A Law Firm For Victims Of Sexual Abuse. - Offices in Florida and New York
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Jeff Herman

Managing Partner

Jeff Herman is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer and advocate for survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. He is a trailblazer in the representation of victims of sexual abuse, devoting 100% of his practice to the cause.  Over his career he has represented hundreds of brave men, women and children.  Over the past 2 decades, Jeff has built a national practice and has become one of the nation's leading childhood sexual abuse attorneys and pioneers, a true champion of his clients' rights.  Jeff is the founding and managing partner of Herman Law, a Boca Raton-based law firm that represents clients of sexual abuse nationwide.

In November, 2011, Jeff won a landmark $100 million verdict on behalf of a client who was sexually abused by Father Neil Doherty, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Miami.

For more than 25 years, Jeff has enjoyed a reputation for aggressive and tireless advocacy on behalf of his clients.  He understands the unique issues involved in the representation of survivors of rape and sexual abuse.  His clients come to him with different needs, which is why he is committed to helping them navigate the other issues that may arise for survivors, such as developing a support system of counselors and advocates, or participating in the criminal prosecution of the perpetrator.  Jeff knows that healing from sexual abuse is a complex, multi-dimensional journey and that a civil lawsuit is only one part of that journey, albeit an important one.  He believes that empowering abuse victims is the most important part of representing them.  Victims of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation from all over the United States seek Jeff out to represent them in civil lawsuits.

He represents clients of all ages, and prides himself on being able to develop a rapport with young children in particular.  To that end, Jeff is trained in forensic interviewing techniques that minimize the trauma and anxiety that child victims can experience when reporting their abuse.  

In order to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients, Jeff is personally involved in each and every case that our firm handles.  He manages each case from intake to final resolution.  Jeff has personally represented:

  • hundreds of victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, including the Archdiocese of New York, Archdiocese of Denver, Diocese of Orlando, Marianists Religious Order, and more than 100 cases against the Archdiocese of Miami

  • a young woman who alleges she was raped on board a cruise ship

  • men who allege they were sexually abused by their Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts

  • men who allege they were sexually abused as members of the Columbian Squires, the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus

  • a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted during a CAT scan at a South Florida hospital

  • women who allege they were sexually assaulted during the course of a massage at a luxury spa resort

  • a high school student who alleges she was raped by her math teacher in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • children who allege they were sexually abused by their foster father

  • children who allege they were sexually abused by a rabbi at their yeshiva in New York

  • boys and girls who allege they were sexually abused by teachers in public and private schools

  • a mentally handicapped man who alleges he was raped by another resident at his group home

  • young girls who allege they were forced to perform sexual acts on the teenage son of their pre-kindergarten teacher at a Miami day care

  • men and women who allege they were sexually abused as children in overseas dormitories run by New Tribes Mission, a worldwide Christian missionary organization

  • a teenager who alleges he was sexually abused at Thompson Academy, a residential facility for juvenile offenders in Florida

  • preschoolers who allege they were sexually abused by a volunteer at their preschool

On the legal front, Jeff has been a pioneer in developing new legal strategies to avoid the statute of limitations defense in cases involving childhood sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy brought by adult survivors in several states, including Colorado and Florida. 

Jeff knows that community advocacy is vital to the prevention of childhood sexual abuse.  Jeff is honored to serve on the Advisory Board of KidSafe Foundation, a South Florida-based non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the sexual abuse of children through various educational programs.  He has also appeared as a featured speaker at community programs involving sexual abuse.Given his knowledge and reputation in the legal community, Jeff has taught Continuing Legal Education classes for other attorneys on litigating sexual abuse cases and trial techniques.  He has also trained law enforcement, victim-witness liaisons, and other attorneys in cooperation with the National Crime Victim Bar Association. 

Over the course of his career, Jeff has appeared in national and international media hundreds of times.  Jeff's work has been featured on CNN, Fox News, and in pages of the New York Times.  In recent years, Jeff has been a regular guest on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor to offer commentary and insight on various sexual abuse topics, including protecting children and healing from abuse.

Jeff is admitted to practice in Florida, as well as the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida;  and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. He has been admitted pro hac vice in cases across the United States, including Colorado, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Jeff is a native of Cleveland, Ohio.  He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1985.  During that time, he served as the Editor of the Journal of International Law and President of the International Law Society.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1982. 

Publications:

"Protecting Our Children"

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Jeff Herman is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates

Jeff Herman is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum