Three Questions with Katherine Herman
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I like to win. The thing about winning is that it does not necessarily mean obtaining a favorable result from the Court, the concept of winning often looks different on a case-by-case or client-by-client basis. Sometimes winning means negotiating a settlement that saves the client the cost of litigation and other times winning means avoiding litigation altogether. The most important component of winning is fully understanding your client’s specific goals to help them achieve their desired outcome.
Tell us about something that has shaped your career?
I have been fortunate enough to have had some of the best mentors who are not only great attorneys but great people. These mentors made themselves available at any time to answer my often silly-seeming questions and gave me opportunities within their own cases to help me grow and learn as a young attorney. These opportunities gave me a chance to prove not only to those mentors but to myself, that I can handle any situation with confidence and grit.
What advice do you have for someone new to the industry?
The best advice I have ever received is that you may not always be the most experienced or the smartest person in the room. You can, however, always be the most prepared, which is often far more important. So, spend the extra hours preparing your case, knowing the facts and the law like the back of your hand, and you will be successful (and often surprise yourself to what you can achieve).
Katherine A. Herman represents business organizations, business owners, and private clients facing a broad range of complex litigation and business disputes. She advises clients looking to find the most effective and efficient solutions, whether that be inside or outside the courtroom.
Prior to joining Larkin Hoffman, Katherine worked as an associate attorney at a law firm in the Twin Cities, where her practice emphasized commercial litigation, general litigation, business law, appeals, and employment law. While in law school, Katherine served as a judicial clerk extern for the Honorable Nicole J. Starr in Minnesota’s Second Judicial District. During her clerkship, Katherine gained invaluable experience participating in jury selection, hearings, sentencings, jury trials, and drafted legal memoranda and orders for consideration.