Zachary Heck

Zachary S. Heck


Zach’s practice focuses on business litigation and privacy law.  Specifically, Zach assists clients in the areas of privacy compliance, defense litigation, class action defense, and guidance in the aftermath of a cybersecurity incident or data breach.  He provides regulatory analysis, risk management, policy development, training, and audits.  Zach speaks and writes frequently on cutting-edge data privacy and cyber security issues. Zach is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the field of United States laws and regulations.  Our clients benefit from Zach’s ability to find creative solutions to nuanced problems, as well as his dedicated work ethic and commitment to meeting each client’s particular needs.

Areas of Practice

Privacy & Information Security Law

  • Breach Response
  • Information Governance
  • Compliance
  • FCRA Defense Litigation
  • Class Action Defense Litigation
  • Social Media
  • Business Litigation


Supreme Court of Ohio

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Awards and Honors

2017 Wright State University College of Engineering & Computer Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty

Dayton Bar Association Leadership Development Program

Order of the Barrister

Order of the Coif

CALI Excellence for the Future Award

Memberships and Affiliations

Wright State University

  • Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity Law

International Association of Privacy Professionals

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional: U.S. Laws & Regulations
  • Co-Chair, Cincinnati IAPP KnowledgeNet

Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter

  • Chair, Communications Committee

Dayton Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 2014

  • Full tuition academic scholarship
  • Indiana Law Journal – Managing Editor
  • Sherman Minton Moot Court Executive Board – Problem Co-Author
  • Jessup International Moot Court Cup Team
  • ABA Mock Trial Team
  • Law Clerk for Judge Dennis Adkins, Dayton, OH

University of Dayton – BA, Philosophy & English (Majors), Sociology & Religious Studies (Minors), magna cum laude, 2011

  • Full tuition academic scholarship
  • John W. Berry Scholars Program
  • Academic Affairs Committee
  • Phi Sigma Tau – President
  • Sigma Tau Delta

Community Involvement

Centerville High School

  • Legal Advisor for Mock Trial Team

Publications and Presentations

Presentation, “With Great Data Comes Great Responsibility: Biometrics, Security, and the Importance of Privacy Impact Assessments,” University of Dayton Program in Law & Technology Seminar, June 9, 2017

Publication, “SCOTUS Limits Venue in Patent Suits,” On the Merits (Dayton Federal Bar Association Chapter), Summer 2017

Publication, “Howard Stern & IRS Sued for Invasion of Privacy,” YTL (American Bar Association), May 2017

Presentation, “Data Governance for Inventors:  What’s Your Story?”  Columbus Inventors Network, May 2017

Presentation, “How to Stay Safe in Cyberspace,” Centerville High School, April 2017

Presentation, “Privacy & Security Update: What We Learned in 2016 & What to Know Now,” Dayton Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee, February 2017

Publication, “Catfish Added to the Sea of Litigation,” TYL (American Bar Association), March 2017

Publication, “Cybersecurity Litigation: Searching for a Leg to Stand On” SideBAR (Federal Bar Association), Winter 2017

Publication, “Will the Real Stephen Colbert Please Stand Up?” TYL (American Bar Association), December 2016

Presentation, “Biometrics: With Great Data, Comes Greater Cybersecurity Responsibility,” Northern Kentucky University Cybersecurity Symposium, October 21, 2016

Presentation, “Cybersecurity & Data Governance for Businesses in the Era of the Data Breach,” Washington-Centerville Public Library Business Lunch & Learn, August 3, 2016.

Publication, “Will Virtual Reality Transform Real-World Laws?” TYL (Ameican Bar Association), Summer 2016.

Publication, “Jury of Your Peering? Federal Judge Bars Social Media Investigations to Protect Juror Privacy,” On the Merits (Dayton Federal Bar Association Chapter), Summer 2016

Presentation, “The New Normal of Data Governance,” Dayton Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee, April 28, 2016 (co-presenter)

Presentation, “Eye in the Sky/Cloud: Privacy Law Forecast for 2016,” Wright State University Undergraduate Cyber Course, January 2016

Presentation, “Sweet Tweets: A Guide to Ethical Social Media Use for the 21st Century IP Attorney,” Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association, December 2015

Publication, “Protection or Profit? Calls for Civil Forfeiture Reform Grow,” On the Merits (Dayton FBA), Summer 2015

Publication, “What if My Firm Breaks Up? To Whom Do Our Clients Belong?” (American Bar Association), Spring 2014

Publication, “How to Get Started on Twitter,” TYL (American Bar Association), Fall 2013

Publication (Co-Author), “Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition 2013-14 Problem,” Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Fall 2013

FIC Blog

Zachary S. Heck, Esq., CIPP/US
(937) 227-9913

Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.
110 North Main Street
Suite 1600
Dayton, OH  45402-1818


Administrative Assistant
Nancy R. Carr
(937) 227-9900