George G. Rasky, founding partner
Born in Dearborn, Michigan, 1962. A.D. with Honors, 1983 Henry Ford Community College; B.A. with Honors, 1986 Michigan State University; J.D. with High Honors, 1989 Florida State University. Admitted to Florida Bar 1989. Licensed to practice law in all state and appellate courts in Florida, and in the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1980-1986. Mr. Rasky has practiced insurance defense litigation since 1990.
Jessica M. Bowen-Hentges
Trial Attorney with 12+ plus years of litigation (and jury trial) experience in North Florida defending personal injury auto accident cases in both state and Federal Court. Has tried numerous cases before juries in both State and Federal Court in the last decade. Regularly conducts Examinations Under Oath (EUO's) and aids in evaluation and investigation of claims from inception through litigation and Judgment, as necessary. Also handles court approval of minor settlements and/or guardianships for the settlement property of minors related to their injury claims. Admitted to practice in Federal Court in both the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. Born in Miami, FL 1983. B.S. in Finance from Florida State University in 2004, Degree-in-Three program. Graduated early from FSU College of Law, December 2007; Former Intramural Chair and a Coach of the FSU Mock Trial Team; Regional Champion as a law student – ABA Labor & Employment Law Mock Trial Competition 2007; Former Vice President Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Mason Ladd Inn. Admitted to the Florida Bar 2008. Prior to law school, Mrs. Bowen-Hentges worked at the corporate headquarters of a Florida-based P & C insurance and insurance management company as a part of its claims-finance teams. She brings a focused, detailed, and analytic approach to evaluating and handling cases on behalf of her clients and insurers alike. All of our attorneys are highly accessible so please call or email at any time. Ms. Bowen-Hentges was recently Board Certified as a Civil Trial attorney.
Peter R. Chechanover
Born in Danbury, Connecticut. B.A. in History and Political Science, 2016 (FSU); J.D., 2019 (FSU). Admitted to Florida Bar 2019. Mr. Chechanover competed as a member of the FSU College of Law Trial team while in law school and worked on the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. Won best advocate at the statewide Florida Justice Association (FJA) competition, as a defense counsel in a hit-and-run accident mock trial. Mr. Chechanover also advocated in the first ever Martin Luther King Trial Competition. As an active member in the Stafford Inn of Court, he volunteered with Operation Barbecue Rescue to feed first responders and victims of hurricane Michael. The FSU College of Law, Class of 2019, awarded Mr. Chechanover for upholding the highest level of professionalism among his peers. He looks forward to advocating here with his fellow trial lawyers at Heath & Rasky, P.A.
Ms. Merribeth (Beth) Bohanan was born in Arlington, VA. Raised in Columbia, MD in the first planned city in the United States located in between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She was professionally trained as a dancer/actor appearing in productions throughout the Baltimore/Washington corridor. Her academic achievements include: A.A. with Honors, 1991 Catonsville Community College; B.A. with Honors, 1995 Chico State University; J.D., 1999 Boston University School of Law. Admitted to Florida Bar 2000. Licensed to practice law in all state and appellate courts in Florida, and in the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. After graduating from law school, she was awarded a National Association of Public Interest Law Fellowship to create affordable housing in Gadsden, Gulf, and Franklin counties in Northern Florida. When the Fellowship ended, she became a Public Defender in Leon County where she defended clients rights for over ten years. Ms. Bohanan then held positions as Assistant General Counsel and Deputy Chief Attorney for the State of Florida at the Department of Financial Services and the Department of Business and Professional Responsibility. Ms. Bohanan is accessible and willing to listen in order to employ creative resolutions to resolve cases.
James M. Dafonte
Born and raised in Florida, James earned his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Florida. James went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, before being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2016. James brings a broadrange of legal experience to the firm, having previously practiced in the areas of automobile negligence, premises liability, construction defect litigation, workers’ compensation, real estate, business law, probate, tax, and trusts and estates. James works diligently to obtain the best results for his clients.