NEW YORK: Spencer Baretz and Cari Brunelle have launched a firm called Baretz+Brunelle after leaving Hellerman Baretz, where they were both partners, earlier this month.
The New York-based firm will counsel law firms, businesses, and public figures, the consultancy said in a statement, adding that it will "pursue an aggressive growth strategy to build out its existing financial services and corporate transactional work."
The agency has also brought on a number of former Hellerman Baretz staffers. John Ford is serving as Baretz+Brunelle’s MD for editorial services, while Jason Milch and Kelsey Nason are also working as MDs. Jennifer Gronwaldt, Molly McLeod, and Zinie Sampson are serving as directors at the firm.
The agency said in a statement that it has brought over Hellerman Baretz clients, including an unnamed global law firm and private equity firm. It has also obtained its work with Bloomberg BNA, which provides content and marketing services to law firms and corporations via its Cross Platform Businesses division, Baretz+Brunelle said in a statement.
Prior to cofounding Hellerman Baretz in 2001, Baretz was an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman and a law clerk for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Brunelle was previously a VP at Jaffe PR, VP for university news services at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a public information officer for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.