David J. Hessler

David J. Hessler

Partner Emeritus


Professional Experience

For over 50 years, David J. Hessler has counseled and guided individuals and companies through complex and often challenging issues involving regulatory matters, succession planning, dispute resolution, and the preservation of wealth. David is also a trusted advisor to non-profit organizations dedicated to religious, charitable, educational and medical services.

As Senior Partner Emeritus at Wegman Hessler, David offers unwavering support and rich experience to each member of the firm.  When not at the firm, David devotes much of his time to serving various charitable organizations throughout northeastern Ohio.


  • State of Ohio, 1968
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1970
  • United States Supreme Court, 1983

Memberships / Honors / Awards

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Past Chair and Member, Board of Directors, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
  • Past Chair and Member, Board of Directors, Lutheran Medical Center and Fairview General Hospital
  • 2010 recipient Lumen Christi award for Distinguished Service, Valparaiso University
  • 1993 recipient of the Outstanding Lutheran School Leadership Award presented by the Cleveland Lutheran Educational Endowment Foundation (CLEEF)
  • 1993 Graduate of Leadership Cleveland
  • 1990 Lutheran Medical Center Foundation “Man of the Year”
  • 1989 Outstanding Hospital Trustee Award by the Health Trustee Institute
  • 1988 Lutheran Volunteer of the Year by the Lutheran Council of Greater Cleveland
  • Life member, Eighth Appellate Judicial Conference
  • Martindale Hubbell’s Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, A-V


  • J.D., Valparaiso University, 1968
  • B.A., Valparaiso University, 1965

Publications / Presentations