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Stephen  Herman
Practice Areas:
  • Maritime Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Maritime Accident
  • Complex Litigation

New Orleans Attorney
Stephen Herman

Phone: 504.581.4892


Languages: English

Steve Herman was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he attended Isidore Newman School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, where he was awarded Citations of Excellence in the study of Milton and Shakespeare, and won the Eleanor Frost Playwriting Competition with his one-act play, The Phoenix Sleeps Tonight. Herman was then named Order of the Coif at Tulane Law School, where he graduated, Magna Cum Laude, in 1994.

After graduating from Tulane, Herman clerked for Justice Harry T. Lemmon of the Louisiana Supreme Court. He now practices law in New Orleans, with the firm of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC.

Developing a broad civil practice, 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 2010, he was appointed to serve as one of two Co-Liaison Counsel for all businesses, individuals and local governments in the Deepwater Horizon maritime disaster / BP Oil Spill litigation. His primary focus has been commercial, class action, insurance coverage, and professional liability cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

An adjunct professor teaching complex litigation at both Tulane Law School and the Loyola University School of Law, Mr. Herman has given numerous speeches on consumer fraud, tobacco, maritime, and managed care litigation; complex discovery, electronic discovery, and spoliation; preemption, privilege, trial preparation, deposition strategy, motion practice, legal ethics and professionalism, class actions, and complex litigation. He is a former Southeast Louisiana Legal Services board member, a past president of the Civil Justice Foundation, and spent six years on one of the Hearing Committees appointed by the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.

A fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America, Herman currently serves as the President of the Louisiana Association for Justice, and sits on the boards of the American Association for Justice, the Roscoe Pound Institute, the National College of Advocacy, and the Public Justice Foundation. He has been named in Best Lawyers, Louisiana Super Lawyers, Lawdragon Top 500, National Law Journal Elite, Chambers USA, Who’s Who, was a N.O. City Business Leadership-in-the-Law Recipient in 2010, and was a Finalist for TLPJ Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2005.

Herman maintains a website and blawg for trial lawyers, with periodic updates on Class Actions, Product Liability, Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Spoliation and E-Discovery, the BP Oil Spill Litigation, and ERISA, as well as a section For Trial Lawyers, at

The author of America and the Law: Challenges for the 21st Century, his legal writings have been published in Winning Techniques of Successful Trial Attorneys, Tort Litigation, The Federal Lawyer, the Australian Products Liability Reporter, Sidebar, Louisiana Advocates, TRIAL Magazine and the Tulane Law Review. He has also self-published three novels, The Gordian Knot, The Sign of Four, and A Day in the Life of Timothy Stone.

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Burn Injury
  • Car Accidents
  • Dangerous Products
  • Electrocutions
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Offshore Maritime
  • Contamination
  • Wrongful Death
  • 18 Wheeler Trucking
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • BP Oil Spill Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • HMO Managed Care Litigation
  • Tobacco Litigation
  • Appellate Practice

Court Admissions:

  • State of Louisiana, Supreme Court and all Inferior Courts, 1994.
  • United States District Courts, Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts of Louisiana, 1995.
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995.
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2004.
  • U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009.
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007.


  • Isidore Newman School New Orleans, LA, Board of Regents Scholar, 1987.
  • Dartmouth College Hanover, NH, Bachelor of Arts, 1991.
  • Tulane University School of Law New Orleans, LA, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 1994.

Bar and Trial Associations:

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
    • Fellow, 2015 -
  • American Bar Association, 1994 -
    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation.
    • Member, Labor and Employment Section, 2004 -
    • Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2014 -
    • Member, Litigation Section, 2015 -
  • American Association for Justice, (formerly ATLA), 1995 -
    • Executive Committee, 2011-2012.
    • Board of Trustees, 2014 -
    • State Delegate, Louisiana, 2007 – 2013.
    • Chair, AAJ State Delegates, 2011-2012.
    • National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustess, 2011-
    • Wiedemann-Wysocki Award, 2001, 2011.
    • Heavy Lifting Award, 2012.
    • AAJ Endowment Board, 2010 -
    • “Fellow” – National College of Advocacy.
    • Co-Chair, Gulf Oil Spill Litigation Group, 2010 -
    • Co-Chair, Chinese Drywall Litigation Group, 2009 -2011
    • Co-Chair, Dialysis Products Litigation Group, 2012.
    • ATLA Press Advisory Board, 1999-2002, 2007-2010.
    • Rule 23 Working Group, 2014 -
    • Amicus Curiae Committee, 2008 -
    • Keyperson Committee, 1996 -
    • AAJ PAC Eagle / M-Club.
    • Leaders’ Forum Member.
    • Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1997 -
    • Member, Commercial Law Section, 1996 -
    • Member, Insurance Law Section, 1996 -
    • Member, Product Liability Section, 2014 -
    • Member, Jury Bias Litigation Group, 2015 -
    • Member, Tobacco Litigation Group, 1996 -
    • Member, Health Care Finance Litigation Group, 1998 -
    • Member, Electronic Discovery Litigation Group, 2004 -
    • Member, Cox-2 (Vioxx) Litigation Group, 2005 -
    • Member, Preemption Task Force, 2008 -
    • Member, Class Action Litigation Group, 2009 -
    • Member, Attorney Information Exchange Group (AIEG), 2015-
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1994 -
    • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation.
    • Member, Consumer Protection Section, 1996 – 1998.
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, (formerly LTLA), 1995 -
    • President, 2014-2015.
    • Executive Committee, 2011 -
    • Chair, Maritime Section, 2012-2013.
    • Chair, Law Office Technology Section, 2006-2007.
    • Board of Governors, 2004 -
    • Council of Directors, 2006 -
    • AAJ State Delegate, 2007 -2013.
    • Amicus Curiae Committee, 1999 -
    • President’s Advisory Board, 1996-1997, 1999 -2000.
    • Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1996 -
    • Key Contacts Committee, 1997 -
    • Speakers Bureau, 1999 -
  • Civil Justice Foundation.
    • President, 2003-2004.
    • Board of Trustees, 1999 – 2012.
    • President’s Award, 2001.
  • Public Justice, (formerly TLPJ).
    • Executive Committee, 2015 -
    • Board of Trustees, 2010 -
    • Membership Committee Co-Chair, 2008-2009.
    • Louisiana State Network Coordinator, 2000-2012.
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation (Pound Civil Justice Institute).
    • Board of Trustees, 2015 -
  • Litigation Counsel of America.
    • Fellow, 2007 -
  • Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter.
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.
  • New Orleans Bar Association.
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association.


