.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Received a peer and client review rating of AV by Martindale Hubbell (2015 to date), AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2015
  • Selected as a Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, The American Lawyer, 2015
  • Awarded Distinguished Service Award following Extended service as Executive Committee Member, Program Chair and Program Moderator, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2002
  • Awarded for service to non-profit organization for years as Officer and President of Board of Trustees, Most Valuable Player, Rehabilitation Service of North Central Ohio, 1994
  • Graduated With Honors, University of Florida College of Law, 1985

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2017
  • Member, American Bar Association (1985 - 89, 2015); Section of Litigation; Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • American Association for Justice (2014 - date)
  • Member, Ohio Association for Justice (2008 - date)
  • Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program (1985 - 1988)
  • Member, Hillsborough County (Florida) Bar Association (1985 - 88)
  • Member, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (1993-2008)
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (1989-2005)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association; Council of Delegates, District 10 Delegate (1992 - 2014); Negligence Law Committee (1988 - 2004); Board of Governors, Litigation Section (1998 - 2003); Task Force to Review Ohio Courts Future Report and Recommendations to Ohio Supreme Court (1999 - 2002); Task Force on Sexual Harassment (1996 - 98); Federal Courts and Practice Committee (1992 - 97);
  • Member, Richland County Bar Association; Secretary (1999 - 2004); Executive Committee (1999 - 2004); Certified Grievance Committee (1991 - 94), Trial Counsel (1994 - present), Chair of Trial Counsel (1999 - 2008); Law Week Volunteer; Judge, Mock Trial Program
  • The Florida Bar; Trial Lawyers Section (1986 - 89); Labor and Employment Section (1986 - 89)
  • Member, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (1988 - 2007); Executive Committee (1997 - 2002); District Director, District 10 (1990 - 2002); Chair, Program Committee (1996 - 97); Program Moderator (1995 - 96); Chair, Insurance Relations Committee (1994 - 95)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Board of Education, Lexington Local Schools (Elected in November 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 General Elections); Vice President, 2004 - 09, 2014, 2016; Legislative Liaison, 2003 – 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015; Student Achievement Coordinator, 2002 - 2004; Delegate to Ohio School Boards Association; Athletic Board of Control , 2013 - present; Member, Ohio School Boards Association; 2002 - present
  • Central Florida Industrial Relations Research Association (1986 - 88)
  • Attorney/Coach, Hillsborough County (Florida) Mock Trial Competition (1987)
  • Member of Board of Directors and Committee Chair, Kiwanis Club of Midtown Tampa (1985 - 88)
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • TBDBITL Alumni Club (The Ohio State University Marching Band); Board of Governors (1992 - 93); Script Ohio Club Committee (1990 - 93); TBDBITL Alumni Band Reunion Script Ohio “i-dotter” (2011)
  • Ohio State University Alumni Association; Ohio State Advocate (1996 - present); Life Member
  • Mansfield Symphony Chorus (1988 - 95)
  • Grant Task Force, Community Action for Capable Youth (CACY) (1989)
  • Section Chair, Attorneys Section/Professional Division, United Way of Richland County, 1990 Campaign
  • Task Force on Supplemental Fund Raising, United Way of Richland County (1992)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, Inc. (1989 - 92)
  • Co-Chair, Kim Chiudioni Roseblossom Fundraising Committee (1997 - 98)
  • Member, First Congregational Church of Mansfield, Ohio; Board of Deacons (1994 - 97); Stewardship Committee (1990 - 93), Chair (1993)
  • Member, Kiwanis Club of Mansfield, Ohio (1988 - 97); Board of Directors (1988 - 91, 1995 - 97); Chair, Public Relations Committee (1990 - 91)
  • President, Clearfork Swim & Dive Team Parents’ Association (1997)
  • Member, University Club Educational Foundation, Inc. (1990 - present) ; President (1997 - 98); Vice President (1996 - 97); Scholarship Interview Team Captain (1995 - 2004)
  • Member, University Club of Mansfield, Ohio (1988 - 2008); President (1996 - 97); Vice President (1995 - 96); Board of Trustees (1991 - 94); Social Chairman (1994 - 95)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Mansfield Symphony Society, Inc. (1995 - 97); Vice President (1996 - 97); Executive Committee (1996 - 97); Chair, Labor Relations Committee (1995 - 97); Ad Hoc Steering Committee concerning merger of Mansfield Symphony Society, Inc. and Renaissance Theatre, Inc. (1996 - 97)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Rehabilitation Service of North Central Ohio, Inc. (1989 - 96); Chairman (1993 - 95); Vice Chairman (1991 - 93); Executive Committee (1991 - 96); Chair, Committee on Health Care Reform (1993 - 96); Co-Chair, Chili Cook-Off Committee (1990 - 91); Past Chairman’s Advisory Council
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Richland Performing Arts Association, Inc. (1997 - 2005); Chairman (2000 - 02); Vice Chairman (1998 - 2000); Executive Committee (1997 - 2004); Chair, Labor Relations Committee (1997 - 2000; 2002 - 05); Chair, Long Range Planning Committee (1998 - 2000; 2002 - 04); Chair, Nominating Committee (1997 - 98; 2002 - 04)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Richland County Foundation, Inc. (1996 - 2005); Treasurer (2003 - 05); Secretary (2001 - 03); Executive Committee Member (2001 - 05);  Distribution Committee (2001 - 05), Co-chair (2003 - 05); Policies and Procedures Committee (1996 - 2005), Chair (2001 - 03); Development Committee (1996 - 2005)

