Timothy R. HermanTimothy Herman Clark Hill
Timothy R. Herman
Timothy R. Herman is a Senior Attorney in the Chicago office of Clark Hill PLC and is a member of the Firm's Litigation Business Unit. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and employment law. Tim 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 through trial. His litigation practice covers such diverse areas as shareholder disputes, defending claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act, non-competition and non-solicitation disputes, class action litigation, complex supplier disputes, equipment leasing, real estate litigation, trust and estate litigation, legal malpractice actions, product liability defense and mechanic's lien actions. 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. Tim 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.
Tim graduated as the valedictorian of his law class at The John Marshall Law School in 2010. Tim 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. He also externed for Judge Alexander P. White of the Circuit Court of Cook County and worked at a boutique law firm that focused on corporate and financial transactions and commercial litigation.
During law school, Tim 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. He also provided research support for Dean Ruebner in the publication 2010 Illinois Decisions on Search and Seizure: Recent Developments on Search and Seizure in Illinois, published by the Illinois State Bar Association.
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 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. Tim has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation from 2016–2018. Tim 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.