Timothy R. Herman is a Partner in the Chicago office of Gordon & Rees and a member of the Commercial Litigation practice group. His practice focuses on business litigation and employment disputes.
Mr. Herman has successfully tried multiple cases, including a two week federal jury trial, defended and prosecuted temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction hearings, and has significant experience in all aspects of litigation including mediation and arbitration through the American Arbitration Association, at trial and on appeal. His litigation practice covers such diverse areas as shareholder disputes, non-competition and non-solicitation disputes, class action litigation, complex supplier disputes, equipment leasing matters, real estate litigation, legal malpractice actions, product liability defense and mechanic's lien actions. He also represents corporate creditors protecting their rights in bankruptcy proceedings.
Mr. Herman has gained experience in defending technology companies and other businesses sued under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and other privacy-related cases. He has also defended companies in patent litigation and trademark disputes.
Mr. Herman has experience representing corporate and individual fiduciaries in matters involving claims of undue influence, lack of capacity, fraud, and duress and other disputes between beneficiaries of wills and trusts. Mr. Herman also has significant experience in post-judgment proceedings, including litigating fraudulent transfers and citations to discover assets. Mr. Herman also has experience in transactional matters, including analyzing and drafting employment and corporate maintenance agreements, contracts and assisting in corporate formation for small to medium-sized businesses and other start-up companies. He utilizes his litigation background to develop strategies to prevent litigation from occurring.
Mr. Herman graduated as the valedictorian of his law class at The John Marshall Law School in 2010. Mr. Herman graduated cum laude from Kalamazoo College in 2006 where he majored in Economics/Business and minored in Political Science and was a four year varsity basketball player. While attending law school, he was the Student Publications Editor of The John Marshall Law Review. During law school, Mr. Herman served as Research Assistant for Ralph Ruebner, Associate Dean of The John Marshall Law School, and assisted Dean Ruebner in his capacity as reporter for the Illinois Supreme Court Special Committee on Illinois Evidence.
In August 2018, Mr. Herman attended a week-long trial academy through the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California with some of the country's leading trial lawyers. The 2018 IADC Trial Academy provided Mr. Herman with extensive instruction on opening and closing statements, direct and cross-examinations of lay witnesses and experts, and other trial technology tools.
In June 2018, Mr. Herman gave a presentation, "The Role of the Company Accountant in a Shareholder/Member Dispute: Minefields and Recommendations," to 40 certified public accountants at BMO Harris Bank through Paychex's yearly continuing, professional education program.
Mr. Herman is a member of the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee and was part of the CBA’s 2016 inaugural Leadership Institute composed of 18 lawyers from various law firms and corporate legal departments in the Chicagoland area. Mr. Herman has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation from 2016–2020. Mr. Herman also devotes significant time to pro bono causes, including obtaining the requisite findings in state court to allow minor children to become legal permanent residents in the United States by virtue of their status as Special Immigrant Juveniles.
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Chicago Bar Association (Member of Judicial Evaluation Committee)
Lawyers Club of Chicago