Herbert Better

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Former U.S. Attorney Herbert Better knows what it takes to succeed. 

Herb brings more than a decade of experience as a government litigator to a broad civil and criminal litigation practice representing individuals and corporations, and he has been widely recognized as one of the best lawyers in Maryland.


Before opening the Baltimore office in 1987, Herb spent 14 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, starting as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1972. He served for five years as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and in 1981 he was appointed by the U.S. District Court to serve as U.S. Attorney.

Herb also is a member of ADR Maryland, a select group of experienced trial lawyers who serve as mediators and arbitrators.


Education
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1968
    • Law Review
       
  • Johns Hopkins University, 1965
    • Phi Beta Kappa
Bar admissions
  • Maryland
Court admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Tax Court
Government service
  • U.S. Attorney
    • District of Maryland
Professional leadership
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Former Member, U.S. District Court Attorney Admissions Fund Committee
  • Member, U.S. District Court Liaison Committee
  • Former President, Maryland Chapter, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Lawyers’ Round Table of Baltimore
  • Member and former President, Wednesday Law Club
  • Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • President, Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland
Community involvement
  •  Former President, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association
  •  Former Member, Board of Governors, The Johns Hopkins Club
  • Former President, Board of Advisors, Blue Jays Unlimited
  • Member, Hopkins Lacrosse Advisory Board

Representative matters
  • Represented the owner of a multi-use, waterfront development project in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in a suit brought by adjacent property owners challenging the zoning legislation authorizing the development.
  • Represented an accounting firm and certain of its partners and employees in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service of an off-shore tax shelter allegedly used by an internationally known race car driver who was a client of the accounting firm.
  • Represented the owner of Baltimore’s major league indoor soccer team in a case involving a challenge to zoning legislation allowing the placement of general advertising signs on the façade of the city-owned 1st Mariner Arena to provide advertising revenue to the owner of the team comparable to advertising revenue provided to other major league teams in Baltimore. The case was litigated for more than seven years, including multiple appeals to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Court of Appeals, and resulted in the approval of the zoning legislation enacted by Baltimore’s mayor and city council for the benefit of the owner of the soccer team.
  • Represented three compliance officers and two branch managers of a brokerage firm with offices in Cleveland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC in connection with a multi-year investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Enforcement Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland in connection with a $50 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated by a customer of the brokerage firm with help from a broker at the brokerage firm and a second broker at another brokerage firm. The SEC investigation focused on allegations of failure to supervise the broker.
  • Defended a law firm and certain of its partners, who represented the plaintiff in a whistleblower action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, against a motion for sanctions filed by the defendants. The motion for sanctions accused the firm and its lawyers of serious misconduct, including the receipt of stolen confidential and proprietary information during the course of their representation of the plaintiff and sought extraordinary financial sanctions against the firm and its lawyers.
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Herbert Better

Partner

Office
Baltimore
Tel.
410.949.1143
Fax.
410.659.0436
Others
Send an Email
vCard
LinkedIn