Rene Heinrich

Rene Heinrich

Council Member

Rene Heinrich is a 2000 graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and a 1995 Honors graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, holding degrees in English, Speech and Theater.  Born in Rosenheim, Germany and fluent in conversational German, Rene’s childhood was primarily in Mt. Sterling and Richmond, Kentucky.  Following college, Rene worked at the Cincinnati Ballet Company and New York Stage and Film.  After entering law school, Rene assistant-directed the Drama Desk, Pulitzer Prize and Tony-award winning Broadway production of Side Man that turned out to be Rene's last professional job in the theater.  She is licensed to practice law in all courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In our home of Highland Heights, Rene has served multiple terms as a Council Member, and as a Member of the Planning and Zoning, Board of Adjustments, and several Comprehensive Plan Committees.  Rene, along with the Mayor and Council, was instrumental in: NKU joining the City, the building our new City Building, Highland Heights’ hiring of an economic development professional and the hiring of our new city manager, Michael Giffen.  Rene also has worked on committees in the hiring of our current Chief of Police, the development of TIFF districts in the Highland Heights, and passing measures for bonds to allow us to build our new Public Works facility.

As an experienced family law attorney, Rene’s day job consists of representing families through divorce, custody, adoption, and child protective cases.  A long-time advocate for children, she has represented over two-thousand of our most vulnerable citizens through her Guardian Ad Litem roles in Kenton and Campbell counties. Rene also represents victims of sexual and other abuse/neglect situations, including those occurring in nursing homes.  She also currently represents James Yates and Will Smith, two men who were denied access to their marriage license by clerk Kim Davis in Rowan County.  Rene previously served as an appointed Administrative Law Judge for the Kentucky Parole Board.

More importantly than all the rest, Rene is happily married to Jack Hering and together they have raised four daughters to adulthood and have two more kids to go! In her spare time, Rene loves to travel, read, and giggle with her granddaughter, Addy.