Jeff Heck, "Mansfield's Injury Lawyer," has extensive legal experience handling all types of injury and wrongful death cases and insurance claims of many kinds. He also handles civil commercial litigation and labor and employment matters representing both employers and employees. He is a court-trained Mediator and has also served as an appointed Mediator for the Richland County Court of Common Pleas, as well as a private Mediator and Arbitrator selected jointly by other attorneys in numerous other cases and disputes.
Jeff has his roots in North Central Ohio. He grew up in the Mansfield area and graduated from Malabar High School. He is also a graduate of The Ohio State University where he was a 4 year member and a Squad Leader of The Ohio State University Marching Band. He graduated with Honors from The University of Florida College of Law. He has over 30 years of extensive courtroom and other legal experience and is admitted to practice law in the courts of both Ohio and Florida, including various federal district and appellate courts.
Jeff began his legal career with a very large Florida law firm. He then returned to Mansfield in the late 1980's to help people in his hometown and in the region where he grew up. He is a strong believer in the idea of "giving back" to the community. He believes strongly in his community and, in addition to his law practice, has put his time and energy behind many non-profit organizations to try to improve it. In 2001, he was elected to the Lexington Local Schools Board of Education where he served 4 elected terms as a Board member, including Board Vice President for several of those years. He is also the Past Board Chairman and Board Member of Renaissance Performing Arts Association and the Rehabilitation Services of North Central Ohio. He has served as President of the University Club of Mansfield and the University Club Educational Foundation and as a Trustee and Secretary of the Richland County Foundation, among many others.
Jeff also believes that giving back to the legal profession is important. His service has included several terms as the Secretary of the Richland County Bar Association and as the Litigation Chair of its Certified Grievance Committee. He was elected and re-elected numerous times by his peers as a 22 year member of the Ohio State Bar Association's Council of Delegates. In 2017, he was honored as a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association. He has also served on numerous OSBA committees and task forces. Currently he is a member of and a District representative for the Ohio Association for Justice ? the only statewide organization of lawyers dedicated to protecting and fighting for the rights of ordinary citizens in Ohio's civil justice system. He also previously served on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys and is currently a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Richland County Bar Association and the Florida Bar.
Jeff and his wife, Donna (Office Manager/CFO of The Heck Law Offices), make their home in the Mansfield area. They have 6 adult children and 5 grandchildren.
Areas of Practice
Personal Injury Wrongful Death Drunk and Impaired Driving Accidents Distracted Driving Accidents Semi Trucks Accidents Motorcycle Accidents Motor Vehicle Accidents Animal Bites, Attacks and Injuries Medical Malpractice Birth Injuries Medical, Medication, Emergency Room and Surgical Errors Failure to Diagnose/Delayed Diagnosis Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Claims Serious or Catastrophic Injuries Product Liability Dangerous and Defective Products Commercial Civil Litigation Probate Litigation Labor & Employment Law Social Security Disability
Ohio Florida U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida Honors: With Honors The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio Honors: Member and Squad Leader The Ohio State University Marching Band Malabar High School Graduate
Honors and Awards
Super Lawyers, 2017-2018 "AV Preeminent Attorney" rated by Martindale Hubbell "Top Lawyer in Labor & Employment Law", Martindale Hubbell "Superb" rating, Avvo "America's Most Honored Professional", The American Registry Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society "Distinguished Lawyer" Designation by The Expert Network "Best Malpractice Attorney-Ohio" "Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in Ohio" 2018, The American Society of Legal Advocates Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2002 - Present "Most Valuable Player" Award, Rehabilitation Service of North Central Ohio, Inc., 1994 - Present TBDBITL Alumni Band Reunion Script Ohio "i-dotter", 2011 - Present
Professional Associations and Memberships
Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow Ohio State Bar Association, Member and Council of Delegates, Task Force and Committee member Richland County Bar Association, Member, Secretary and Board Member Richland County Bar Association, Member and Litigation Chairman, Certified Grievance Committee Florida Bar, Member Ohio Association for Justice, Member and District Representative Executive Committee, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Past Member and Executive Committee Member Common Pleas Court of Richland County, Ohio, Court-trained and Appointed Mediator Ohio State Bar Association's Council of Delegates, Member
Pro Bono Activities
Member and Vice President, Lexington Local Schools Board of Education Trustee and Secretary, Richland County Foundation Board Member and Chairman, Rehabilitation Services of North Central Ohio Board Member and Chairman, Renaissance Performing Arts Association Board Member and Officer, Mansfield Symphony Society President, University Club of Mansfield President, University Club Educational Foundation Member and Executive Committee Member, Kiwanis Club of Mansfield Board Member, Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio Pro Bono Legal Counsel to Numerous Charitable Organizations and Causes Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program