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.

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Zachary S. Heck, Esq., CIPP/US

(937) 227-9913

110 N. Main St., Suite 1600
Dayton, OH 45402-1818

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Privacy & Information Security Law


Breach Response


Information Governance



FCRA Defense Litigation


Class Action Defense Litigation


Social Media


Business Litigation

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Supreme Court of Ohio


United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Dayton Bar Association’s Rising Star of the Bar, April 2018


40 Under 40 Award, Dayton Business Journal Class of 2018


2018 Citizen Advocate Award, Centerville Education Foundation Hall of Fame


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

Wright State University – Adjunct Professor of Cybersecurity Law


International Association of Privacy Professionals – Certified Information Privacy Professional: U.S. Laws & Regulations


IAPP KnowledgeNet – Co-Chair, Cincinnati (2016-19)

Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter – Chair, Communications Committee


Dayton Bar Association – Co-Chair DBA Editorial Board


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

Centerville High School

Legal Advisor for Mock Trial Team

Publication, “A Litigator’s Primer on European Union and American Privacy Laws and Regulations,” American Bar Association Litigation Journal, Winter 2018


Publication, “SEC Warns Celebrities About Cryptocurrency Endorcements,” TYL (American Bar Association), February 2, 2018


Presentation, “Data Governance Basics for IP Lawyers,” Dayton Bar Association Intellectual Property Seminar, December 21, 2017


Presentation (Moderator), “Data Breach and Cybersecurity Summit,” Ohio State Bar Association, December 11, 2017


Interviewed in “Net Neutrality Vote Pending,” WDTN 2 News, November 27, 2017


Presentation, “Data Governance for Law Firms,” Dayton Chancery Club, November 17, 2017


Publication, “HBO Refuses to Bend the Knee During Data Breach,” American Bar Association, November 2017


Presentation, “Anatomy of a Data Breach:  Lessons Learned from Equifax,” Dayton Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee, October 26, 2017


Presentation, “Biometrics & The Importance of Privacy Impact Assessments:  What We Can Do Better,” Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, October 19, 2017


Presentation, “Virtual Reality:  Altering the Way We Look at Data Governance & Privacy Impact Assessments,” Northern Kentucky University Cybersecurity Symposium, October 13, 2017


Interviewed in “How to Spot and Prevent Cyberbullying:  Twitter Q&A”, PBS NewsHour, July 12, 2017


Quoted in “Can You Record Fireworks with a Drone?”  Consumer Reports, July 1, 2017


Interviewed in “Privacy Law with Zach Heck — Is CIPP/US Certification Worth it?”  Law School Strategy, June 21, 2017


Interviewed in “Local Experts Say Massachusetts Court Ruling Sends Message About Cyberbullying,” Fox 45-ABC 22 Dayton News Affiliates (June 16, 2017)


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.

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


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