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David Scott Heier

Divorce and separation Attorney at Canandaigua, NY

4.4   16 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 9 years
    Ohio - OH 44 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2014
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1979
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Divorce and separation
    A divorce lawyer helps you if you no longer want to be married. Whether you want a legal separation or the marriage ended, divorce lawyers assist you to arrange financial and family matters, typically in a negotiation with your spouse's lawyer. Alimony, child custody, child support, and a fair division of community assets (like who keeps the house or how your checking and savings accounts are divided) are matters that a divorce lawyer is trained to help determine.

    38 years, 2,000 cases

You need an experienced attorney for a high conflict divorce case. Custody of your children and a fair division of property are the critical issues to any divorce. My practice is all divorce and family law. You also have the benefit of my experience as a U.S. Marine Corps veteran where I served as a Judge Advocate on active duty and as an infantry company commander and battalion adjutant in the reserves. As an Assistant City Attorney, elected member to City Council, and other public service, I know the dedication it takes to represent people. For our community, my primary interest is in good government and efficient use of public resources. For you as my client, my primary goal is to achieve your objectives and to secure a better future for you and your family.



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Heier Law Office
20 Gorham Street
Canandaigua, NY, 14424

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4.4 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
Posted by Meg | May 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Family Attorney
As someone who knew nothing about custody and feeling as though I was on my own to navigate through this, Mr. Heier was there every step of the way. He was understanding from the very beginning. The kindness and patience he showed was above all else. The professionalism this man has is incredible. Highly recommend Mr. Heier.
Posted by SETH | December 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great family lawyer!
I was in the dark and on my own for the beginning of trying to see my son. I needed to find a lawyer and stumbled acrossed David. He always kept it to trying to help me see my son no matter what was thrown at us. He is a guy with integrity and respect for what he does and I thank him very much for getting me to this point. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very thorough and helpful during this trying time
Very much appreciated all David’s time and efforts in my recent divorce. His hard work and communication back to me was comforting.
Posted by Casey | December 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent family law attorney
I had an out of State custody issue prior to hiring Mr Heier I was getting no where. Based on reviews I took a chance and was extremely at ease immediately. He was on top of everything and my case was was in our favor. There were no hidden fees at the end.. Every thing was cut and dry . If You are looking for an excellent family law attorney Mr. Heier is the one. 5 stars all the eay
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Posted by Emily | September 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He was fantastic
He was court appointed but never made me feel his wasn’t giving 100%. I always felt he had my back and when he felt something I was asking for wasn’t going to happen he was honest and said so. I would recommend him to anyone who has family court issues.
Posted by Liz | January 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
If I could give him more than 5 stars I would. Mr. Heier became my attorney for a custody dispute when my previous one decided last minute he could no longer work for me due to a new job offer in another city. I was scared and had just a couple of days to find another attorney before my first court date, and I am so thankful that I found Mr. Heier. David has worked so hard to help me gain residency of my children when we knew it would be an uphill battle. Mr. Heier has been our calm in what has been a stormy year and a half of litigation, and has gone above and beyond what any attorney will or would do. He is compassionate about his clients and their cases. We never had an issue being able to get ahold of him when we had an issue or question as he promptly returned all of our phone calls, emails, and texts messages. He worked tirelessly to make sure that our new Custody Order was drafted quickly and signed within a matter of days. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Chris | September 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody case
David was excellent in dealing with my case. He is very straight forward and to the point where most attorneys I feel would go on a tangent. He made sure we stayed on point and focused. As a result we were able to win our case and granted what we wanted. He was very professional both inside and outside of the court room. Always being able to take phone calls and emails and always being able to be there when I needed him. I would definitely recommend him to everyone who asked about attorneys. I would absolutely rehire him if I could for another case.
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Posted by Bill | April 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Heier is very knowledgeable in Family Law and truly cares about his clients outcome. Mr. Heier responded to my concerns even during evenings and weekends. In my case, Mr. Heier negotiated a settlement that saved me thousands of dollars.
Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David won my custody case
