Jeff Herman is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer and advocate for survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Jeff is aggressive, passionate and skilled. If you have a civil sexual abuse case, Jeff is the attorney you want representing you. 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 one thousand brave men, women and children. Over the past two 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.
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 while maintaining the integrity of the disclosure.
Jeff knows that community advocacy is vital to the prevention of childhood sexual abuse. Jeff participates in community based organizations dedicated to preventing the sexual abuse of children through various educational programs. He has also appeared as a featured speaker at community programs involving preventing 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 The O’Reilly Factor, Dr. Drew, CNN, and Nancy Grace to offer commentary and insight on various sexual abuse topics, including protecting children and healing from abuse.
Jeff is admitted to practice in Florida and New York. He has been admitted pro hac vice in cases across the United States, including California, Colorado, Indiana, 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. Jeff is the proud father of four children.