- Ohio State Bar Association
- 2012 J.D. Ohio Northern University
- 2008 B.A. Ohio University
Associate attorney Joseph J. Kunkel focuses on criminal law in Columbus and traffic law at Luftman, Heck & Associates. He joined the firm in June 2013 after gaining experience as an associate attorney at Burkett & Sanderson, LLC, in Newark, Ohio, and as a law clerk at Shaw & Miller in Columbus, Ohio.
After graduating from McDonald High School near Youngstown, Ohio, Mr. Kunkel completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. While at OU, he was a Pre-Law, Political Science major, as well as a member of the varsity men’s Track and Cross Country teams. After earning his bachelor’s degree he moved on to law school at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
At ONU, Mr. Kunkel earned a certificate of achievement in the field of criminal law and received first place in the Burke E. Smith mock trial competition. While in law school he completed judicial externships in Van Wert and Franklin Counties, as well as public defender internships at the municipal and federal levels. Mr. Kunkel gained valuable experience at each of these stops doing everything from researching and writing judicial opinions to working in the courtroom representing indigent defendants.