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Published in NPELRA Journal; CERL Review; and "AIDS and the Law," an ALI-ABA Monograph., Co-Author, AIDS AND THE EMPLOYMENT PROCESS: Employment Issues Raised by AIDS in the Workplace, 1986
  • Speaker at February 2005 Mansfield Richland County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Unlimited Meeting. Topic: “The Americans with Disabilities Act: Issues in the Workplace.”
  • Panel speaker at March 2004 Mansfield Richland County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Unlimited Meeting. Topic: “Tort Reform: A Defense Perspective.”
  • Speaker at October 2003 Ontario High School Business Law Class. Topic: “The Legal System – Practical Issues and Perspectives.”
  • Speaker at February 1994 Meeting of Kiwanis Club of Mansfield, Ohio. Topic: "Living Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney."
  • Panel speaker at September 1992 Mansfield-Richland Area Chamber of Commerce Workshop. Topic: "The Americans With Disabilities Act: An Overview for Employers."
  • Speaker at April 1992 meeting of North Central Ohio Claims Association. Topic: "Using Public Records In Handling Claims."
  • Speaker at March 1992 Annual Meeting of Domestic Violence Shelter, Mansfield, Ohio. Topic: "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace."
  • Speaker at October 1991 Meeting of Mansfield Business and Professional Women. Topic: "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace."
  • Panel speaker at April 1991 Mid-Ohio Small Business Development Center seminar. Topic: "Credit and Collections for Small Businesses."
  • Panel speaker at March 1990 and September 1991 Mid-Ohio Small Business Development Center seminars. Topic: "Pitfalls for Employers in the 90's."
  • Panel speaker at June 1988 Florida Gulf Coast Conference on AIDS: A Call to Knowledge and Understanding. Topic: "Legal Aspects of HIV Infection and the Employment Process: An overview of issues, problems and options."
  • Panel speaker at May 1988 meeting of Florida Restaurant Association, Jacksonville, Florida Chapter. Topic: "AIDS and the Restaurant Employer."
  • Lecturer and panel speaker at February 1988 course for Florida and Georgia appellate and trial court judges entitled "Medical Issues Facing Judges In The 80's and 90's," a Law and Medicine Specialty Course in Savannah, Georgia. Topic: "AIDS In The Workplace."
  • Panel speaker at October 1987 Annual Conference of National Association of Public Sector Equal Employment Opportunity Officers ("NAPSEO"), in San Antonio, Texas. Topic: "AIDS and the Public Sector Employer."
  • Panel speaker at June 1987 Personnel Law Seminar for public and private sector employers. Topic: "AIDS In The Workplace."
  • Local coordinator and panel speaker at May 1987 ABA Satellite Seminar, "Immigration Reform: New Obligations for All Employers."
  • Panel speaker at February 1987 Florida Hospital Association Annual Risk Management Conference. Topic - "AIDS: Employment Issues in The Health Care Industry."
  • Panel speaker at February 1987 Southeast Safety Congress Annual Meeting. Topic - "AIDS In The Workplace."
  • Panel speaker at November 1986 national conference in Miami, Florida, "The Challenge of AIDS: Sharing Strategies and Solutions."
  • Panel speaker at October 1986 Florida League of Financial Institution's Annual Human Resources Conference. Topic - "AIDS in the Workplace."
  • Local Coordinator and panel speaker at February 1986 ALI-ABA Satellite Program, "AIDS and the Law."
  • Prepared and delivered paper at January 1986 seminar, "AIDS: Issues In The Workplace," sponsored by the Center for Employment Relations and Law, Florida State University College of Law.
  • Co-Author of monograph on Sexual Harassment delivered at June 1987 Personnel Law Seminar.

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Represented the plaintiffs in a premises liability case where the plaintff (an elderly man) fell in to an open stairwell in a garage during a garage sale .  Plaintiff sustained serious injuries requiring extended hospitalization and rehabilitation and incurred substanital medical bills. Defendants denied liability for the incident. Case was settled for a substantial sum. Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2015
  • Represented a plaintiff homeowner seriously injured when the brick facade on the front of his home fell on him as a result of a failure by a contractor working at the home to keep him away from and protected from the construction activity. Plaintiff had injuries that resulted in surgeries, substantial medical bills and lost wages and permanent disfugurement. Case was settled for a substantial amount at mediation. Franklin County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2015
  • Represented the plaintiff who was injured in a serious motor vehicle crash on Interstate 71 in which she sustained a head injury and serious internal injuries requiring surgery and resulting in significant medical bills and lost wages. The case involved underlying liability insurance and underinsured motorists' coverage. The case was settled at mediation for a substantial amount. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2015
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case arising from serious burns during a surgical procedure.  Jury trial resulted in a verdict for plaintffs of $181,000.00. Grogg v. Knox Community Hosptial, Knox County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2015
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case arising from serious burns during a surgical procedure.  Case resulted in a settlement. Franklin County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2015
  • Represented the plaintffs in a premises liability case where the plaintff was injured when a hotel room bed collapsed after she sat on it.  Plaintiff had substantial preexisting problems but suffered substantial aggravation to her conditions. Case resulted in a substantial settlement for plaintffs during Mediation.  Ashland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2014
  • Represented the plaintff in complicated probate litigation involving a will contest action and multiple claims for declaratory judgment. After a settlement was purportedly reached, defendant would not proceed with the settlement and litigation was required to enforce the settlement involving multiple days of contested hearings. The Court enforced the settlement in plaintiff's favor.  Rogers v. Thoman, Morrow County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2014
  • Represented the plaintiff, an 85 year old man, who was assaulted by a 73 year old man following a road rage incident.  Plaintiff sustained injuries requiring medical treatment, medical bills and other expenses. Defendant denied liability and claimed self-defense.  Resulted in a verdict for plaintff including punitive damages and attorneys' fees.  Dillon v. Talley, Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio) , 2014
  • Represented the plaintiff in a personal injury action arising out of a motor vehicle collision.  Plaintiff sustained injury to her knee and an aggravation of a preexisting condition requiring surgery, medical bills and lost wages.  Defendant contested proximate cause of the injury and aggravation.  Resulted in a jury verdict for plaintff. Davis v. Kemplin, Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2014
  • Represented the plaintff (business owner) against a former employee to recover for the employee's theft of substantial funds from the business' Ohio lottery sales. Defendant had admitted small amount of theft and had been criminally prosecuted but denied that she had stolen the amount claimed by the plainitff. Resulted in a verdict in favor of plaintiff for the amount claimed. Hurlbut v. Hulse, Knox County Common Pleas Court (Ohio)  , 2013
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case resulting from a surgical and pharmaceutical error during surgery resulting in significant injuries to the plaintiff. Plaintiff had lasting problems that were disputed by the medical providers as to whether they were related.  Case was settled for a sigificant sum during Mediation.  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2013
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a bicycle accident where plaintff was knocked off of his bicycle on a roadway by the defendants dogs who were running loose.  Plaintiff sustained injuries requiring hospitalization, medical bills and lost income. Resulted in a Jury verdict for plaintffs.  Bernotas v. Myers, Richland Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2013
  • Represented the plaintiff in an employment case arising out of plaintff's former employment and termination from defendant employer. Plaintiff claimed she had been discharged in retaliation for making reports of violations by the employer to the state agency overseeing the defendant's business. Defendant denied liability.  Case was resolved favorably at Mediation. Huron County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2012
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a motorcycle/auto accident where the plaintiff motorcyclist was seriously injured in the collision and sustained significant medical bills. Recovery was initially limited by the personal insurance policy limits of the driver but counsel was able to join and make a substantial recovery from the coverage of defendant driver's employer.  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2012
