Dennis J. Herman

Partner

“As an investigative journalist, I learned how to tell a compelling story. As a lawyer, I help you prove it.”

Office

San Francisco
T: (415) 288-4545
F: (415) 288-4534

Combining skills developed as an award-winning journalist with knowledge gained graduating second in his class at Stanford Law, Dennis Herman has repeatedly achieved success on behalf of wronged investors.

Dennis J. Herman received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1982. He is a 1992 graduate of Stanford Law School, where he received the Order of the Coif and the Urban A. Sontheimer Award for graduating second in his class. Mr. Herman concentrates his practice in securities class action litigation.

Mr. Herman has led or been significantly involved in the prosecution of numerous securities fraud claims that have resulted in substantial recoveries for investors, including settled actions against the Coca-Cola Company ($137 million), VeriSign Corp. ($78 million), NorthWestern Corp. ($40 million), BancorpSouth, Inc. ($29.5 million), America Service Group, Inc. ($15 million), Specialty Laboratories, Inc. ($12 million), Stellent, Inc. ($12 million) and Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ($10 million). Mr. Herman led the prosecution of the securities action against Lattice Semiconductor, Inc., which resulted in a significant, precedent-setting decision regarding the liability of officers who falsely certify the adequacy of internal accounting controls under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. Herman has also successfully represented the estate of a bankrupt company in lawsuits against its former officers and outside auditor seeking recovery for actions that deepened the company’s insolvency before it went bankrupt.

Previously, Mr. Herman practiced for ten years in Denver, Colorado, where he had a general commercial litigation practice and litigated many fraud and other tort claims cases, as well as a wide variety of cases involving contract claims, land use disputes, environmental issues, inter-governmental disputes, voting rights, and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Herman is admitted to practice in both California and Colorado (inactive), and is a member of the bar of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, as well as the bars of the United States District Courts for Colorado, and the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Herman was an award-winning investigative newspaper reporter and editor in California and Connecticut.

Education

Stanford Law School, J.D., 1992

  • Order of the Coif
  • Urban A. Sontheimer Award for graduating second in his class

Syracuse University, B.S., 1982

Admissions

  • California
  • Colorado (inactive)
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado