Injury Board Attorney Member

Steve Herman


Herman Herman & Katz, LLC

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • BP Oil Spill LItigation
  • Class Actions
  • Contamination
  • Electrocutions
  • Head & Brain Injuries
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Professional Liability
  • Tobacco Litigation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Burn Injury
  • Commerical Litigation
  • Defective & Dangerous Products
  • ERISA Litigation
  • HMO Managed Care Litigation
  • Offshore Maritime
  • Property Owners' Liability (Slip & Fall)
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Steve's Biography

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.


Dartmouth College Bachelor of Arts1991
Tulane University School of Law Juris Doctor1994

Other Activities, Interests, and Memberships

Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board
Hearing Committee Member, 4 and 5 Circuits, 2008-2010.
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Lawyer Chairman, Hearing Committee 56, 2010 -2013.
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Board of Directors, 2009-2011.
Louisiana State Law Institute, Code of Civil Procedure Committee, Sub-Committee on Multi-District Litigation, 2009
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

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

Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008 -
Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Appointed Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel / Co-Lead Class Counsel, In re: Deepwater Horizon,
MDL No. 2179, Civil Action No. 2:10-md-02179, USDC for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, In re: Express Scripts Pharmacy Benefits Management Litigation,
MDL No. 1672, Civil Action No. 4:05-md-01672-SNL, USDC for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, In re: Cox Set-Top Box Antitrust Litigation,
MDL No. 2048, Civil Action No. 5:09-ml-02048-C, USDC for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, In re: Budeprion XL Marketing and Sales Litigation,
MDL No. 2107, Civil Action No. 09-md-2107, USDC for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Host Committee, Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 19-22, 1998.
Curator Ad Hoc, Boomco LLC vs. Ambassador Inn Properties, et al, CDC No. 98-21208, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.
Moderator, “Winning With the Masters”, Last Chance Seminar, LTLA, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 19, 1998.
Moderator, “Winning With the Masters”, Last Chance Seminar, LTLA, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 14, 2000.
Welcome, ATLA Jazz Fest Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 1, 2003.
Guest Appearance, It’s the Law “Challenges for the 21 Century” New Orleans Bar Association, March 15, 1999. st
Guest Appearance, Bev Smith Show “Is Tobacco Litigation Good For America?” American Urban Radio Network, June 8, 2000.
Guest Appearance, The Morning Show “Are Tobacco Lawsuits Good For America?” KRLV Radio, June 9, 2000.
Guest Appearance, On the Air with Mike Bung “Tobacco Litigation and Challenges for the 21 Century” 1540 AM, June 15, 2000.
Guest Lecturer, “The Nuremberg Trials” Touro Synagogue Religious School, April 2003.
Judge, ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Finals, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 26, 1999.
Associate Member, Louisiana Injured Employees Union Education Fund, 1999 - 2003.
Board of Directors, Touro Synagogue Brotherhood, 1998 - 2000.
Member, Mystery Writers Association, 1999 -
Author of Three Novels: The Gordian Knot (Gravier House Press 1998), The Sign of Four (Gravier House Press 1998), and
A Day in the Life of Timothy Stone (Gravier House Press 1999).
Maintains Website / Blog regarding Legal, Political, Literary and Other Issues, including updates of What’s New in Products Liability,
Class Actions, ERISA Litigation, Electronic Discovery and Spoliation, at:

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