Paul A. Herman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland in 1978 wherein he was a member of the National Journalism Honor Society. He also worked briefly for the New York Times prior to receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1983. He also attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the City College of New York (CCNY) as an undergraduate where he played football and lacrosse. Aside from his legal career Mr. Herman is a certified indoor cycling instructor and currently serves as an assistant coach for the West Boca Raton Community High School Boys Lacrosse Club. He is a resident of South Florida for the past 30 years and is proudly raising 3 wonderful children.
Mr. Herman is a member of The Florida Bar, the United States District Court of Florida (Northern, Middle and Southern Districts), the United States District Court of Florida Trial Bar (Southern District). Additionally, he is admitted to practice in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Further, Mr. Herman is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrotors. Mr. Herman has been rated AV (the highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Herman holds a Board Certification in Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawsince 1991.
The Florida Bar for continuing legal education as well as the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education certify him as an instructor for CLE and CEU credits.
He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) and actively represents individual consumers for debt and credit related issues.
He is a Certified Florida Circuit Court Mediator , Federal Mediator specializing in Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) cases, as well as being certified as an Arbitrator for binding and non-binding arbitration. He is also amember of the Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators.
He is also a consultant for various entities in the debt settlement/negotiation and credit restoration industries.
Immediately prior to the start of his present consumer law practice and mediation work, Mr. Herman was an Equity Partner in the insurance defense firm of Miller, Kagan, Rodriguez and Silver, P.A. While there for nearly 20 years, Mr. Herman moved from the firm’s main office in Miami to assist in the daily management of the firm’s West Palm Beach office. Mr. Herman also handled the firm’s LHWCA Division (Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act), Federal Workers’ Compensation claims, as well as actively handling and supervising the State of Florida Worker’s Compensation defense litigation.
Mr. Herman has been a guest lecturer on numerous topics for among others: The Longshore Institute, The Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section, Annual Claims Manager’s Conference sponsored by WCCP, The Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute’s (FWCI) annual conference, The Florida Bar Association continuing legal education and most recently the Loyola University of New Orleans Annual Longshore Conference.
Important Legal Decisions
FCCI Fund (FEISCO) v. Cayce’s Excavation, Inc.Conclusively defines the term “navigable waters” for determination of all Florida workers’ compensation claims as related to the Longhore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)Palm Springs GeneralHospital v. Cabrera
First case to apply the Expert Medical Advisor (EMA) after the 1994 Statutory changes to Florida Statute Section 440 – the Florida Workers’ Compensation Act
Agostinho v Citibank, et al.
Established the right to conduct additional discovery to determine if a furnisher of information to the Credit Reporting Agencies commited “glaring omissions” in failing to provide credit limits on consumer reports.Speaking EngagementsLoyola University of New Orleans School of Law annual Longshore Educational Conference 2007Accredited Continuing Education Units CEU) Speaker 1989 – presentFlorida Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Lecturer 1989 – present
Other career highlights
Guest Speaker for: WINZ 940 Radio Station (Legal Segment) 2012
Guest Lecturer for: Debtor and Creditor Rights National Seminar 2011
Returning Speaker for WCCP – The Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals 1991-present
Returning Speaker at the FWCI (Florida Worker’s Compensation Institute) Annual Conference 1989-present
Guest Lecturer for: The Longshore Institute 1992–1995
The Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Winter meetings
The annual Claims Manager’s Conference sponsored by WCCP
Host of the Public TV program “Workers Comp Today” 1996