Russ M. Herman

Russ M. Herman

Herman Herman & Katz, LLC

Recognized since 1983

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law

Appellate Practice

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Personal Injury Litigation
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Russ M. Herman is a Senior Partner of Herman, Herman & Katz, L.L.C. He graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. Degree and L.L.B. in 1966. In 1977, he was chosen “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” by the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, and was LTLA President in 1980-81.

He has authored over 200 articles, papers and books in various aspects of Civil Trial Practice and has been published in various works including Am Jur; Trials; Shepard’s/McGraw Hill; The National Business Institute; Trial Magazine; The Forum; and Personal Injury Annual by Matthew Bender.

Mr. Herman is a principal faculty member of The Professional Education Group (P.E.G. ~ Minnesota, MN) and has served on the faculties of the Practicing Law Institute and The National College of Trial Advocacy. He has lectured at Tulane, L.S.U., Loyola, Georgetown, Hastings and other law schools.

Mr. Herman served as President of the (ATLA) Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1989-1990); President of the Civil Justice Foundation (1987-1988); and President of the Roscoe Pound Foundation (1991-1993). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability attorneys; a Diplomate of the National College of Advocacy, a Fellow and Director of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA),a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and a Barrister of the American College of Barristers. In July of 2001, Mr. Herman was selected for The Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by ATLA. He has also received the ATLA Lifetime Achievement Award (1999) and the Joe Tonahill Award (1998); Pursuit of Justice Award (American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) 2005); and City Business’ Top 100 Leaders in Law for 2005 and 2006.

Mr. Herman has been selected for listing by Naifeh and Smith in their book “Best Lawyers in America” in Personal Injury, Maritime, Complex Litigation and Appellate Trial Practice areas. He is AV Rated in Martindale-Hubbell.

He is the author and performer of ATLA’s best selling, 6-Volume Video Trial Practice Series, “Courtroom Persuasion: Art, Drama & Science” and a 443-page book by the same title published by West Group, Clark Boardman Thomson and ATLA Press and is the author for West Group’s two-volume series Louisiana Personal Injury. Current CLE programs by Mr. Herman: The Cutting Edge in Courtroom Persuasion and Storytelling and the Model for Winning at Trial are produced by The Professional Education Group (P.E.G.).

The National Law Journal named Mr. Herman as one of Louisiana’s top ten litigators, and the American Law Journal highlighted Mr. Herman in its June 1999 issue. Fortune Magazine featured his litigation accomplishments in the July 3, 2000 issue.

In April 2003, the Third Edition of Chamber’s USA “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” (2003-2004) listed Mr. Herman as the leading individual trial lawyer in Louisiana in General and Commercial Litigation.

In 2004, a jury returned a $591,000,000 verdict in Scott v American Tobacco, et al. (96-8461, Orleans Parish, Civil District Court). Mr. Herman was lead trial counsel in this case. Mr. Herman was the Court Appointed Liaison and Lead Counsel in In Re Propulsid: MDL 1355 case. He is the Liaison Counsel and Member of PSC Executive Committee In Re Vioxx: MDL1657.

In 2005, Mr. Herman was selected from over 15,000 nation-wide nominees as one of American’s 500 Leading Lawyers and Jurists by “Lawdragon” publications and in 2006, as one of America’s Top 500 Litigators. “The Legal 500″ has selected him as one of the 500 Top Litigators in the country from 2007 to present.

Russ Herman was named 2007 Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers USA on December 19, 2007, citing his role as the lead negotiator for Plaintiffs in reaching the recent $4.85 Billion Settlement with Merck in the Vioxx Litigation.

Russ Herman and the Firm were retained in 2008 as Special Counsel to the Council of the City of New Orleans.

From 2009 to date, Russ Herman has been designated in Louisiana Super Lawyers. In 2010, he was admitted to the trial lawyers Hall of Fame by the American Trial Lawyers with President John Adams, Clarence Darrow, Fred Levin, Morris Dees and others.

Russ Herman serves as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in MDL 2047, In Re Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation.

Contact & Links


  • 820 O'Keefe Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70113

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana State Bar Association


  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers - Member
  • Advisory Council of the National Judicial Council - Member
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • American Association for Justice - Member (1966 – present), M Club (1980 – present), Sustaining Member (1984 – present), Key-Person Committee Chairman (1985 – present), Public Relations Committee (1985 – present), Public Affairs Committee (1985 – present), Elections Committee (1985 – prese
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • California Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Civil Justice Foundation - President (1988-1989), Trustee (1988 – present)
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association - Member
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers - Director (1997 – present)
  • Kentucky Association of Trial Attorneys - Member
  • Louisiana Association for Justice - Member (1966 – present), Legislative Committee (1966 – present, Chair for 5 years), Amicus Curiae-Medical Malpractice Liability Section (1973 – present), Building Committee (1976 – present), Key-Person Committee (1976 – present), President (1980-1981), Lo
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • National College of Advocacy - Member
  • New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association - Member
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation - Vice-President (1989-1992), President (1992-1994)
  • Trial Diplomacy Journa - Member Board of Editors (1991 – present)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice - Founder

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Personal Injury Litigation

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Appellate Practice, New Orleans (2013)
  • Personal Injury Litigation, New Orleans (2010)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs


  • Tulane Law School Inaugural Hall of Fame (2013)
  • Legal 500, Top 500 Litigators in the United States (2007-present)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2016)
  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers (2012 – 2013)
  • Louisiana Life, Top Attorneys in Louisiana (2008-2011)
  • Lawdragon Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2004-2012)
  • Chambers USA 2011 – Leader in the Fields of Litigation, General Commercial (Louisiana), Products Liability and Plaintiffs (Nationwide)
  • Best Lawyers’ 2010 New Orleans Personal Injury Litigator of the Year (2010)
  • John R. “Jack” Martzell Professionalism Award (2009)
  • Louisiana Association for Justice Stalwart Award (2009)
  • City Business’ Leadership in Law Award (2005-2006; 2014 Hall of Fame)
  • Pursuit of Justice Award (2005), American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • Leonard M. Ring Champion of Justice Award, American Association for Justice (July 2001)
  • Louisiana’s Top Ten Litigators by the National Law Journal (June 1999)
  • American Association for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award (1999)
  • American Association for Justice Joe Tonahill Award – New Lawyers Division (1997)
  • Wiedeman & Wysocki Award (1992-1994, 1996)
  • Marqui’s Who’s Who in American Law, (1985 – present)
  • Best Lawyers in America (1983 – present)
  • New Orleans Legal Secretaries Association’s Boss of the Year (1981-1982)
  • Louisiana Association for Justice Leadership Award (1981-1982)
  • Louisiana Association for Justice President’s Award (1977)
  • Fellow – International Academy of Trial Lawyers (1990 – present)
  • Diplomat – American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (1989 – present)
  • Diplomat – National College of Advocacy (1993 – present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (1998 – present)
  • Fellow – International Society of Barristers (1999 – present)

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"Russ Herman is the top lawyer in the firm. He represented me in my first construction case and won. We have worked together for many years since then."

- Louis Velez (Velez Construction), New Orleans, LA

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