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Teresa Heffernan

Section Counsel
Consumer Protection Section

Section number: 614-644-9618

Teresa Heffernan joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2006 and currently serves as Section Counsel in Attorney General Dave Yost’s Consumer Protection Section, where she manages the legal staff caseload and handles a wide variety of cases under Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act and related Ohio and Federal consumer protection laws. Teresa’s experience in consumer protection litigation includes settlement negotiations, discovery and e-discovery, motion practice, trial preparation, trial practice, and multistate matters. Teresa’s multistate experience includes high-profile, multimillion-dollar settlements in cases related to student loans, medical devices, motor vehicles, advertising violations, and credit reporting. 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. Teresa is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and has a bachelors in business administration in marketing from the University of Notre Dame.


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


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2006
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., Marketing, summa cum laude, 2003


  • 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.