U.S. Tax Court, 2000
    U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1980
    U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1979


    Martindale Hubbell, Top Rated Lawyer, International Law and International Trade

    Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

    Boston Globe's 2015 Top Rated Lawyers

    President, Pembroke College (Oxford University) Foundation

    Former Member, University of Massachusetts-Boston McCormack Graduate School Leadership Council

    Board Member, PEN-New England

    Fellow, British-American Project

    Former First Deputy Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Revenue

    Former Managing Director, BRG&G International Strategies

    Former Vice Chairman, Boston Landmarks Commission

    Former Secretary and General Counsel, Hemingway Preservation Foundation

    Former Vice-Chair, World Affairs Council of Boston

    Former Transition Director, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine)

    Deputy National Issues Director for the 1988 Dukakis for Presidential Campaign

    Former Field Producer, CNN

    Former Free-Lance Correspondent, National Public Radio

    Co-Producer, Emmy-award winning feature film, “Live from Baghdad”

    Director and Producer, award-winning documentary, “Dateline – Saigon”


    American Bar Association


    Commissioner, Boston Landmarks Commission - 1994 - 2014

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

    Member, Board of Directors, PEN New England


    Tom produced and directed the award-winning documentary film "Dateline-Saigon," and co-produced 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, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. His clients include privately held companies, both large and small; start-up, emerging and established technology, manufacturing, and service companies; foundations, and family-owned businesses.

He counsels clients on entity selection, organization and governance, capital structure (including angel and venture capital financing), employment law, executive employment and separation agreements, mergers and acquisitions, trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property protection and licensing, and export compliance (including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, sanctions, embargoes, and export licensing). He also maintains an entertainment practice, representing authors and independent film makers.

Tom began his career as a litigator with WilmerHale and provides attractive, cost-effective alternatives to legal services available at much larger law firms.

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