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 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

From his law firm in Mansfield, Ohio, The Heck Law Offices, Ltd., attorney J. Jeffrey Heck focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death claims. In addition, he also represents employees and employers alike with all types of employment law matters, as well as business owners facing complex commercial litigation and families in probate litigation. A highly rated and award winning attorney, Mr. Heck devotes his time and resources to helping clients throughout Ohio find the justice they seek.

A court-trained mediator and arbitrator, Mr. Heck uses his negotiation skills to help his clients resolve their disputes and achieve the positive results they expect. However, he also advocates strongly on his clients' behalf in court when that is the best option availble.

Over the course of his more than 30 years of practicing law, he has successfully handled thousands of cases in both state and federal courts throughout Ohio and Florida, earning a reputation as one of the top civil litigation attorneys in the country. He holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and a Top Attorney rating from AVVO.

A 1982 graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Heck obtained his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1985. That same year he was admitted to practice law in Florida and, in 1988, was licensed as an attorney in Ohio. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 11th Circuits.

A consummate professional, Mr. Heck has been very active with the Richland County Bar Association, where he has served as the association's Secretary, as well as litigation chair for the organization's certified grievance committee. He has also served on numerous committees for the Ohio State Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the Ohio Association for Justice, among others.

Believing in the importance of giving back to his community, he volunteers his time and services to various local and regional nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and artistic associations and is a local elected official as a Board Member of the Lexington Local Schools.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

General Litigation: Litigation

Personal Injury - Products: Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018

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About Jeffrey Heck

Admitted: 1988, Ohio

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

Honors and Awards:

  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2002
  • Most Valuable Player, Rehabilitation Service of North Central Ohio, 1994
  • Graduated With Honors, University of Florida College of Law, 1985
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers, 2017, 2018  

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Common Pleas Court of Richland County, Ohio, Court-trained and Appointed Mediator

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Past Member and Board Member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member
  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Richland County Bar Association, Member and Litigation Chairman, Certified Grievance Committee
  • Richland County Bar Association, Member, Secretary and Board Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates, Task Force and Committee member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit  
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • Florida
  • Ohio

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Board Member, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
  • Member and Executive Committee Member, Kiwanis Club of Mansfield
  • Board Member and President, University Club Educational Foundation
  • Board Member and President, University Club of Mansfield
  • Board Member and Officer, Mansfield Symphony Society
  • Board Member and Chairman, Renaissance Performing Arts Association
  • Board Member and President, Rehabilitation Service of North Central Ohio
  • Trustee and Secretary, Richland County Foundation
  • Member and Vice President, Lexington Local Schools Board of Education
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • 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)

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 a plaintiff in a claim for her injuries resulting from a multi-vehicle crash on an interstate highway. The plaintiff was awarded damages by the jury at trial for her injuries, lost wages, medical bills and the diminished value of her vehicle due to the collision. Hutchinson v. Estate of Budniak, Wayne Courty Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2017
  • Represented the plaintiffs (an elderly couple) injured in a head-on collision with impaired driver. Both plaintiffs sustained serious injuries requiring surgical procedures and hospitalization and incurred substantial medical bills. Claim involved both liability and underinsured motorists' insurance carriers. Case was settled for a substantial sum. Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2017
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a premises liability case where the plaintiff (an elderly man) fell into an open stairwell in a garage during a garage sale. Plaintiff sustained serious injuries requiring extended hospitalization and rehabilitation and incurred substantial medical bills. Defendants denied liability for the incident. Case was settled for a substantial sum. Richland 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 plaintiffs of $181,000.00. Grogg v. Knox Community Hospital, Knox 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 disfigurement. 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.  Case resulted in a settlement. Franklin County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2015
  • 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 plaintiff. Davis v. Kemplin, Richland 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 plaintiff including punitive damages and attorneys' fees.  Dillon v. Talley, Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio) , 2014
  • Represented the plaintiff 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 plaintiffs in a premises liability case where the plaintiff 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 plaintiffs during Mediation.  Ashland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2014
  • 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 significant sum during Mediation.  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2013
  • Represented the plaintiffs in a bicycle accident where plaintiff was knocked off of his bicycle on a roadway by the defendant's dogs who were running loose.  Plaintiff sustained injuries requiring hospitalization, medical bills and lost income. Resulted in a Jury verdict for plaintiffs.  Bernotas v. Myers, Richland Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2013
  • Represented the plaintiff (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 plaintiff. Resulted in a verdict in favor of plaintiff for the amount claimed. Hurlbut v. Hulse, Knox County Common Pleas Court (Ohio)  , 2013
  • Represented plaintiffs 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 in an action for construction and flooring defects at two of plaintiffs' commercial properties where the same flooring and general contractor were used. Plaintiff sued the general contractor who joined multiple subcontractors 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 the plaintiff in an employment case arising out of plaintiff'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 plaintiff, a 42 year old woman, in an incident involving 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 plaintiff, a 20 year old motorcycle rider, related to a collision with a car that involved serious injuries to both drivers. Plaintiff also had significant 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 plaintiff in a serious automobile/semi truck accident case where driver was killed and plaintiff (the passenger in the car) was seriously injured. Plaintiff 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 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 plaintiff for some of her claims.  Sjostedt v. United Telephone Co., Richland County Common Pleas Court (Ohio), 2001
  • 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 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 consolidated 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 plaintiff 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 plaintiff and its owner. Resulted in a Jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff for amount sought and in favor of plaintiff 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

Educational Background:

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

1 Marion Avenue
Suite 215
Mansfield, OH 44903

Phone: 419-524-2700

 

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