J. Jason Heinze
Attorney at Law
Law is actually my second career. When I applied to law school, I had been working for about 5 years as an architectural designer. Despite my success — I had gotten my dream job at a Boston architecture firm that designs award-winning projects all over the world —something was missing. What was missing became clearer through a number of conversations I had around that time with my late father-in-law, who was always eager to talk about his legal work representing disabled people. A lot of the legal issues went over my head at the time but I was struck by how much he cared about his clients -- and by how much of a difference he made in their lives. I began working as a paralegal in his disability firm during law school and ultimately took it over when I graduated. Since that time, it has been my pleasure and my privilege to help people during a time when they're more vulnerable than they ever imagined they would be. The work is demanding (and often frustrating) but I feel fortunate to be able to use my abilities to help my clients so directly. The satisfaction I routinely feel when advocating for my clients is better than any of my best days in architecture. When I'm not working, the thing I enjoy most is being outside trying to capture Maine's uniquely beautiful landscapes in oil paint.
I truly care about the people I represent and help them seek the treatment and benefits they need to move forward.