“John Hellerman has carved a niche for himself as a mastermind behind strategic communications campaigns for some of the world’s top law firms. Providing advice to attorneys on how to manage their high-stakes litigation PR needs, Hellerman’s contributions in the area of legal marketing have sealed his reputation as a superstar in this arena.” – PR News
John Hellerman is a partner and co-founder of Hellerman Baretz Communications, an award-winning corporate communications agency specializing in thought leadership, branded content development, reputation management, and revenue growth for the world's leading law, consulting, healthcare, and financial services firms.
Named 2008 Agency Executive of the Year by PR News and dubbed a "PR whiz" and "top media relations pro" by Law Practice Management and PRWeek magazines respectively, John has placed stories in virtually every major media outlet including 60 Minutes and Nightline, as well as dozens of key business trade publications, and is a well-respected thought leader who helps his clients own their markets by consistently providing new ideas and superior strategic advice.
John has advised numerous attorneys and executives on effective ways to manage their corporate communications and high-stakes litigation public relations needs. He has planned communications strategies for clients embroiled in Congressional investigations, shareholder suits, numerous intellectual property and product liability cases, international trade disputes, high-profile election contests, international RICO suits, government and NGO scandals, and several landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases, as well as many other matters with corporate reputations at stake.
John’s philosophy at HBC is to become true partners with the firm’s clients. Under his leadership, Hellerman Baretz Communications has been named the “Best Crisis Management Firm” and “Best Social Media Consultant” nationally by the National Law Journal; "Best Law Firm PR Firm" in the National Law Journal's "Best of Chicago;" “Best Boutique Specialty PR Agency of the Year” by Bulldog Reporter; and “Top Five Boutique PR Agency of the Year” by PRWeek.
John is a member of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC), and the American Bar Association (ABA). He is an editorial board member of Marketing the Law Firm, writes frequently, and is a highly sought-after speaker.