Charles F. Herd, Jr.

Charles F. Herd, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Houston, TX

Herd Law Firm, PLLC
 | 19500 Tomball Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77070
Phone: 713-955-3699
Fax: 281-462-5180
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

Charles F. Herd Jr. concentrates on Jones Act and maritime-related claims, maritime products liability cases and maritime-related commercial matters. He also handles land-based transportation claims and suits. He is a trained and experienced Mediator and Arbitrator.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Mr. Herd earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was Student Body President.  He earned his law degree at the University of Louisville School of Law, and a Master of Laws in Admiralty from Tulane Law School.

Mr. Herd moved to Houston in 1985, beginning as an associate and then a Partner in the Admiralty Department for the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright). In 1996, he founded and became the Managing Partner of the Houston office of Fowler, Rodriguez & Chalos, where he grew the office from two to 10 lawyers. Mr. Herd worked as a senior attorney at The Lanier Law Firm 2002-2018, to continue to represent clients in Jones Act seaman cases, maritime-related claims, mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused cancers, and maritime-related commercial cases. He also represents clients injured or killed in land-based transportation cases, including truck wrecks and other motor vehicle collisions. Finally, he has successfully represented numerous clients with traumatic brain injuries, from equipment dropped from above, collisions, and premises-liability cases.

Mr. Herd is licensed to practice in various state and federal courts in Texas, Louisiana, Kentucky and New York. He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in 2005. He is further licensed to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, and has used his extensive experience in maritime and workers' compensation law to produce published works and teach seminars. He is a member of and held offices in The Houston Mariners Club, The Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor member), The Houston Maritime Arbitration Association (board member), The Propeller Club of the United States, Houston and Louisville Chapters, and various other legal organizations. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Herd is the immediate past-president of the Houston Northwest Bar Association, a board member of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Texas Navy Association, a guest lecturer at the University of Houston College of Law (Admiralty course), and a very active adult leader and volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and Bible studies in the northwest area of Houston.

About Charles Herd, Jr.

Admitted: 1985, Texas

Honors/Awards:

  • selected as Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Alan T. Smith Scouting Spirit Award, 2013

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Proctor member: the Maritime Law Association of the United States; trained arbitrator, advisory board member: the Houston Maritime Arbitration Association trained mediator (with advanced training): A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, 2016  
  • Mr. Herd is also a trained arbitrator and mediator.
  • Also licensed: Louisiana, New York, Kentucky, Supreme Court of the United States

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President: Houston Northwest Bar Association (2017)
  • Board Member; Houston Marine Arbitration Association
  • American, Louisiana and Texas Associations for Justice
  • State Bar of Texas; Louisiana State Bar Association; Kentucky Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; Houston Bar Association  
  • Christian Trial Lawyers Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Texas Navy Association, member
  • Houston Northwest Bar Association, officer
  • The Propeller Club of the United States, Houston and Louisville Chapters. 
  • Mariners Club of Houston
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • advisory board member; Houston Maritime Museum (2016-17); very active adult scout leader (2006-2017); Wood Badge, Assistant Scoutmaster, Range Safety Officer, Merit Badge Counselor
  • Mr. Herd is also a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. 
  • Extensive volunteer service to Boy Scouts of America, including Sam Houston Area Council and Phoenix District, plus at Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Venturing Crew levels.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Also, Mr. Herd has been a guest lecturer at the University of Houston College of Law (Admiralty course).  
  • published chapters in West's Federal Practice Manual.
  • Mr. Herd has used his extensive experience in maritime and workers’ compensation law to produce published works and teach seminars. 
  • Presentations to lawyers and adjusters on handling Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims; published chapters in West's Federal Practice Manual.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Mr. Herd represents numerous plaintiffs in Jones Act seaman cases, maritime-related claims, maritime products liability disputes, and maritime-related commercial cases. In 2009 alone, Mr. Herd successfully resolved 12 different cases in which clients received an average award of $751,888.00.

Representative Clients:

  • Have represented Jones Act seaman and other maritime workers who were seriously injured or killed on commercial vessels, ships, drilling rigs, tugs, towboats, barges and other watercraft. Have also represented drivers and passengers seriously injured from trucking wrecks and motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks, passenger cars and motorcycles. Also, victims of serious injuries from general property or product failures.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Educational Background:

  • Vanderbilt University, BA, 1978
  • University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, JD, 1983
  • LL.M. in Admiralty, Tulane University School of Law, 1984

Industry Groups

  • Arbitration
  • Maritime. General Tort
  • Mediation
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Office Location for Charles F. Herd, Jr.

19500 Tomball Parkway
Suite 250
Houston, TX 77070

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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