Michael D. Herman has been a practicing attorney since 1992. Michael has held numerous legal and political positions during his career. He previously served as an associate attorney in a large Washington, D.C. legislative law practice, working with Congressional committees, staff and clients to maintain an effective Washington presence for large international and domestic corporations.
He later served eight years as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County before becoming Chief of Staff to the Prince George’s County Executive. As a prosecutor, Michael spent most of his career prosecuting felonies and vehicular homicides. He tried numerous cases of first impression in Maryland and nationally. He has tried more than 500 cases and has conducted more than 100 jury trials.
As Chief of Staff, he oversaw several county agencies, and developed an appreciation and keen understanding of legislative processes in the state and county, as well as administrative and regulatory processes, including land use and zoning. He served as supervisor over the County Office of Law, which employed more than 40 attorneys. He also oversaw the entire federal, state, and county government relations and legislative practice. He later acted as Prince George’s County’s principal lobbyist to the Maryland General Assembly after leaving county government in 2009.
Michael opened his own law firm in 2010, where he specializes in business law, litigation, land use/zoning, personal injury, and government relations. His clients range from small to mid-sized businesses, non-profit organizations, as well as individuals. The firm has since expanded to include other attorneys and practice areas.
Michael has also published articles and lectured on legal and political issues at several local colleges and universities, as well as before business groups here in the Washington, D.C. area and across the country. He was the principal author of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Handbook for State and Local Bar Associations.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.
Education & Court Admissions
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Washington College of Law at American University where he earned his juris doctor degree cum laude in 1992. He is admitted to practice law in Maryland, as well as in Federal District Court.
Leadership , Membership & Honors
In addition to his legal work, Michael is a former elected official, where he served four terms on the Town Council, and one term as Mayor of the Town of Riverdale Park, where he currently resides. He has always been actively engaged in community service. He was a Big Brother, founder and former President of the Riverdale Boys and Girls Club, and is a current and former board member of numerous organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. He currently serves on the board of the Alice Ferguson Foundation and had previously served as president. The Alice Ferguson Foundation is a regional environmental education organization based in Accokeek, Maryland. He also serves on the Board of Joe’s Movement Emporium, a dance and performance non-profit in Mount Rainier, Maryland.
Michael has received numerous awards for his political and civic work, but is most proud of his work with youth in our community. He was honored as the Big Brother of the Year for the Washington D.C. area Chapter of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, and as Athletic Supporter of the Decade by the Riverdale Boys and Girls Club.