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Rene Heinrich

Divorce and separation Attorney at Newport, KY

4.9   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Rene

Learn Rene’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    24 years

  2. Child custody

    24 years

  3. Child support

    24 years

  4. DUI and DWI
    DUI and other criminal practice in Northern Kentucky. Because sometimes good people make mistakes.

    24 years, 50 cases

  5. Nursing home abuse and neglect

    24 years

  6. Personal injury
    Car/truck accidents, discrimination, sexual and other abuse, wrongful death, wrongful termination, medical malpractice and other personal injury work in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

    24 years, 120 cases

  7. Uncontested divorce

    24 years

  8. Class action

    24 years

  9. Probate

    24 years

  10. Sex crime

    24 years

  11. Trucking accident

    24 years

  12. Wrongful death

As a lawyer, I realize that most of my clients come to me through referrals.  It's important to me that every client understands their particular situation, and is comfortable enough with me to ask any question.  I know that while court may be an every day experience for me, it's not for most of my clients, and I try my best to take some of the fear out of the process.  Most importantly, I do my best to cut through the bull, and give advice that I would give to any family member.


Despite what some may think, divorce is not a win/lose endeavor.  The goal of every divorce is to find solutions that work for the family.  While there are times to take the gloves off and fight there also are times to step back and try and find common resolutions.


As a product of divorce, I understand the complexities of raising children during these difficult situations.  As a mother of three children, and three stepchildren, I understand that it's not always easy.  I run a child-centered practice.


In my spare time (who has spare time! ), I love traveling to new places with my kids, boating, reading, and spending time outside.  If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email.

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The Heinrich Firm, PLLC
800 Monmouth
Newport, KY, 41071

