Stephen J. Herman is a partner of Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, LLP, as well as the national firm of Herman Gerel, LLP, with central offices in Atlanta, GA. After receiving a BA from Dartmouth College, Mr. Herman attended Tulane Law School, where he was admitted to the Order of the Coif, and graduated magna cum laude in 1994. He then spent a year clerking for Justice Harry T. Lemmon of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Developing a broad civil practice, Mr. Herman has handled everything from highway defect and products liability cases, to fire and flood loss cases, to attorney fee disputes and employment cases, to special appellate work before the Louisiana Supreme Court and other courts of appeal. In addition to the favorable resolution of two significant workplace explosion cases, Mr. Herman has dedicated a significant part of his practice to Tobacco Litigation and ERISA cases on behalf of physicians, consumers, unions and the sponsors of welfare benefit plans against the managed care and PBM industries. He is currently focusing on commercial, class action, insurance coverage and professional liability cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
In 2008, Mr. Herman was selected to serve as a Hearing Officer for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.
Mr. Herman is the author of America and the Law: Challenges for the 21st Century, first published by Austin & Winfield in 1998 and now available from Gravier House Press. He served as the President of the Civil Justice Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to the support of grassroots organizations dedicated to consumer injury prevention, public safety protection, and constitutional right-to-trial for all Americans. In 2001, he was presented with a special CJF President's Award. That same year, he received the Wiedemann- Wysocki Award from the American Association for Justice. Beginning in 2007 he has been named a Louisiana "Super Lawyer" in class actions and mass tort cases, and was a Finalist for TLPJ Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2005.
An adjunct faculty member teaching complex litigation at Tulane Law School and class actions at the Loyola School of Law, Mr. Herman has given numerous speeches across the country on ethics and professionalism, consumer fraud, tobacco litigation, HMO and managed care litigation, electronic discovery, personal injury law, preemption, spoliation, privilege, subrogation, trial preparation, deposition strategy, motion practice, class actions and complex litigation. His essays have been published in Winning Techniques of Successful Trial Attorneys, Tort Litigation, The Federal Lawyer, Louisiana Advocates, the Australian Products Liability Reporter, TRIAL Magazine and the Tulane Law Review.