James F. Haggerty, President & CEO

JamesFHaggertyJames F. Haggerty, President and CEO of PRCG | Haggerty LLC, is an attorney, author and consultant and with more than twenty-five years of experience in reputation management, crisis and litigation communications and public affairs. With a broad background counseling corporate, nonprofit and individual clients, Jim is frequently called upon as a trusted advisor in all manner of sensitive communications issues.

In the area of litigation communications and similar matters, Jim is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts. Over the years Jim has been involved in numerous high-profile legal disputes, including the some of the largest product liability, intellectual property, antitrust and employment cases in history. His experience includes working for Native Americans in the largest class action lawsuit ever filed against the United States government; representing a New Jersey grandmother in the largest single-family Holocaust restitution claim in history; and representing a minority-owned bank that was unfairly targeted with mortgage fraud allegations by the New York District Attorney. He has also worked on the Jonathan Pollard spy case, Leo Kirch’s long battle against Deutsche Bank over the destruction of Germany’s largest media empire, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike against the commercial advertising industry, and for Consumer Reports in two high-profile defamation cases: the Suzuki Samurai rollover case, and a product disparagement lawsuit brought by The Sharper Image Corporation over the Ionic Breeze air cleaner. He has also worked on numerous matters in the U.S. and globally involving employment discrimination and sexual harassment, product recalls, accidents, workplace violence, government investigations, insider trading and financial fraud.

In May, 2017, Jim has named one of the “50 People Who Changed PR” by PR News magazine for his “pioneering” work on communications and reputation-related aspects of litigation.

Jim’s first book, In The Court of Public Opinion is widely considered the most influential book in the litigation communications field. Now in its second edition, In The Court Of Public Opinion is a groundbreaking look at the use of communications and public opinion strategies during lawsuits. Financial Times, called In The Court of Public Opinion “… the perfect handbook for this age…” The book was also positively featured in publications including The Boston Herald, The New York Law Journal, American Lawyer, Law Society Gazette, The Washington Post, The Holmes Report, PR Week and O’Dwyer’s PR Newsletter.

A prolific writer, Jim’s second book, Chief Crisis Officer: Structure and Leadership for Effective Communications Response (ABA Publishing, 2017) was released in late May 2017.

In 2012 and 2013, Jim was nominated for a Neal Award, considered “the most prestigious editorial award in business-to-business journalism,” for his monthly column in American Lawyer’s Corporate Counsel magazine. He is the only full-time public relations professional ever to be honored in such a manner.

In 2012, Jim was also honored by the Irish Echo, the leading Irish-American newspaper in the United States, as part of the publication’s “Small Business 50.”

In 2015, Jim founded a software start-up, CrisisResponsePro, a subscription portal that brings  an organization’s crisis communications team together and provides the resources for more efficient and effective response. In 2016, CrisisResponsePro was named as one of the Global Top 100 technology startups by Red Herring magazine.

From 1997 to 1999, Jim was a Senior Vice President and the Director of New York Operations for The Kamber Group, at the time one of the largest independent public relations firms in the nation. From 1997-2001, Jim served as Executive Director of the International Lawyers Network (ILN), a worldwide federation of 75 law firms in 60 countries on six continents. He has also worked in public affairs for the City of New York, and for U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Jim holds a B.A. in Political Science and English Literature and Rhetoric from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and studied Law at Fordham University in New York and Stetson University in St. Petersburg, Florida (J.D.). He is admitted to practice Law in New York and Florida, and is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations. Jim’s articles and other writing have appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, Forbes, The National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, Law Practice Management, PR Week and numerous other publications.

Jim can be reached at jhaggerty@prcg.com.