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Timothy R. Herman is a trial lawyer who focuses on high stakes business litigation and class action defense.

Tim has successfully tried multiple cases, including a two week federal jury trial, a week-long arbitration before a three arbitrator panel of the American Arbitration Association, defended and prosecuted temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction hearings, and has significant experience in all aspects of litigation, including mediation, arbitration, at trial, and on appeal. His litigation practice covers such diverse areas as shareholder disputes, non-competition and non-solicitation disputes, class action defense, complex supplier disputes, equipment leasing matters, real estate litigation, product liability defense, and the defense of technology companies that connect consumers with businesses. He also represents corporate creditors protecting their rights in bankruptcy proceedings.

Tim has gained experience in defending technology companies and other businesses sued under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act as well as class actions alleging data breaches and other cyber incidents, privacy-related torts, and consumer class-wide arbitration. He has also defended companies in patent litigation and high-stakes personal injury cases on behalf of gig economy businesses.

Tim 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. Tim also has significant experience in post-judgment proceedings, including litigating fraudulent transfers and citations to discover assets. He utilizes his litigation background to develop strategies to prevent litigation from occurring.

In August 2018, Tim 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 Tim 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, Tim 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. Tim is also the author of Ch. 4 Motions, Affidavits, and Orders for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE ®, 2023).


J.D., summa cum laude, University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
B.A., cum laude, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 2006


Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Business Litigation (2016–2023)

The Chicago Bar Association Leadership Institute (2016)


Named among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® for Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers (2024)


Chicago Bar Association

State Bar Licenses