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About me

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.


Languages spoken: German

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Contact info

The Heinrich Firm, PLLC

526 York Street
Newport, KY, 41071

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 15%
    16 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 10%
    16 years, 50 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    16 years, 120 cases
  4. Child Support: 10%
    16 years
  5. Other: 55%
  6. More 



Hourly ($200-300/hour), contingent (33-40%), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Chad G. Koop

    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.


    Chad Koop Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Nicholas D. Summe

    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.


    Nicholas Summe Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter


KYAuthorized to practice law200007/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction Award for ExcellenceLawyers.com2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top Attorney Rating- DivorceAvvo2015
Council Member, Elected OfficialHighland Heights City Council2013
Pro Bono Attorney AwardNorthern Kentucky Legal Aid2010
Elected Official, Council MemberHighland Heights2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Heinrich Firm2007 - Present
Administrative Law JudgeKentucky Parole Board2006 - 2008
AttorneyDonovan Law2004 - 2007
Associate AttorneyArnzen, Parry and Wentz2000 - 2004
Stage TechnicianCincinnati Stage Employees, Local #51997 - 2000
Assistant Director- "Side Man"New York Stage and Film1996 - 1996
Marketing DirectorTDS Restaurants1996 - 1997
Company ManagerCincinnati Ballet Company1995 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2015 - Present
Kentucky Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention BoardBoard Member, Appointed by the Governor2013 - Present
Kentucky Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Family Court Rules of Procedure and PracticeMember, Appointed by Justice Noble of the Ky Supreme Court2012 - Present
Camp Horsin' AroundBoard Member2009 - Present
Lizzie Lulu Scholarship FoundationBoard Member2008 - Present
Kentucky Justice AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Kentucky Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention BoardBoard Member, Appointed by Governor Beshear2012 - 2015
Highland Heights City CouncilElected councilperson2012 - 2014
Highland Heights City CouncilElected Council Person2008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Yates and Smith v. Kim Davis, et al.Ongoing
Nursing Home Litigation CaseThe case settled to the satisfaction of the parties.
Minor v. DioceseSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Kentucky Justice Association- The AdvocateMediation Works: Why Domestic Relations Practioners Should Give It A Shot2013
Lex Loci- Northern Kentucky Bar AssociationMaternity Leave and the Practice of Law2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Eastern Kentucky UniversityEnglish, Speech Communications and TheaterBA - Bachelor of Arts, Honors Scholar1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Constitution Week 2015Religious Liberty and Same Sex Marriage: Where Do We Go From here?2015
Biannual MeetingSame Sex Marriage and Kim Davis2015
Continuing Legal Education CoursePrimary Speaker--Family Law Update2014
Video presentationCollaborative Divorce2013
Pupilage Group PresentationRound Table Discussion on Collaborative v. Traditional Divorce Models2013
Video presentationCollaborative Law: What you need to know2012