Fred L. Herman


Attorneys Fees
Bad Faith
Civil Rights
Class Action
Family Law
In-Camera Review
Intellectual Property
Land Use
Mass Tort
Multi District Litigation
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Real Estate
Settlement Administration
Sports and Entertainment

Fred L. Herman graduated from Loyola University School of Law in 1975. He was a partner with the law firm of Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar through 1987, a civil litigation and general civil practice firm. He established the Law Offices of Fred L. Herman in 1987, with a special emphasis on litigation, business transactions and alternative dispute resolution. He served as Chief Negotiator for Tom Benson for the acquisition of the NFL - New Orleans Saints.  He also served as legal advisor to Rob Couhig in his sale of the New Orleans Zephyrs minor league baseball franchise.


He is a Lecturer at Loyola University School of Law, Skills Curriculum, and was on the Tulane School of Law Trial Advocacy Faculty. He has served as judge pro tempore in First City Court. He has been an arbitrator and mediator in over 300 civil disputes. He is a member of the ADR Section of Louisiana State Bar Association,  Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association as well as the American Arbitration Association and the American Healthcare Lawyer’s Association.

Case List

  • Judge Pro Tempore - First City Court, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Presiding Arbitrator - John Smith v. John Doe (medical malpractice litigation) Conducted under the authority of La. Revised Statute 9:4230 et seq. (arbitration of medical disputes)
  • Mediator of Various Civil Disputes - approximately 650 hours as a mediator and arbitrator
  • Hearing Officer - In Re: Dr. Doe v. ABC Hospital (appointed through American Healthcare
    Lawyer’s Association)
  • Arbitrator - American Healthcare Lawyer’s Association - Health Insurer ABC v. XYZ Hospital Corporation (Ongoing $70 million reimbursement claim)
  • Discovery Master and Class Certification Hearing Officer, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans - Toxic Tort Class Action; Litigation - See La. R.S. 13:4165, et seq., HarveyTerm Litigation, CDC Proceeding No. 2001-8708 and all consolidated cases
  • General Counsel to Tom Benson and Chief Negotiator for the Purchase of the New Orleans
    Saints from John Mecom.
  • General Counsel to New Orleans Zephyrs Investment Group in connection with the sale of the New Orleans Zephyrs Baseball Club
  • Trial Co-Counsel to the Heirs of Joseph R. Hingle, Re: Liquidation of Plaquemines Oil
    Sales Corp
    ., Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans
  • Counsel to Liquidator; Manheim Antiques Partnership
  • Special Counsel to the Board of Tax Assessors for the Parish of Orleans
  • Special Counsel to the City Council of the City of New Orleans
  • General Counsel to Dale N. Atkins, Clerk of Court for the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans
  • Trial counsel for Dale N. Atkins, Clerk of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans in the matter of Atkins v. Bank One, et al.
  • Trial Counsel for the City of New Orleans in the matter of C.R. Pittman Construction Co. vs. City of New Orleans, et al.
  • Special Counsel to Leon A. Cannizzaro, Orleans Parish District Attorney - civil matters.
  • Court appointed counsel to Regular Baptist Church No.2, James LeBlanc, et al v. Regular
    Baptist Church, Inc., et al
    , 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson, No. 640-
    794 - Special Counsel to supervise the election of Board of Trustees of the Church.
  • Special Master, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Terri Barrack, et al v. J. F.
    Day & Co.
    , No. 2003-8164.
  • Discovery Master in asbestos litigation, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans,
    Herbert and Shirley Naquin v. Asbestos Defendants, No.  2007-15034.
  • Special Master in real estate and partnership dispute, Civil District Court for the Parish of
    Orleans, David Bernberg, et al v. Stephen Barry, No. 2007-8094.
  • Special Master in intellectual property dispute, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans,
    TGT Soft Corporation v. Elizabeth Dimitri, No. 2005-12654.
  • Expert Witness, Kentrisha Davis, et al v. Jazz Casino Company, LLC., Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Division “I”, No. 01-12680.
  • Expert Witness, Allied Van Lines, et al v. Fairfield Ins. Co., United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, No. 08-1045, Section “N.”

Honors Membership Awards

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1975
    • Major: Honor Code Review Board
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1972