I had to hire David due to a conflict of interest with my own attorney. He helped me win my case with his excellent negotiating skills, assertiveness and years of experience in family law. He knew my best interests, what my desired outcome was, and what my strong and weak points were as far as arguments. He put it all together and we came out on top and the other party settled in our favor. As far as the previous review on David - why would you expect him to continue to work for you when you stopped paying your bill? Would you go to work if you knew you weren't going to get paid? Meet your obligation and maybe someone will put forth an honest effort for you. You also stated he didn't have much to go on. Why are you going to court without any factual ammunition? Your review sounds ridiculous. David's retainer is reasonable if you're serious about winning your case. You get what you pay for in my opinion. He did a great job for me is all I can say and I will hire him again in a second if I need to.
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Posted by Adeel | October 4, 2012
Excellent Attorney
Mr,David Scott Heier. He's very loyal and hard working person.. I’m very pleased and cannot express my gratitude in words to you .However I have my words in few lines & Thank you for all your efforts for fighting my case & letting me win my case. Mr, David Heier You done a great job for me & my family.I m very very highly recommend Mr,David Heier. & my many blessings for you. God bless you :)
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Posted by Betsy | September 28, 2012
Divorce 2011
David responded immediately to all my questions and was very patient. He has a kind mannor and his sense of humor at just the right time helped me to keep my composure and push forward through a difficult time in my life. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by John | June 13, 2012
I Love My Daughter
I needed an attorney to help me retain my rights as a Father. This was the 2nd time there was a need to do so during my 12 years as a Dad. I feverishly searched for an attorney, and had many consultations prior to deciding on Mr. Heier. Initially, I found David to be very pleasant, with a level of concern beyond any that I had seen in an attorney. He gave candid and objective opinions toward my situation, and a high level of hope that my daughter would remain in my life, and I in hers. Mr. Heier identified the most pertinent issues I needed to address; leaving the trivial behind. He gave practical solutions to problems I felt were so very out of control. Mr. Heier put me more at ease about the situation with my daughter than any other attorney before him. Through his stellar council, my daughter has been able to remain in the school system of her choice, and continue the friendships she has built over the years. I am also able to enjoy 50% time with my daughter, allowing us to continue building on the relationship we both so cherish. Mr. Heier retained an unwavering consciousness to my situation on a personal and financial level as his client, and as a fellow Marine. His retainer was very generous, and any subsequent fees were minimal. I was able to achieve the best results for my daughter with less of a financial burden than anticipated. Considering the experience and outcome I had with Mr. Heier, I would most definitely recommend him as council for anyone in my situation. Taking into account the professionalism and compassion he displayed throughout my case, I would have no uncertainties using him for any legal matters I may have in the future. Sincerely, John Chestna LCpl/U.S.M.C. Desert Storm
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2012
Excellent Representation
Mr. Heier is so impressive that when he took my daughters case I was no longer concern that justice would be served. He truly knows the law and can handle himself very, very well in the court room. My daughter could not have had a better attorney representing her, he always looked for fairness for both parties and always consider the childs best interest. My daughter went through 3 attorney's before hiring Mr. Heier and due to their lack of experience this case has cost her a pretty penny, so 2 years later we found the RIGHT man to represent her. It has been 1 1/2 year now that he has worked for her and he has truly been God sent. Overall Mr. Heier is a class act attorney that knows the law and that is important to have that kind of representation in the court room. We as a family could not have asked for a better attorney. Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Overall a good experience
Overall I won my case and was happy with my outcome. The good\great: He is great at answering his phone and emails. Most of the time he picks up on the first or second ring and is available right away. He knows the law very well. Every single thing he told me was true and accurate regarding the law and how the divorce process works. He was good at communicating with opposing counsel. Listened to my opinions and offered solid advice to whether they were feasible options. The billing was fair and transparent. I spent 60% less on legal fees than my ex and most everything went in my favor. The not as good: I felt as though he was unprepared each time we went to court. I was constantly going through all the details in the 5 minutes before our appearances. I felt as though I was driving most of the progress and was the one doing the leg work with him being the messenger more than my representative. Overall I had a fine experience. For a simple divorce with not a lot of complications he was effective.
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Posted by JOSHUA | July 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
All I wanted was a divorce
I hired David in 2021 to handle my divorce I paid him over 2000 dollars . At first he seemed focused and eager to help but after a few months he stopped responding to me he stopped working on my divorce I just left the county clerk's office and they told me that he hasn't submitted anything I'm at my witt's end he was good up until it actually came to doing any work he won't respond to my emails he won't return my calls and won't do the job he was hired to do I would not recommend anyone hire him
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I would love to give 0 stars
I hired David to be my attorney in May 2016 for the amount of $5,000.00 paid to him. At this time he was to represent me in my divorce and help with custody and the money my husband owed to me. In the beginning David seemed distracted and not completely up for the job, but I had paid him and decided to give him a chance. At one court date back in October he seemed very confident and told me that the case was going to trial and I needed to give him another $6,000 to finish up through trial. His optimism that I would be getting more than what I even asked for and that there shouldn't be a problem getting residential custody of my girls I paid him. Later on he proved to be completely incompetent and revoked his previous assumption that I would be getting custody or even the money that was supposed to be proven to be mine. The last straw(s) were him not telling me that the court date had been changed and it ended up being the day of my Gramma's funeral. He said he would take care of it and not to worry and go to the funeral. Later after court he called to tell me that I will NOT be getting residential custody of my kids and that I should just let it go and focus on the money part of it. He said that I "needed to be realistic and that I have emotional issues" after I started crying that he wasn't doing his job. Then, two days later I found out from my ex that David didn't even show up to court that day and they had to phone him to conference him in! He never told me he wasn't going to go and that the decision made that day was probably because I didn't have anyone there to fight my side. So I fired him assuming I would get most if not all of the $6,000 I had given him a month ago and could hire a new attorney. He refuses to give me any money back and says I owed him for past expenses. I NEVER ever received a bill for anything. It says in the contract that he will provide me with an itemized statement of charges not less than every 60 days. I never got one. Plus he had told me the $6,000 was to prepare for and go to trial set in February. David never advised me that the children would have their own attorney, and that I would need to speak to her, so meeting her for the first time during a court date was a surprise for me. An even bigger surprise was that she had been speaking with my ex-husband right along and never contacted me because she didn't get permission from David to do so. The entire time she was in the picture and I was unaware she was only hearing the lies my ex was spewing about me and never followed up to hear my side. Finally, after trying to contact her myself she called me 3 days before the NEXT court date and spoke with me for 10 minutes. I was able to disprove a few allegations my husband was making, but that didn't seem good enough for judgement were made before ever even seeing me. I finally demanded an itemized statement of charges because he said he wasn't going to give me my money back and when I picked it up from his office saw that he was charging me for every phone call, every email and $250 ONE way to court, so $500 a trip to court plus court time. The phone calls, I would call him to ask what time court was and he would tell me he didn't know and would call the court to find out and call me back. Then charge me for 3 phone calls at 10 min each. And his retainer I signed said in increments of min 6 minutes. It does not say amount of money per mile or amount of time spent reading emails. He took $11,000 of my money, didn't follow through with anything, didn't let me know about important changes in court appearances, added law guardians, didn't show up to a court date, never sent me a bill, overcharged for just about everything, told me the last $6,000 was for trial, and was not adequately representing me in any way. He is thoughtless and unprofessional and took advantage of an emotional mother going though the hardest point in her life fighting for her children.
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Response from David Heier February 1, 2017
I will not reveal the confidences of my client, even to defend myself. High conflict divorce and custody cases are high risk for any attorney willing to accept such a case. These high conflict cases are never one sided in favor of either parent when sole custody is sought by both. That is what makes them high conflict. Many times it is necessary to advise a client to seek drug and alcohol treatment. Sometimes serious mental health issues need to be addressed. Sometimes a client must be told things they do not want to hear. Over the course of a high conflict case, emotions are high and expectations can be unrealistic. Many times compromise with the opposing party may be the best course of action for a client and for the children if the evidence turns out to be unfavorable. Proposing reasonable compromises to a client is a risk of having them blame the attorney for not getting everything they want in a case. This is one reason most attorneys do not practice family law or accept high conflict cases. The time commitment in such cases for an attorney can be substantial. Engagement letters are required and it clearly spells out what is charged. To my detriment, I will record my time on a bill but not charge the client. A client may see the item but not also see where it is listed as no charge. I don't have to accept high conflict cases, but I do. I see a person who needs help and I accept the challenge. I also accept the risk that there will be a client who will never be satisfied no matter how much time they are given, no matter how much compassion is shown, no matter that they are given the best legal advice and professional opinion.
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Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Heier Law Office
  • 1986 - Present
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • City of Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • 1983 - 1985
  • JAG
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • 1980 - 1983


  • University of Dayton School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Dayton
  • MA - Masters
  • 1979
  • University of Dayton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Ohio vs. Gabrielle Mansour
  • Sentenced to only 8 years in prison for murder


  • Ontario County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 1993-1994, 4th Edition
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Seminar
  • Child Custody
  • N/A
  • Columbus Family Law Committee
  • Dividing Military Retirement in Divorce
  • N/A

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Heier is widely respected by his peers and is excellent attorney and I certainly endorse him as an attorney to meet your legal needs."
Divorce and separation