At Stephen E. Heretick, P.C., we’ve got your back through tough times.
Our practice is built on a solid foundation: integrity and service. Stephen Her has held the rating of “Distinguished- Very Ethical” by the Martindale-Hubbell Directory continuously since 2006, and was rated by the Virginia State Bar Committee on Judicial Evaluations as Qualified for appointment to the federal bench in 2013.
Stephen E. (“Steve”) Heretick is a native of Hopewell, Virginia. He attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology. Steve was subsequently selected for a dual doctoral program (J.D./Ph.D.) administered jointly by Hahnemann University Medical School and the VillanovaUniversity Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1988.
Steve joined Criminal Division of the United States Department
of Justice, and graduated from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, in 1991. He received a Special Act Award from the Justice Department later that year. Steve was nominated as the Federal Bureau of Prisons Attorney of the Year in 1991, and was nominated as United States Department of Justice Attorney of the Year in 1992. He was awarded the Justice Department Award for Public Service in 1992.
Steve left federal service in 1992, and served as a principal litigator in two law firms before forming his present practice. As lead counsel in a series of multi-plaintiff landmark transportation cases, Steve was personally featured on “How Safe The Rails?”, a segment of Investigative Reports by Bill Kurtis Productions, and on the ABC Evening Newswith Peter Jennings. Steve founded his present practice in 2000, concentrating in corporate and commercial litigation, secured transactions, intellectual property, labor litigation, and select personal injury representation for both plaintiffs and defendants, representing regional, national, and international clients in state and federal courts throughout Virginia. Steve has held the rating of “Distinguished- Very Ethical” by the Martindale-Hubbell Directory continuously since 2006, and was rated by the Virginia State Bar Committee on Judicial Evaluations as Qualified for appointment to the federal bench in 2013.
Steve was elected to serve on the Portsmouth City Council from 2004 through 2012, during which time he served as the city’s liaison to the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the Portsmouth Economic Development Authority, the Hampton Roads Sports Authority, among others.
Steve was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in 2015 to represent the 79th House District of Virginia, which includes portions of Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth. He served until 2021.
Steve is married to Stephanie von Schaaf of Walton, New York, and they have one son, Stephenson. In rare time off, Steve enjoys fishing with his son and travel.