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Risa Heller Communications

Risa Heller Communications

233 Broadway, Suite 2160, New York, NY 10279


[email protected]

Boutique issues management and crisis communications firm based in New York with clients across the globe.

Agency Statement:

Risa Heller Communications (RHC) is a boutique issues management and crisis communications firm based in New York with clients across the globe. RHC proudly works on the front lines of high-profile issues management situations every day. Steeped in crisis communications, we have extensive experience designing and executing strategies that help our clients successfully navigate complicated issues and protect their reputations.

We work with a wide range of clients from high-profile institutions facing a daily onslaught of media attention that need to break through the noise, to technology companies seeking to push back against entrenched interests, to private citizens confronting problems that require narrowly targeted communications and an under-the-radar approach. Our clients value our proactive strategies, thoughtful ideas and straightforward advice on finding the right way to tell their story, advance their business objectives, and protect their brand.

We are adept at seeing around corners, identifying potential problems before they arise, and devising smart, proactive strategies to keep our clients on their front foot. Our work is effective not only because we have excellent relationships with top reporters and understand how news is covered, but because our approach is informed by the ways that personalities and the press influence policymakers, investors, markets and decision making.

Our areas of expertise include: shaping high-profile, front-page news; employment litigation related to sex, race or age discrimination; employment litigation related to wrongful termination and retaliation; shareholder litigation; intellectual property; trusts and estates disputes; executive transitions; internal investigations and problems with workplace culture; labor relations; white collar defense; government and regulatory investigations; Congressional hearing preparation/testimony; and public affairs and issue advocacy.

Risa Heller, CEO; Jennifer Burner Barden, COO; James Yolles, Linden Zakula and Gwen Rocco, mng. dirs.; Carly Holden, sr. VP

Risa Heller Communications in the news with O'Dwyer's:

TLG Cracks Band 1 In Chambers Crisis PR Category

Wed., Jun. 28, 2023

...Trident DMG (Band 2 in 2022 as well) and FTI Consulting (Band 3 last year). Risa Heller Communications and Edelman placed in Band 3, with Band 4 occupied by August Strategic Communications,...

Heller Helped Holmes on NYT Profile

Fri., Jun. 2, 2023

...multiple requests for comment. Heller, former communications director for New York Senator Chuck Schumer, runs Risa Heller Communications . RHC specializes in political and crisis communications to help clients navigate top-tier media and deal...

Chambers Ranks FGS Global Sole Band 1 Nationwide Crisis PR & Comms Firm

Fri., Jul. 1, 2022

...which moved up from Band 3 in 2021. This year’s Band 3 included Reevemark, Risa Heller Communications and Edelman, with Band 4 made up of Abernathy MacGregor, FTI Consulting, Infinite Global,...

Embattled Manhattan DA Turns to Heller

Wed., Jan. 19, 2022 iron things out, and they promised to conduct more "collaborative discussions." Heller, who runs Risa Heller Communications , was communications director for New York Senator Chuck Schumer and ex-Governor David Paterson. The Post...

Kushner Cos. Hires WPP's Finsbury

Tue., Aug. 29, 2017

...worked for 11 years as associate at King & Spalding. Kushner Cos. parted ways with Risa Heller Communications , which is headed by the former aide to New York Senator Chuck Schumer and...

Firms Sue to Block NY PR Diclosure Rule

Wed., Mar. 9, 2016

...for disclosure purposes. The firms -- BerlinRosen Public Affairs, Mercury, November Team, Anat Gerstein and Risa Heller Communications -- filed suit to block the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics from implementing...

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