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Teresa Heffernan

Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection Section

Contact
Section number: 614-644-9618
Teresa.Heffernan@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

Teresa joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2006.  She handles litigation pursuant to the Consumer Sales Practices Act and related Ohio and Federal consumer protection laws. Teresa’s expertise includes the areas of settlement negotiations, discovery, motion practice, trial preparation, trial, appellate work and multistate matters.  Teresa’s multistate experience includes multimillion dollar settlements in cases related to credit reporting, advertising violations, and motor vehicles.  She also focuses on business compliance with advertising laws, especially in a direct mail and internet context and has done extensive work to ensure that motor vehicle dealerships’ advertising and business practices comply with Ohio’s consumer protection laws.  In addition to litigation, Teresa has conducted trainings across the state on a variety of topics, including: auto advertising guidelines, debt collection, and how the Consumer Protection Section works for the consumers of Ohio.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

EDUCATION

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2006
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Moot Court University Award for enhancing the Cincinnati Law School’s national reputation
    • Semi-Finalist, 2006 Whittier Law School Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition
    • Moot Court Executive Board, Rendigs Product Liability Competition Director
    • Moot Court Honor Board
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., Marketing, summa cum laude, 2003

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-Author: “Representing Children with Disabilities: Legal and Ethical Considerations,” Univ. of Nevada Law Review: Special Issue on the Legal Representation of Children, Vol. 6, Spring 2006, Issue 3.
  • Co-Author: “A Parent’s Guide to the Juvenile Justice System.”  Published by the Children’s Law Center, December 2005.
  • Author: “Public Officials’ Response to the Celebratory Riots that Followed the Six Chicago Bulls’ NBA Championships,” Sociological Voices, Univ. of Notre Dame Sociology Journal, Spring 2005.