About The Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (O.P.B.A)

The Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (O.P.B.A) represents police departments  and law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio including ranking officers and chiefs.Membership in the O.P.B.A is limited to duly appointed, sworn police and law enforcement officers, correction officers and dispatchers of governmental or quasi-governmental police departments or police agencies or such retired officers, or dispatchers, located within the State of Ohio. This association exists to provide aid and protection to its members, for the education of its members, for the general welfare of its members and their families and for the betterment of police and people of their communities.

Meet Our Team

Dan Leffler
Dan Leffler Chief of Staff
Daniel Leffler graduated from the University of Akron School of Law in 2003. Prior to law school, Daniel was the past president of the University Heights Fire Fighters IAFF Local 974 where he worked from 1990-2008. He successfully negotiated two collective bargaining agreements and handled the day-to-day activity of IAFF Local 974. Since graduating from law school he has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, processed and arbitrated grievances on behalf of the OPBA and litigated in civil court. From 2003-2008, he continued to work as a Fire Fighter and had a solo practice focusing on employment and labor law from the employee/union perspective. He is familiar with all aspects of the collective bargaining process and public sector labor issues and also issues concerning FMLA and FLSA. Daniel joined the OPBA full-time in 2008 as General Counsel representing approximately 40 bargaining units. In July 2015, he was appointed as Chief of Staff. In addition to being licensed to practice in Ohio, he is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.
Mark Volcheck
Mark VolcheckAttorney
Mark Volcheck is an OPBA attorney in the Columbus office. He has represented the OPBA and its members since 1999 in litigation, contract negotiations, mediation, fact-finding, conciliation, disciplinary matters, grievances, and arbitration. Mark’s administrative practice includes representation before the State Employment Relations Board and State Personnel Board of Review. In addition to being licensed to practice in Ohio, he is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Northern and Southern Divisions, and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Mark received his B.A., summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University, and his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a managing editor of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. Prior to joining the OPBA, Mark worked as an associate at Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli Co. LPA, and served as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office.
Tricia Newcomer
Tricia NewcomerOffice Manager
Trish is the Office Manager at the OPBA and has been a vital part of our operation since 1993. She handles the day to day operations of the office that include bookkeeping, payroll and member services. Trish enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and new dog Izzy. Please feel free to contact her with any membership requests or questions.
Joseph M. Hegedus, Esq.,
Joseph M. Hegedus, Esq.,Attorney
Certified specialist in Labor and Employment Law with twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of litigation and administrative practice concerning labor and employment related matters, including:

Extensive experience in representation of OPBA members and other public sector unions in matters including litigation, arbitration of employment related issues, contract negotiations, civil service appeals, cases relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act, particularly concerning wage and hour issues, interest arbitration, and unfair labor practice matters.

Defense of Civil Rights Litigation including Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Sections 1981 and 1983.

Defense of other discrimination based litigation both in federal and state courts grounded in statutes such as Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title IX and actions based on Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Extensive practice before administrative agencies in Ohio such as State Employment Relations Board, State Personnel Board of Review & Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Yvonne Trevino
Yvonne TrevinoAttorney
Yvonne is an attorney who maintains the Toledo office at the OPBA. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and received her Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Toledo while working as an intern at the Lucas County Common Pleas Court. She then pursued her education and graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2004. While in law school, Yvonne worked as a chief Law Clerk/ Bailiff for the Honorable Mary Grace Trimboli (Retired),of the Toledo Municipal Court. In 2005, she entered into private practice and opened her office in downtown Toledo. In 2013, she was sworn in as an Assistant Deputy Prosecutor in Lake County, Indiana and subsequently returned to Toledo where she was appointed as the Prosecuting Attorney for the Village of Swanton, Ohio appearing in the Eastern District Court, Fulton County, Ohio. Yvonne maintains her private practice downtown Toledo focusing on representing various agencies of the OPBA and their membership.

She is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, Toledo Women’s Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. In addition to her professional affiliation, Yvonne enjoys spending her time volunteering for charitable events, working out and traveling.

Jeff Perry
Jeff PerryBusiness Agent
Jeff is the OPBA’s Business Agent and joined the organization in 1994. He received a degree in Marketing from John Carroll University. With an interest in labor, Jeff went on and further studied at Cleveland State University and obtained his MBA with a concentration in Management and Labor Relations. At the OPBA, Jeff works with various membership groups in the Northern Ohio area. Jeff is married and has two adult children. In his free time he enjoys watching sports, hiking, working out, music and reading.
George Gerken
George GerkenAttorney
George E. Gerken is an independent practitioner working for the OPBA.