  • Represented the plaintff in an action for construction and flooring defects at two of plaintffs' commercial properties where the same flooring and general contractor were used. Plaintiff sued the general contractor who joined multiple subcontracotrs and the flooring manufacturer. Plaintiff sought substantial damages to replace the flooring and related work. The various defendants disputed responsibility related to the cause of the flooring failure. Case was settled for substantial sum after extensive and extended litigation. Summit County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2012
  • Represented plaintffs in a motor vehicle accident case in which plaintiff sustained an injury to her shoulder resulting in surgery and medical bills. Defendant contested the proximate cause of the injury to the collision.  Resulted in a jury verdict for the plaintiffs.  Pohlabel v. Humphrey, Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2012
  • Represented the plaintiff, a 42 year old woman, in an incident involing a serious dog bite and related permanent injury and scarring, medical bills and lost wages.  Case was settled for homeowners' insurance policy limits. Richland County, Ohio, 2011
  • Represented the plaintff, a 20 year old motorcycle rider, related to a collision with a car that involved serious injuries to both drivers. Plaintiff also had singificant medical bills and lost wages. Liability was contested along with a claim for substantial comparative negligence.  Case was settled for significant sum following extensive litigation.  Marion County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2010
  • Represented the 79 year old plaintff in a serious automobile/semi truck accident case where driver was killed and plaintff (the passenger in the car) was seriously injured.  Plaintff had a substantial recovery period and incurred substantial medical bills.  Resulted in a Jury verdict of $150,000.00.  Lawrentz v. Estate of Quong, Ashland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio) , 2007
  • Represented an insurance company in a case for uninsured motorists benefits arising out of a motor vehicle collision where the plaintiff was injured. Liability and coverage were not disputed but the amount of damages was contested. Case resulted in a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiffs for an amount consistent with defendant's pretrial offer. Murphy v. Grange Mutual Casualty Co., Crawford County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2001
  • Represented defendant employer in a suit by a former employee for promissory estoppel and unpaid commissions, among other things. Defendant denied liability.  Case was tried to a Jury and resulted in a verdict for plainitff for some of her claims.  Sjostedt v. United Telephone Co., Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2001
  • Represented the Mansfield City Schools in a series of eminent domain cases for property/homes that the School District was seeking to obtain to build a new high school. Ultimately, 6 cases that could not be resolved were consoildated and tried to a jury for a determination of valuation of the properties. Resulted in Jury verdict for the exact figures suggested by the School District's experts and less than the District had offered the property owners prior to filing the lawsuits. Board of Education v. Chaney, et al., Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2000
  • Represented the plainitff and its owner (a third party defendant) in an action for damages due to breach of contract and other matters against a contractor and the contractor company's owner related to construction problems. Defendants filed a counterclaim and third party complaint against the plainitff and its owner. Resulted in a Jury verdict in favor of the plainitff for amount sought and in favor of plainitff and its owner on the counterclaim/third party complaint. Stearns & Lehman v. Davis Excavating, Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 1999
  • Represented the defendant in a case in which defendant who was intoxicated lost control of her vehicle and ran in to the wall of a restaurant resulting in injury to the plaintiffs who were patrons inside the restaurant. Liability was admitted but extent of injury and amount of damages were disputed. Resulted in jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs consistent with pre-trial offer.  Meister v. Dudte, Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 1994
  • Represented the defendant golf and swim club in a suit arising out of an injury sustained by the plaintiff while swimming in the club's pool when a juvenile using the pool's sliding board landed on the plaintiff.  The plaintiff claimed neck and back injuries that required surgery.  The defendant denied liability. Resulted in Jury verdict for the defendant.  Kemp v. Possum Run Golf Club. Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 1991

Transactions:

  • Representation of multiple employers over last 30 years in multiple negotiations for and drafting of Collective Bargaining Agreement with employers' unions. Successfully negotiated numerous labor agreements for these employer clients.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • As a 4 year member and sousaphone player in The Ohio State University Marching Band, honored as the "i Dotter" for the famous formation "Script Ohio at the 1981 Homecoming Game and the 1981 Liberty Bowl.  Also, was the "i Dotter" for the Ohio State Unviersity TBDBITL Alumni Band in 2011.

Educational Background:

  • B.S, in Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1982
Office Location for J. Jeffrey Heck

1 Marion Avenue
Suite 215
Mansfield, OH 44903

 

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Last Updated: 5/3/2017

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