Heckman & O"Connor

Heckman & O"Connor

Among the oldest law firms in the Vail Valley, Heckman & O'Connor represents clients throughout the Western Slope in Eagle, Summit, Garfield and Pitkin counties and offers a wealth of knowledge based on 50 years of combined legal experience.

Firm Overview

As a result of a longstanding presence, the attorneys and staff at Heckman & O'Connor have developed extensive ties among the legal community in Colorado's mountain resorts. The firm handles the legal affairs of Vail Valley locals, visitors and second homeowners with a focus on construction and real estate law, civil litigation and criminal defense. Increasingly, recreational law has also become an area of emphasis. Heckman & O'Connor is reputed for high-profile civil and criminal cases.

Main Office

Main Office
97 Main Street, Suite W204, W-206
Edwards, CO 81632





Criminal Defense

Estate Planning

Brett Steven Heckman

Heckman & O"Connor


Born: Bethesda, Maryland, December 1, 1954

Education: St. Lawrence University, B.A., 1976, University of Denver, J.D., 1985

Practice Areas: Trial Practice; Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice; Juvenile Law; Criminal Defense; Construction Defect Litigation; Recreational Law; Dental Malpractice; Insurance Defense; Real Estate; Personal Injury

Membership: Colorado Bar Association; Continental Divide Bar Association; National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Admissions: 1985, Colorado; 1987, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 1991, U.S. Court of Claims; 1994, Washington and U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

Reported Cases: Cowin & Co. v. Medina, 860 P.2d 535 (Colo. App. 1992); Newport Pacific Capital v. Waste, 878 P.2d 136 (Colo. App. 1994); Cuny v. Vail Associates, Inc., 902 P.2d 881(Colo. App. 1995); People v. Licea, 918 P.2d 1109 (Colo. 1996); Bonser v. Shainholtz, 983 P.2d 162 (Colo. App. 1999); People v. Hall, 999 P.2d 207 (Colo. 2000); Bonser v. Shainholtz, 3 P.3d 422 (Colo. 2000); Douglas Lumber Co. v. Schneider, 2005 CA 1154 (Colo. App. 2006).

Miscellaneous Information: Member, University of Denver Law Review, 1982-1983. Author: "Principle and Law of Colorado's Nontributary Ground Water," Denver University Law Review, 1985. Awards: Northwest Colorado Legal Project Pro Bono Award, 1998-2006. Listed, Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2007.


Brett Steven Heckman was born in Bethesda, Maryland December 1, 1954. He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1985. Mr. Heckman is also admitted to the Washington Bar, the United States District Court in Denver and Nebraska, and the United States Court of Claims. He is a member and graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Heckman has represented Vail Valley banks, real estate and construction businesses and condominium associations for more than 20 years. As a result of longstanding ties to this mountain community, Mr. Heckman's practice also focuses on representing individual clients in disputes with insurance carriers and other business entities.


University of Denver
Juris Doctorate, 1985

Terrence Patrick O'Connor

Heckman & O"Connor


Born: Little Rock, Arkansas, December 31, 1951

Education: University of Kentucky, B.A., 1973, University of Louisville School of Law, J.D., 1977

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense

Admissions: 1977, Kentucky; 1979, Colorado

Reported Cases: People v. Cervantes-Arredondo, 17 P.3d 141 (Colo. 2001); People v, Poirez, 904 P.2s 880 (Colo. 1995).


Terrence O'Connor began his practice in the Vail Valley in 1979. Mr. O'Connor was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, December 31, 1951, and was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1977 and the Colorado Bar in 1979. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky.

Since 1979, Mr. O'Connor has practiced criminal defense in the United States District Court, Denver, Colorado; Colorado district and county courts in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Garfield Counties; and Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen municipal courts. Mr. O'Connor is among the few Western Slope attorneys who have been approved by the State of Colorado as Alternative Defense Counsel in capital offense cases.


University of Louisville School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1977