Howard Herman is Director of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, where he has worked since 1997. He previously served as Director of ADR Programs for Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez, California, and as co-director of what was then known as the Office of Settlement Conference Attorneys of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (now known as the Ninth Circuit Mediation Program).
Mr. Herman both mediates cases and has primary responsibility for training and supervising the hundreds of lawyers who serve as volunteer neutrals in the court’s ADR programs. He is the lead trainer for the court’s mediation and ENE trainings, and he oversees a variety of continuing education programs for the neutrals who serve, including the development and leadership of innovative on-going practice groups for the court’s mediators and settlement conference judges. Mr. Herman frequently teaches negotiation and mediation related courses at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he also co-leads an annual seminar for international judges and lawyers entitled “Envisioning, Designing and Implementing Court ADR.” In addition, Mr. Herman has developed numerous ADR training courses for lawyers and judges throughout the United States, principally through the Federal Judicial Center and the American Bar Association. Internationally, he has taught courses for judges and lawyers in Germany, India, Jordan, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Thailand as a part of those countries’ ongoing civil law reform efforts. He also frequently hosts delegations of lawyers, judges, and court staff from throughout the world, consulting with them concerning the development of court-annexed ADR systems.
Mr. Herman has been actively involved in the leadership of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution for many years, and was Chair of the Section in 2016. He previously practiced as a civil litigator with the firms of Graham & James and Kindel & Anderson in San Francisco. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his A.B., with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley.
In 2002, Mr. Herman was an inaugural recipient of the Robert F. Peckham Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution presented by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2011, he was co-recipient of the Mediation Society of San Francisco’s annual Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Mediation. In 2013, he was the inaugural recipient of the Exceptional Service Award presented by the University of California, Hastings College of the Law’s Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.
Robert F. Peckham Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution 2002
Presented by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Mediation 2011
Co-recipient from the Mediation Society of San Francisco
Exceptional Service Award 2013
UC Hastings College of the Law Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution