Massachusetts, 1978


    U.S. Tax Court, 2000

    U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1980

    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1979


    Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer in International Law & International Trade, 2012

    Boston Globe’s 2015 Top Rated Lawyers of 2015

    Martindale Hubbell Rated “AV” (Preeminent)


    American Bar Association


    Commissioner, Boston Landmarks Commission

    Member, Massachusetts Secretary of State Steve Grossman’s Online Products (Gaming) Task Force, 2012


    Tom was a Co-Producer of the Emmy-award winning feature film, “Live from Baghdad.”

Thomas D. Herman, Partner

Thomas D. Herman heads Smith Duggan Buell & Rufo’s corporate and international law practices. He represents corporations, LLC’s, partnerships, non-profit organizations, and individuals. His clients include privately held companies, both large and small; start-up and established technology, manufacturing, and service companies; foundations, and family businesses. He counsels his clients on entity selection and organization, capital structure (including angel and venture capital financing), employment law, mergers and acquisitions, trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property protection and licensing, and export compliance (including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA], sanctions, embargoes, and export licensing). In his entertainment practice, he represents authors and independent filmmakers.

Tom is President of the Pembroke College (Oxford) Foundation, is a member of the University of Massachusetts-Boston McCormack Graduate School Leadership Council, and is a board member of PEN-New England. He is a fellow of the British-American Project. He has served as First Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and Managing Director of BRG&G International Strategies in Boston. He is a former Vice Chairman of the Boston Landmarks Commission, Secretary and General Counsel of the Hemingway Preservation Foundation, and Vice-Chair of the World Affairs Council of Boston. In 2013, he served as Transition Director for United States Senator Angus King (I-Maine).  Tom was also Deputy National Issues Director for the 1988 Dukakis for President campaign.  Tom was a field producer for CNN and free-lance correspondent for National Public Radio.