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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. His practice is described in detail at his firm's website at  Visit us there for much more information and help and to e-mail Jeff about your case.


Jeff 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 nearly 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 has served various leadership roles including Board Vice President and is now serving his fourth elected term as a Board member. 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 and recently completed 22 years as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association's Council of Delegates. He has also served on numerous OSBA committees and task forces. He also previously served on the Executive Committee of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys. He is currently a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the and Richland County Bar Associations, the Florida Bar and 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.


Jeff and his wife, Donna (Office Manager/CFO of The Heck Law Offices), make their home in the Mansfield area. They have 6 children.


Jeff's Areas of Practice are:

  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • 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

    • With Honors

  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association, 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

  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Past Member and Board Member

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


Pro Bono Activities

  • Member and Vice President, Lexington Local Schools Board of Education

  • Trustee and Secretary, Richland County Foundation

  • Board Member and President, Rehabilitation Service of North Central Ohio

  • Board Member and Chairman, Renaissance Performing Arts Association

  • Board Member and Officer, Mansfield Symphony Society

  • Board Member and President, University Club of Mansfield

  • Board Member and 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 Lawyer's Program    


Photos and videos

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Contact info

The Heck Law Offices, Ltd.

One Marion Avenue
Suite 215
Mansfield, OH, 44903-7906

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 65%
    28 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 15%
    28 years
  3. Employment: 10%
    31 years
  4. Medical Malpractice: 10%
    28 years



Contingent (33%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • John Karl Rinehardt

    Jeff is a hard working attorney dedicated to helping his clients.


    John Rinehardt Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Judd S Nemiro

    This lawyer truly cares about clients and helping others. I endorse this lawyer.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Other


FLAdministrative - Not Authorized to Practice198506/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Distinguished Service AwardOhio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys2002
Most Valuable PlayerRehabilitation Services of North Central Ohio1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member, Board of EducationLexington Local Schools2002 - Present
Volunteer MediatorRichland County Common Pleas Court1991 - 2001
PartnerBrown, Bemiller, Murray, McIntyre, Vetter & Heck, LLP1988 - 2008
AssociateCarlton Fields1985 - 1988
Pro Bono AttorneyBay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Florida BarMember1985 - Present
Lexington Local Schools Board of EducationVice President2004 - 2014
Richland County Bar AssociationSecretary1999 - 2004
Richland County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee Member1999 - 2004
Richland County Bar AssociationGrievance Trial Counsel Chairman1999 - 2008
Ohio State Bar AssociationTask Force Member, Ohio Courts Future1999 - 2002
Ohio State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors, Litigation Section1998 - 2003
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysExecutive Committee Member1997 - 2002
Ohio Association of Trial LawyersChairman, Program Committee1996 - 1997
Ohio State Bar AssociationTask Force Member, Sexual Harassment1996 - 1998
Richland County Bar AssociationMock Trial Program Judge1995 - 1998
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysProgram Moderator1995 - 1996
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysChair, Insurance Relations Committee1994 - 1995
Association of Defense Trial AttorneysMember1993 - 2008
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember, Federal Courts and Practice Committee1992 - 1997
Ohio State Bar AssociationCouncil of Delegates Member1992 - 2014
Richland County Bar AssociationGrievance Committee Member1991 - 1994
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysDistrict Director1990 - 2002
Defense Research InstituteMember1989 - 2005
Richland County Bar AssociationLaw Week Volunteer1989 - 1995
Ohio State Bar AssociationNegligence Law Committee Member1988 - 2004
Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysMember1988 - 2007
Florida BarTrial Lawyers Section Member1986 - 1989
Florida BarLabor & Employment Section Member1986 - 1989
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1985 - 1988
American Bar AssociationMember, Labor & Employment Section1985 - 1989
American Bar AssociationMember, Litigation Section1985 - 1989
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - 1989
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Yockey v. Best Buy Co., Inc.,For Plaintiff
Richland Cty. Bar Assn. v. BrickleyFor Bar Association
Stearns Lehman, Inc. v. Davis ExcavatingIn favor of plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
NPELRA JournalAIDS AND THE EMPLOYMENT PROCESS: Employment Issues Raised by AIDS in the Workplace.1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Ohio State UniversityForest Industries ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ConferenceThe Americans with Disabilities Act: Issues in the Workplace2005
MeetingTort Reform: A Defense Perspective2004
ClassThe Legal System – Practical Issues and Perspectives2003
MeetingLiving Wills and Health Care Powers of Attorney1994
WorkshopThe Americans With Disabilities Act: An Overview for Employers1992
Monthly MeetingUsing Public Records In Handling Claims1992
Annual MeetingSexual Harassment in the Workplace1992
SeminarCredit and Collections for Small Businesses1991
MeetingSexual Harassment in the Workplace1991
SeminarPitfalls for Employers in the 90's1990
Medical Issues Facing Judges In The 80's and 90'sAIDS In The Workplace1988
Immigration Reform: New Obligations for All EmployersImmigration Reform in The Workplace1987
Annual ConferenceAIDS and the Public Sector Employer1987