Thomas K. Herren, born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, has strong ties and commitments in the Central Kentucky area. Tom is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Law. In 1994, Attorney Herren became board certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certifications (formerly NBTA), an ABA accredited organization. The requirements for certification include: numerous trials to jury verdict or judgment; continuing legal education; submission of trial court briefs for review; attorney and judicial references; proof of good standing in the legal profession; and a daylong examination on trial techniques, evidence and ethics. An attorney who has taken the extra time and effort to achieve board certification can be justifiably proud. He has also earned Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship is by invitation only to the top one percent of outstanding trial lawyers who are considered the best in their state.
Besides being lead counsel on several significant cases (more fully described below), Tom Herren was on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys for 25 years. He has served as District Vice-President. Tom is also an active member in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Fayette County Bar Association, serving on various committees.
Areas of Practice
Civil Practice of injury, death, and employment Auto wrecks Defective products Falls Alcohol Truck and/or motorcycle Medical negligence Legal negligence
Certified Legal Specialties
Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Legal Specialty Certifications (formerly NBTA), 1994
University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1980 University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky B.A.Ph., Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy - 1976 Honors: Dean's List, 1975
Kentucky Automobile Litigation National Business Institute, Inc., 1991 Closing Argument, Tom Herren and Peter Perlman, Kentucky Justice Association, Kentucky Defense Counsel Joint Seminar, 2009 Indemnity - Passive vs. Active Negligence, Tom Herren, Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar, 2003
Elizabeth Watts, as next friend for Chad Watts v. Kentucky, S & H, a partnership 957 S.W. 2d 233 (KY, 97) Tonya Oliver v. -------, M.D. 117 S.W. 3d 661 (Kentucky App., 2003) Timothy DeRossete v. Idab, Inc. Unpublished affirmed appeal, 1992 Tina Bryant, et al v. Mid-states Plastics, 245 S.W. 3 d 728 (Kentucky, 2008) Walter McKinney v. Ky Farm Bureau Ins., 831 S.W. 2d 164 (Kentucky, 1992)
Southern Hills United Methodist
Evolving Torts, KATA Trying Auto Injury Case in Kentucky, National Business Institute, Inc., 1990 - Present
Honors and Awards
Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Advocate, 1994 - Present Kentucky Justice Association, Board of Directors, 1986 - Present Kentucky Trial Court Review- 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year
Professional Associations and Memberships
Kentucky Justice Association , Member, 1981 - Present Kentucky Bar Association , Member, 1980 - Present Fayette County Bar Association , Member, 1980 - Present American Association of Justice , Member, 1985 - Present American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow Kentucky Justice Association, Board of Directors, 1986 National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Advocate, 1994
Past Employment Positions
Fayette County, Assistant Prosecutor, 1984 - 1989 Peter Perlman Law Offices, Associate, 1985 - 1987 Hays, Moss & Lynn, Partner, 1987 - 1990
Board member Metro Group Homes, Inc. Board Chairman, Admin. Bd. of So. Hills U. Methodist Church Little League Baseball Coach Fay. Co. Bar Assoc. Law Referral Comm.