George earned his Bachelor of Science degree (Interdepartmental Major in Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology) from the University of Toledo and later his J.D. from the University of Toledo (cum laude) in 1996 while serving as a sergeant on the Toledo Police Department. During George’s career as a police officer, he was a patrol officer, detective and supervisor at the police academy. George also served as president of the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association (TPPA) and as regional vice president of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA – AFL-CIO).

George was admitted to the Ohio Bar in May, 1997 and is admitted to practice before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Federal District Courts of the Northern District of Ohio, and the Southeast district of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals (6th Circuity) in Cincinnati. George has worked as an attorney with AFSCME and different police organizations before associating with the OPBA in 2015. Mr. Gerken services OPBA member units in all areas of labor law as well as acting as a criminal defense attorney for OPBA members who are charged with criminal offenses in the scope of duty.

In his private practice, George works in the areas of Labor Law, Estate Planning/Succession Planning; Criminal Law; Family Law and has served as Special Counsel for Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Community activities are important to George. He has served by appointment of Governor Taft on the Ohio Building Authority. He also served on the Supreme Court of Ohio Client’s Security Fund; the Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline; and on the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, Citizens Advisory Committee.

George is a member of the Ohio Bar Association; the Toledo Bar Association; and has been a member of the Morrison R. Waite Chapter of the American Inns of Court as well as a Wealth Counsel member.

Max Rieker
Max RiekerAttorney
Max Rieker has been in-house counsel for the OPBA since 2009. He provides legal representation to the OPBA’s members including all aspects of collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, civil defense, and administrative litigation. He regularly practices before various tribunals such as the State Employment Relations Board, civil service commissions, arbitrators, trial courts, and appellate courts throughout Ohio. Max holds a B.A from John Carroll University and received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Prior to joining the OPBA, Max worked in the public sector as an adult felony probation officer and as the Judicial Staff Attorney to Judge David T. Matia of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Additionally, he taught various courses at Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University for over eight years. Max is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. He has volunteered his time by serving on the board of directors for multiple charitable organizations, presenting continuing legal education seminars to his fellow attorneys, and working on bar association committees.
Andy Douglas
Andy DouglasCounsel to the Board
Andrea Rocco
Andrea RoccoAttorney
Andrea F. Rocco has spent her 24-year career as an attorney dedicated to public service, public education, justice and fair and transparent government. Her legal experience reaches across local, state and federal courts. As the first female Clerk of Courts for Cuyahoga County, Rocco established long-needed reforms in the Office of the Clerk of Courts that emphasized efficiency, transparency and public access and accountability and returned millions of dollars to taxpayers.
In the two years she served as clerk, public records were available to the public, electronic filing was implemented, $20 million was returned to taxpayers and public entities. Rocco, along with Cuyahoga Council, implemented a program to collect delinquent court costs that captured nearly $1.5 million in less than two years. While at the County, Rocco along with the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and the Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association, created the first-ever countywide Guidelines for a Sexual Assault Investigation and was a member of the districtwide Heroin Initiative Task Force led by the United States District Attorney.
Rocco has spent a good portion of her career serving the City of Westlake, where she lives with her husband and two children. She was elected multiple times to the Westlake Board of Education, serving as its president and vice president and volunteered as a community magistrate. Rocco previously worked as a City of Westlake Prosecutor/Assistant Law Director. She is a founding member of WIN (Women Involved Now), a non-partisan organization aimed at encouraging and supporting women who run for elected office.
Her legal experience also includes time as an assistant prosecutor for Lake County and an assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio, practicing in state and federal courts.
Rocco’s proven leadership skills date back to her days at Ohio University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Communications and Public Relations before attending law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. At OU, Rocco was a member and officer of Mortar Board, an ambassador to the President and an officer in her sorority and student-alumni group. Upon graduation she was one of five students selected and awarded the Campus Wide Outstanding Senior Award and the Alumni Board Scholar-Leader Award.
Randall Weltman
Randall WeltmanAttorney
Randy is the OPBA’s most senior attorney as he has been representing the OPBA since 1989. During that time the OPBA has grown from a small group of bargaining units in the Cleveland area to over 7,000 members across the entire State of Ohio.

Randy provides day to day advice to the OPBA, its Directors and its members and on many occasions has spoken on behalf of the OPBA at various educational, legal and political seminars. Since 2005, his peers have nominated him to appear in the Martindale Hubbell Attorney Directory with the distinction of having an “AV” rating, the highest rating given to an attorney for professional excellence and integrity.

A native Texan Randy obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.He earned a Masters degree in Labor and Industrial Relations at Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Akron.

Tom Austin
Tom Austin