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Charles F. Herd, Jr.

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Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Houston, TX

Herd Law Firm, PLLC
19500 Tomball Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77070
Phone: 713-955-1318
Fax: 281-462-5180
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Transportation/Maritime (50%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%), Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Charles F. Herd Jr. is a maritime attorney and the founder of Herd Law Firm in Houston, Texas. Concentrating his practice exclusively on admiralty and maritime law, Mr. Herd serves clients throughout Houston. 

A practicing attorney for over 35 years, Mr. Herd handles maritime-related commercial matters, maritime-related product liability claims, cases under the Jones Act and other general maritime-related claims. He is experienced with litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. He has practiced admiralty and maritime law throughout his legal career. 

Mr. Herd serves as a guest lecturer for an admiralty course at the University of Houston Law Center. He is a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, a board member of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association and a member of the Houston Mariners Club, the Propeller Club of Houston and the Port of Louisville Propeller Club.

Additionally, Mr. Herd belongs to the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Northwest Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. He serves his community through volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, sitting on the board of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and serving as chair of the Cypress Creek Parkway management district task force.

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Mr. Herd earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He went on to receive his law degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He also holds a master of laws degree in admiralty from Tulane University School of Law. He holds licenses to practice law before several state and federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Transportation/Maritime
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
Focus Areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Arbitration, Mediation


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

About Charles F. Herd, Jr.

First Admitted: 1983, Kentucky

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Cypress Creek Cultural District: Chair of Fundraising Committee (2016)
  • Leadership Houston (member of Class XXI)
  • Member and Occasional Class Teacher: Faithbridge Church, Spring
  • The Mariners Club of Houston (various offices held, including Skipper 1999-2000)
  • Texas Bar Foundation; Life Fellow (2017 to date)
  • Mariners Club of the Port of New Orleans
  • Mr. Herd is chair of the Cypress Creek Parkway Management District Task Force., 2020
  • Mr. Herd is on the Board of Leadership North Houston, 2020
  • Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce: Board Member (2018-2020); member of the Public Policy Council (2017-2018); chair of Governmental Affairs and Transportation Forum (2015-2017)
  • Advisory and Fundraising Committee Member, Houston Maritime Museum (2016-17)
  • Mr. Herd is also a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. , 2020
  • 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, Eagle Scout, National Eagle Scout Association, former District Recruiting Chairman, currently, District Finance Chairman; Wood Badge; Powder Horn; Assistant Scoutmaster; Order of the Arrow (Brotherhood member); founder and board-member: Friends of 1323 (a non-profit Scouting-related charity); NRA-certified Range Safety Officer; Alan T. Smith Scouting Spirit  Award (2013); counselor for numerous merit badges; successfully completed 110+ mile trek, Philmont Scout Ranch (summer 2017). Houston Rotary Club (former member).

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “Dangers of Distracted Driving”, “The Importance of Jury Service”; presenter to approx. 530 high school students, Klein Cain High School (2017) and Tomball High School (2019)
  • Presentations to lawyers and adjusters on handling Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims; 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. 
  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Western District of Kentucky
  • Texas Navy Association, Admiral (2015 to date)
  • Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • American Association of Justice, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Board Member 2020)
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Credentialed Mediator, with advanced training; member, Texas Association of Mediators; Texas Mediation Credentialing Association, trained mediator by A. A. White Dispute Resolution Center, Harris County Dispute Resolution Center
  • State Bar of Texas; Louisiana State Bar Association; Kentucky Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; Houston Bar Association  
  • Texas Navy Association, Member
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Christian Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trained Arbitrator, the Houston Maritime Arbitration Association (also Board Member and mediation representative)
  • Houston Northwest Bar Association, officer
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Association
  • The Propeller Club of the United States, Houston and Louisville Chapters. 
  • American, Louisiana and Texas Associations for Justice
  • President: Houston Northwest Bar Association (2017-2018)


  • , Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2014-2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Alan T. Smith Scouting Spirit Award, 2013

Educational Background

  • Tulane University Law School, LL.M – Master of Laws in Admiralty, 1984
  • Vanderbilt University, BA, 1978

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Also licensed: Louisiana, New York, Kentucky, Supreme Court of the United States, 2005, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Proctor member: the Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1985, 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


  • 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.

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

Phone: 713-955-1318

Fax: 281-462-5180

Last Updated: 6/22/2021

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