Richard K. Hellerman
Mr. Hellerman has been practicing law since 1987. He is a seasoned litigator, having tried more than 30 cases before both juries and judges in State and Federal courts in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and New York. He also has more than 10 reported appellate decisions to his name, making law in such important areas as corporate successor liability and the rights of banks in enforcing promissory notes. He concentrates his practice in business and commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on emergent litigation arising out of restrictive covenants, disputes between owners of small businesses and disputes between businesses.
Over his career, he has represented Fortune 500 companies, family-owned businesses, manufacturers, retailers, physicians, hospitals and individuals in protecting, defending and enforcing their rights. A staunch advocate for his clients, he always stands ready to aggressively take any lawsuit to trial and judgment or verdict, but he also understands the importance of counseling his clients and collaborating with them to embark on strategies to avoid litigation. Most importantly, he listens to his clients' needs and desires, helping them to reach their goals in the most effective, efficient manner possible.
In 2005, Mr. Hellerman was honored with the Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award after he successfully defended a client in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on a pro bono basis against claims of fraud and fraudulent conveyance. The trial judge nominated Mr. Hellerman for this award, citing Mr. Hellerman's committment to both the practice and to his client's interests.
Mr. Hellerman graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1984 and received his Juris Doctor degree, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law in 1987. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and lives in the northern suburbs with his wife and two children.