Partner | Washington, DC
John Hellerman, a perpetual forward thinker, is the 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.
John is a respected thought leader whose expertise spans the communications spectrum, including content strategy, crisis management, public relations, and social media. John has been called a “PR whiz” and “top media relations pro” by Law Practice Management and PRWeek magazines. Recently, John was recognized in The National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers.” In 2008, John was named Agency Executive of the Year by PR News, and under his leadership Hellerman Baretz Communications has been named “Boutique Agency of the Year” and “Small Agency of the Year” by Bulldog Reporter, “Best PR Firm” and “Best Crisis Management Firm” in Washington’s Legal Times, and “Best Crisis Management Firm” and “Best Social Media Consultant” nationally by The National Law Journal.
“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 helps his clients own their markets by consistently providing compelling and innovative ideas and superior strategic advice. John has consulted with management committees and corporate boards around the world on critical communications related to managerial and strategic decisions. With his guidance, law firms and companies have successfully executed multinational mergers, launched multimillion-dollar practices, conducted lucrative expansions, and attracted top lateral talent.
From U.S. Supreme Court cases and congressional investigations to shareholder suits and international trade disputes, John has worked with nearly every major media outlet, including "60 Minutes" and "Nightline," and has advised numerous lawyers and their clients on effective ways to manage their corporate communications and high-stakes litigation public relations needs.
John is treasurer of Temple Sinai and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sheridan School in Washington. He is a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a member of the Legal Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America, the American Society of Trial Consultants, and the American Bar Association. He is an editorial board member of Marketing the Law Firm, publishes frequently, and is a highly sought-after speaker.
In his spare time, John enjoys watching movies, sailing, swimming, and playing tennis with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children.