An experienced and accomplished legal advocate, Benjamin L. Luftman is a founding partner at Luftman, Heck & Associates and has practiced law for thirteen years. His sole practice areas are in criminal law and traffic violations, having represented clients in cases ranging from the most serious felonies to minor traffic offenses, with a particular concentration in the area of Ohio OVI law.
In every case he takes on, Benjamin never hesitates to devote himself fully to his clients, and his dedication and attention to detail have helped to grow Luftman, Heck & Associates from a fledgling firm into the accomplished one it is today. As an example, all of Benjamin’s clients have his cell phone number and can reach him directly with a question or concern.
Growing up in nearby Bexley, Ohio, Mr. Luftman took an early interest in sports, running track and playing soccer at Bexley High School, where he graduated in 1996. Enrolling at The Ohio State University, he majored in History with a concentration on Renaissance Italy and graduated in 2000. Finally finishing his education with a Juris Doctorate in Law at Capital University in 2003, he began practicing law and founded Luftman, Heck & Associates the same year.
When not in court, Benjamin regularly speaks about OVI / DUI law at Certified Driver Intervention programs throughout central Ohio. There he’ll talk about topics like which breathalyzer machines are most accurate, what to expect with standardized field sobriety tests and the proper procedure to follow if you find yourself pulled over for driving over the limit.
Benjamin has also been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for completing the same training required by police officers to conduct the roadside standardized field sobriety tests.
Mr. Luftman co-authored a chapter titled, “Proven Strategies to Effectively Assert Your Client’s Fourth Amendment Rights” in The Legality of Search and Seizure in DUI Cases, 2011 ed. ,a nationally published DUI book to assist defense attorneys across the country in their DUI cases. Mr. Luftman’s author link can be viewed here.
In 2015, Mr. Luftman authored a chapter titled, “Using The SFST Results to Develop Successful Defenses in a DUI Case” in Trends in DUI Discovery, 2015 ed., a nationally published DUI book to assist defense attorneys across the country in their DUI cases. Mr. Luftman’s author link can be viewed here
On the radio, he’s appeared on “Auto Smarts 4 U” as a featured speaker on the topic of OVI / DUI law.
Charitable giving is very important to Benjamin; he regularly volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters or the Special Olympics. At other times, you can find him playing basketball, tennis, racquetball or soccer, or watching OSU football or basketball.
Accomplishments 2015 America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 5% Avvo 10.0 Rating – Top Criminal Defense Attorney Recognized as a 2014 top lawyer in Central Ohio in the areas of criminal defense and OVI / DUI by Columbus CEO Magazine 2010, 2011 & 2013 Super Lawyers Ohio Rising Star Attorney Only OVI / DUI law attorney selected as 2010 Super Lawyer Rising Star Attorney for the State of Ohio Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney Rating 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated Attorney 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award 2013 Lead Counsel Rated Attorney National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certification for completing roadside standardized field sobriety test training Columbus Bar Association’s ColumbusLawyerFinder.com Lawyer of the Day, February 2, 2010 Co-authored jury instruction on vehicular vandalism that was adopted by the Ohio State Bar Association Jury Instructions Committee and is now used by courts throughout the state Authored a chapter titled, “Using The SFST Results to Develop Successful Defenses in a DUI Case” in Trends in DUI Discovery, 2015 ed., a nationally published book to assist defense attorneys across the country in their DUI cases
Admissions Ohio U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Education Ohio J.D., Capital University Law School, 2003 B.A., History, The Ohio State University, 2000
Classes / seminars taught OVI / DUI Law, Dublin Counseling Center Certified Driver Intervention Program OVI / DUI Law, Mount Carmel Certified Driver Intervention Program OVI / DUI Law, Parkside Behavioral Healthcare Certified Driver Intervention Program OVI / DUI Law, Wellness Group Certified Driver Intervention Program OVI / DUI Law, Pathways Certified Driver Intervention Program OVI / DUI Law, Maryhaven Certified Driver Intervention Program Defending Clients Charged with OVI Seminar, Muskingum County Bar Association Guest lecturer at Capital University Law School Guest Speaker at Phi Kappa Psi – The Ohio State University
Professional Memberships American Bar Association Ohio State Bar Association Columbus Bar Association Ohio Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers Ohio State Bar Association Jury Instructions Committee Wellness Driver Intervention Program Advisory Board