  • America and the Law: Challenges for the 21 Century, Austin & Winfield, 1998, (revised edition, Gravier House Press, 1999). st
  • “HMO Litigation” Tort Litigation: Preparation and Tactics – 2000 and Beyond (West 2003).
  • “Spoliation of Evidence” Civil Trial Practice: Winning Techniques of Successful Trial Attorneys (Lawyers & Judges Publishing, 2000), revised and reprinted in, Aircraft Accident Reconstruction and Litigation (Lawyers & Judges Publishing, 2003).
  • “Percentage Fee Awards in Common Fund Cases” Tulane Law Review Vol. 74, Nos. 5-6, p.2033 (June 2000).
  • “Evidence Preservation and Spoliation” TRIAL Magazine, September 2005, p.50.
  • “Federal Preemption: Geier and Its Implications” Louisiana Advocates Vol.XVI, No.1, p.8 (Jan. 2001).
  • “The Use and Abuse of Privilege in Discovery” Australian Products Liability Reporter, Vol. 10, No.5 (June 1999).
  • “Understanding Spoliation of Evidence” TRIAL Magazine March 2001, p.45.
  • Review of In Defense of Tort Law, TRIAL Magazine November 2001, p.86.
  • “Proposed Changes to Rule 23: Consulting with Practicing Attorneys” Sidebar Vol. 3, No. 2, p.7 (Spring 2002), reprinted in, The Federal Lawyer Vol. 49, No.8, p.14 (Sept. 2002).
  • “Fighting Mandatory Arbitration” Louisiana Advocates Vol.XVII, No.5, p.13 (May 2002).
  • “Roark v. Humana: What This New Decision Means for Your Medical Malpractice Cases Involving HMOs” Louisiana Advocates Vol. XVIII, No. 1, p.8 (Jan. 2003).
  • “TLPJ Urges Trial Lawyers to Fight Court Secrecy” Louisiana Advocates Vol.XVII, No.6, p.13 (June 2002).
  • “Federal Court Upholds Rights of Plaintiffs Who Opted Out of Nationwide Class Action Settlement to Pursue Individual Claims” Louisiana Advocates Vol. XVIII, No. 1, p.14 (Jan. 2003).
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Rules Asbestosis Victims Can Recover Damages Based on Fear of Cancer” Louisiana Advocates Vol.XVII, No.6, p.7 (June 2003).
  • “Being a Savvy Blogger” Louisiana Advocates (July 2007), p.12.
  • “How to Maximize the Advantages of E-Mail and Eliminate the Risks” Louisiana Advocates (August 2007), p.6.
  • “Standing on the Shoulders of Those Who Came Before Us” Louisiana Advocates Vol. XXIX, No.10 (Oct. 2014).
  • “To Protect and Preserve an Independent Judiciary” Louisiana Advocates Vol. XXIX, No.12 (Dec. 2014).
  • “Hot Coffee” Louisiana Advocates Vol. XXX, No.2 (Feb. 2015).
  • “Personal Remarks” Louisiana Advocates Vol. XXX, No.5 (May 2015).
  • “How I Spent My Summer Vacations (and Still Remember the Lessons Learned)” Louisiana Advocates Vol. XXX, No.6 (June 2015).
  • “The Long Arc of Justice” Louisiana Advocates Vol. XXX, No.8 (Aug. 2015).

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Herman Herman & Katz, LLC

820 O'Keefe Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
United States

Law Firm Contact: Brian D. Katz

Tel: 504.581.4892

Fax: 504.561.6024



Member Since: 2017

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