Hon. Paul S. Diamond, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Stanford Law School, J.D., with distinction, 2007

  • Senior Editor, Stanford Law and Policy Review

Tulane University, B.A., 2004

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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Steven N. Herman


Steven N. Herman represents companies and individuals in criminal investigations and prosecutions, securities enforcement actions, and complex civil litigation.

Steve focuses on client goals and the best way to achieve them, approaching issues with creativity and attention to detail.  As a litigator, he prides himself on his preparation and unrelenting advocacy on behalf of his clients. 

Steve represents clients in criminal and civil enforcement cases involving allegations of misconduct by the Department of Justice, the SEC, and other federal agencies. His clients in complex civil litigation have included parties to breach of contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty actions, qui tam relators, and companies in disputes with the FDA and their competitors.

As a member of the firm’s pro bono committee, Steve also maintains an active pro bono practice.

  • Obtained full exoneration for the former chief of the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in independent counsel and internal investigations of prosecutorial misconduct related to the prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens.
  • Obtained an acquittal of all felony charges following a six-week jury trial on behalf of the former CEO of an energy company related to alleged securities fraud and other criminal violations.
  • Obtained a $5.3 million verdict for the former CEO of an online banking company. Following an 11-day trial, the jury found that the CEO’s former employer breached its contractual obligations to our client.  The case was recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of “Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of 2011.”
  • Obtained a ruling from the court fully exonerating our client following an ERISA bench trial.
  • Tried an SEC enforcement action before an Administrative Law Judge who recommended that no sanctions be brought against our client, a compliance employee at a national brokerage firm. The case involved accusations that our client aided and abetted violations of various record keeping provisions of the federal securities laws. Although the SEC Division of Enforcement sought the permanent debarment of our client from the securities industry, and substantial financial penalties, no sanctions were imposed.
  • Obtained a settlement on behalf of the former chief financial officer of Canada’s then-largest pharmaceutical company in a civil enforcement action brought by the SEC alleging failure to meet the requirements of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and making misleading statements in quarterly earnings. The case settled the day before trial was scheduled to commence.
  • Represent the Oneida Nation of New York in state and federal litigation involving taxation of the Oneida Nation lands and transfer of its lands to the federal government to be held in trust. These matters include the successful application to the U.S. Department of the Interior to hold more than 13,000 acres of land in trust.
  • Represented a generic pharmaceutical company in submitting comments to the FDA regarding a competitor pharmaceutical company’s citizen petition challenging our client’s right to exclusively market the generic version of a drug for 180 days.
  • Assisted a pharmaceutical company in responding to FDA Form-483 observations.
  • Obtained a settlement on behalf of a pro bono client shortly before trial in a tort lawsuit alleging that a bank had improperly broken into the client’s apartment and locked her out.
  • Represented death row inmates pro bono in post-trial proceedings. 

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