Robert A. Helman: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

Robert A. Helman

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone+1 312 701 7020

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Practice Areas

  • Corporate & Securities
  • Financial Institutions M&A
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Energy
Contact InfoTelephone: +1 312 701 7020
Fax: 312 701 8509
University University of Illinois, 1953; Northwestern University, B.S.L., 1954
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, LL.B., 1956
Admitted1956, Illinois; 1956, US Supreme Court


The Brookings Institution, Emeritus Trustee

Council on Foreign Relations, Member

Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, 1990-1998

Museum of Contemporary Art, Trustee, 1997-2003

Aspen Institute, Trustee, 1986-1992

Citizens Committee on the Juvenile Court of Cook County, Chairman, 1968-1983

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Director, 1991-1992

Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, President, 1973-1975

Northwestern University Law School Visiting Committee, Chairman, 1989-1992

University of Chicago Law School, Visiting Committee, 1996-2002

United Charities of Chicago, Director, 1967-1972

University of Chicago Hospitals, Trustee, 1982-1988

American Bar Association (Chairman, Section of Public Utility Law, 1983-1984)

American Law Institute

Chicago Bar Association

Chicago Council of Lawyers

Member of the Board of Directors of Northern Trust Corporation and The Northern Trust Company, 1986-2006; TC PipeLines GP, Inc., 1999-2004; InfraSource Corp., 2003; Chicago Stock Exchange, 1993-2000; Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Inc., 1998-2003; Zenith Electronics Corporation, 1995-1999; The Horsham Corporation, 1990-1996; Alberta Natural Gas Company, 1993-1996; Southern Pacific Transportation Co., 1987-1988


Robert Helman continues to attract accolades as 'hugely prominent - he has always been a business generator and is extremely well respected in the legal and business community.'

Chambers USA

Robert Helman has practiced law for more than 50 years and has been a partner in Mayer Brown for more than 40 years. He served as Chairman of the firm's Management Committee from 1984 to 1998.

Bob's present practice is primarily in the fields of corporate governance and the legal aspects of strategic corporate issues and transactions. Chambers USA has observed that he continues to attract accolades as 'hugely prominent - he has always been a business generator and is extremely well respected in the legal and business community.' He has served as a director of seven publicly owned companies, including Northern Trust Corporation (1986-2006).

Reflecting his high professional standing, in 2013 Bob was named a Legal Legend by the Chicago lawyers chapter of the American Constitution Society. He has previously received the Justice John Paul Stevens Award of the Chicago Bar Association (2001) and the Learned Hand Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee (1989). In his honor, the firm has established the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professorship at Northwestern University School of Law. Since 2005 Bob has been a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches a seminar on developing law practice skills through the study of national security issues. He has also been a member or trustee of numerous civic and professional organizations, including ones of such national prominence as the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the American Law Institute and the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Bob helped organize, and served as president of, the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. He also served as chairman of the Citizens Committee on the Juvenile Court of Cook County (Illinois) and as chief negotiator (on a pro bono basis) for the City of Chicago on the renewal of the Commonwealth Edison Company electricity franchise. He is the author of numerous articles in legal and trade publications on corporate and public utility matters.


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Robert A. Helman

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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