Peter G. Herman

Email: pgh@thlglaw.com
Phone: (954) 762-2555

Legal Experience

Peter Herman’s areas of practice include Intellectual Property Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage Disputes, and Personal Injury.

Professional Background

Peter G. Herman joined The Herman Law Group, P.A. in January 2016. Mr. Herman was formerly a director of Tripp Scott, where he started his practice in 1982.  He is an experienced litigator who has managed and tried to verdict numerous cases in state and federal courts.  Throughout his career, Mr. Herman’s vast array of litigation experience has included intellectual property (trademark, copyright and patent) infringement, complex commercial litigation, defense and prosecution of significant personal injury claims, insurance coverage disputes, false advertising claims, malpractice claims and federal Lanham act claims.  Mr. Herman has received from his peers an AV rating according to the national lawyer rating service, Martindale-Hubbell.  An AV rating is the highest attainable for any individual lawyer.  He has also been recognized by his peers as one of Florida’s Legal Elite, a Super Lawyer, as well as one of Florida’s Most Effective Lawyers.

Mr. Herman has represented individuals as well as corporations.  Some of his corporate clients include Browning-Ferris Industries, Travelers Insurance Co., The National Council on Compensation Insurance, Gunther Volkswagen/Mazda, Pompano Park Harness Track, Alamo Rent-A-Car, Columbia Hospitals (HCA), Ryland Homes, and Frederic R. Harris, Inc., the consulting engineer for the construction of the Sawgrass Expressway.

Over the years as litigation and trial counsel, Mr. Herman has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.  In a recent highly-publicized jury trial, Mr. Herman prosecuted, on behalf of an individual inventor, a patent infringement case against The Home Depot USA, Inc.  He successfully proved that The Home Depot engaged in willful patent infringement.  The total award to the client was nearly $25 million after approximately a month-long jury trial.  The award included $3 million in punitive damages, $2.8 million in attorneys’ fees and $3.1 million of prejudgment interest.  Ultimately, the case was appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC where the trial court’s decision, and jury verdict, were affirmed in all respects.  As a result, The Home Depot was required to pay the entire verdict amount.  See Powell v. Home Depot, US District Court, Southern District of Florida, Case No. 07-80435-CIV-Hurley/Hopkins.

After the Home Depot case, Mr. Herman litigated to jury verdict a significant complex trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement claim against a large New York corporation.  Again, he successfully proved that the defendants intentionally misappropriated his client’s intellectual property.  The case resulted in a $26 million jury award that included $10 million in punitive damages.  At that time, the case was recognized in New York as the #1 largest intellectual property litigation verdict in New York and the #5 verdict overall in New York.  The case was also recognized as one of the top 100 verdicts in the United States.  See Member Services v. Security Mutual, United States District Court, Northern District of New York, Case No. 3:06-CV-01165 (TJM/DEP).  In another case, Mr. Herman represented a major hospital chain in a case against a large health insurance carrier for non-payment of millions in unpaid benefits owed to the hospital.  Mr. Herman and his team prevailed resulting in a nearly $10 million award for his client.

Mr. Herman has not only been successful in litigating the multi-million claims but has handled claims which resulted in significant changes in the law.  At the appellate level, his case of Powers v. The Medicine Shoppe, Circuit Court of Broward County, Case No. 03-17380 (12), involved facts where inappropriate medication had been negligently dispensed to his client by a pharmacy.  The decision in this case helped form the law creating potential liability for pharmacists failing to properly warn customers of inappropriate drug interactions and/or inappropriate dosages.

Mr. Herman has served as a chairman of the 17th Judicial Circuit Ethics Committee.  He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum as well as the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Top Trial Lawyers in America.  He also is a member of the Court Practice Institute, a diplomat of the Institute in the Science of Trial Advocacy.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.  He is a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and The Broward County Trial Lawyers Association.  He has spoken to groups such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Inventors Association of South Florida concerning litigation of patent cases.  Mr. Herman has a law degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Law.  He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Florida State University.  He and his family have lived in South Florida all of his life.

Licensed to Practice

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington DC
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta GA
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • All Florida State, Circuit and County Courts

Law School

  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Juris Doctorate

College

  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    Bachelor’s Degree, Finance

Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Super Lawyer
  • Most Effective Lawyer