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Posted by Kelly | November 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rene is awesome
We called Rene while she was on vacation. Her assistant made an appointment for the day she returned to the office. Rene took the time and sat with us so patiently. I went into her office a total mess and left feeling so much better. I just knew that she had everything under control, which she did until the very end. I trusted her with everything that mattered most to me and she came through with flying colors.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Ohio Grandma
Rene is amazing. She will work beside you to make sure that right is done. Her staff is amazing, Tyler in particular, and they can be trusted no matter your circumstances.
Posted by Christy | May 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch All the Way
I am beyond thankful to have found Rene. I felt that she genuinely cared about mine and my children’s well being and safety and fought to make sure they could stay in a safe environment and were protected from their father who was abusing them. Prior to seeking Rene’s counsel, we had been to court before with multiple social workers /CPS involvement, and although many people and agencies tried to help my kids, it always ended the same- with their being returned to shared custody with their father to endure his ongoing abuse. I was told by many people that although they knew he was hurting them emotionally and mentally, he would never be found guilty in court bc our legal system was “broken” and there was “nothing more I could do”. I was also told by a previous attorney that cases like ours were a nightmare bc they are so difficult to prove in court bc you can’t just see the scars left by emotional and mental abuse, like you can scars left by physical abuse. I’m beyond thankful that Rene wasn’t intimidated by our situation and she took the time to truly see my children and the pain they were going through. She didn’t give up until they were safe and protected. After 12 years of flying under the radar, their father was finally found guilty of child abuse in a court of law and they are no longer forced to endure his abuse. Forgive me for using a cliche, but regarding Rene- she “did what they said can’t be done”. I would recommend her to anyone in search of an excellent attorney. She’s a mom herself and truly an advocate for children. She is worth every penny and then some.
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Rene is an incredible lawyer. She worked on her vacation to help my family. I don't know many lawyers who would go out of their way on their vacation to help. She's kind, down to earth, and very determined to help. I would recommend her a thousand times over.
Posted by Theresa Chipley | March 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very nice, very helpful
Gave me great advice , was grateful for the advice
Posted by Ben | November 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family law
Rene is very skilled and very professional. She provides great service at really fair prices. I used her several times and will definitely use her again.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2015
Divorced w/ children
Rene has a passion for what she does. By being ethical & compassionate she understands the emotional turmoil you may be going through. She is 100% for what is best for the children. This was a huge factor on why I chose Rene to represent me for my divorce. Was very impressed with the fact she absorbed all information given to her by simply reading over quickly.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2015
THE best
The best when it comes to kids!! She cared more about my 2 boys being safe from harm, then she did getting money for the time she had invested. Top notch when it comes to knowing the law of family court.
Posted by karen | March 11, 2015
excellent in handling my divorce situation
Rene was able to be very professional while still remaining sensitive during a very emotional time. Feeling secure in my decision to retain her as my attorney was one less concern for me. She remained focused on a smooth transition into a new life for me and my children.
Posted by Alexander | March 9, 2015
Above and Beyond the best Divorce Lawyer I have encountered
I am a physician and a father. I had the misfortune of having the experience of a divorce proceeding that took over 2 years in the court and in appeal. I have had the misfortune to deal with several divorce attorneys. I was referred to some of the so called "best" by reputation and was very disappointed at the service, effort consistency and truthfulness of my lawyers. Rene Heinrich is the exception. She is not only very intelligent, knowledgeable and trustworthy but is unusually responsive and caring. She cares about her clients best interest and the best interests of the family. She is forward thinking in her strategy while giving good advice about long term and short term benefits (as well as negatives). She can also "cut to the chase" and save thousands of dollars in expense by using common sense in contrast to previous experiences where the lawyers seemed to be motivated to drag things on in my dispute. She is rare beyond rare in her aptitude and empathy. A special and remarkable attribute in this profession. I strongly recommend without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2015
Amazing attorney who fights for what you want!
Rene is a hardworking attorney who fights to the end to get the results we want. She is honest and loyal to her clients. She listened my needs and was honest as to what was possible to win and what wasn't. I respect the fact that it was sugarcoated so to speak. Her office staff was most helpful and polite ladies I have dealt with. I would recommend anyone to Rene as I believe she does a fantastic job fighting for what she believes is right.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2015
Awesome Attorney who really cares!
Rene is a great attorney as well as a great person overall. She has helped me with custody/child support issues for over 6 years now. She is always willing to be there for any and all of my needs. She is very trustworthy and knowledgeable in many aspects. She has a great assistant who is always available for any of your needs as well. I highly recommend Rene for any of your family law needs.
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Posted by Carleon | June 25, 2013
Look No Further
I have had the opportunity to work with Rene Heinrich for the past few years ands she has proven to be a weatlth of knowledge regarding child custody in the State of Kentucky. Not only does she give sound advice, she has worked diligently to keep me well informed during and after business hours. During the stages of my case, Rene understood that I was financially limited and worked with me on this. If you are looking for an attorney in the Kenton/Campbell County area, please look no further than Rene Heinrich!
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Posted by Sue | January 3, 2013
Grandchildren Custody Case
A friend told me about Rene. I called her and she went out of her way explaining things to me. In court she was professional, possessed knowledge and came to the point with the judge. As a result I won my case. Since that time, I have emailed her a few times and she responded quickly giving me the answers needed. As a lawyer she is excellent and I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Abbey | January 3, 2013
Professional, knowledgeable and compassionate.
Rene Heinrich has been invaluable to me as an attorney. She has always been honest about what she believes is the best course of action and is very knowledgeable about the law. She makes intelligent and sound recommendations. She went above and beyond and even helped to establish a precedent in my custody case that will benefit many others. My case was relatively unique but Rene did not hesititate to research anything she was unsure about it use it to help me. Without Rene, I suspect my case would have had a much different, and probably negative outcome.
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Posted by Beth | December 27, 2012
Amazing family attorney
I would recomend Rene to anyone..She is very professional and knows the law when it comes to children. My son has a better life now because of Rene and some other professionals that were involved in my case. Rene being a mother herself, understands and is concerned about the childs best interest.
Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2013
Campbell county
Rene is extremely knowledgeable and I know that my case was won because she used all resources at her disposal. She never once tried to tell me 'everything will be all right', which I respect. She gave it to me straight, which I appreciate, and proves that she wasn't just getting her paycheck, she was serious about winning and doing the right thing for my family. I highly recommend her if you need justice, but don't expect to BS her. The only opportunity I think she has is in her followup. Sometimes it does take a minute to hear back from her or to get something done. Whether that's just the nature of practicing law or not, I don't know, I haven't dealt with this stuff much, but that was the only piece that made me nervous. Again though, I highly recommend her and she made the difference.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Heinrich Firm
  • 2007 - Present
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Kentucky Parole Board
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Donovan Law
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Arnzen, Parry and Wentz
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Stage Technician
  • Cincinnati Stage Employees, Local #5
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Assistant Director- "Side Man"
  • New York Stage and Film
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Marketing Director
  • TDS Restaurants
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Company Manager
  • Cincinnati Ballet Company
  • 1995 - 1995
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  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Honors Scholar
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Nursing Home Litigation Case
  • The case settled to the satisfaction of the parties.
  • Yates and Smith v. Kim Davis, et al.
  • Ongoing
  • Minor v. Diocese
  • Settlement
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  • Highland Heights City Council
  • Council Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Kentucky Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice
  • Member, Appointed by Justice Noble of the Ky Supreme Court
  • 2012 - Present
  • Camp Horsin' Around
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Lizzie Lulu Scholarship Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Emerge Kentucky
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Kentucky Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board
  • Board Member, Appointed by the Governor
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Kentucky Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board
  • Board Member, Appointed by Governor Beshear
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Highland Heights City Council
  • Elected councilperson
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Highland Heights City Council
  • Elected Council Person
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • German
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV- Preeminent Ranking- Judicial Edition
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award for Excellence
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney Rating- Divorce
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Council Member, Elected Official
  • Highland Heights City Council
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Attorney Award
  • Northern Kentucky Legal Aid
  • 2010
  • Elected Official, Council Member
  • Highland Heights
  • 2008
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  • Kentucky Justice Association- The Advocate
  • Mediation Works: Why Domestic Relations Practioners Should Give It A Shot
  • 2013
  • Lex Loci- Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Maternity Leave and the Practice of Law
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • American Association of Justice Winter Convention 2019
  • Mindfulness and Intentional Living to Improve Your Life and Law Practice
  • 2019
  • Constitution Week 2015
  • Religious Liberty and Same Sex Marriage: Where Do We Go From here?
  • 2015
  • Biannual Meeting
  • Same Sex Marriage and Kim Davis
  • 2015
  • Continuing Legal Education Course
  • Primary Speaker--Family Law Update
  • 2014
  • Video presentation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2013
  • Pupilage Group Presentation
  • Round Table Discussion on Collaborative v. Traditional Divorce Models
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Rene on a couple of collaborative cases and an adoption. Her knowledge of the law coupled with her ability to negotiate in a savvy yet respectful manner is very impressive. She is highly respected in the legal community and is always one of my "go to" people when I come across a complex family law issue. I highly recommend Rene for all family law matters."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"If you happen to find yourself in need of a Family Law Attorney, there is none finer than Rene Heinrich. Her knowledge, skills & ability to get results speak for themselves. She is dynamic & effective in the court room. I have email nothing but respect for her & her abilities."
Family Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She fights passionately for her clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've personally worked with Rene on several cases in Family Court. She impressed me with her enthusiasm of representing her client. She represented her clients' professionally and with a passion that I try to meet in my own practice. Should I even need her services (I hope I never do!), I would certainly call her as my attorney"
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rene is a highly competent, skilled and prepared attorney who I have worked with on a case. I would hire her to represent me if I was looking for an excellent attorney in domestic relations!"
Family Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rene is an amazing attorney and extremely knowledgeable in family law matters. She was extremely helpful and diligent in my own family matters."
General practice Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Rene for family law related matters. I referred her a family friend who still gushes over the fantastic representation Rene provided."
Family Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rene is an excellent attorney!"
General practice Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Rene on several cases and am always impressed by her desire to secure her clients goals. Her drive and desire to ensure the best result possible is tremendous. If you need the help of an attorney in Northern Kentucky I can not recommend Rene strongly enough!"
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Rene on a number of cases over the years and can highly endorse her qualifications. She is an excellent attorney and is very concerned about making sure the right things are being done for her clients."
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