Patrick W. Herman

Patrick W. Herman: Attorney with Vandeventer Black LLP


Pat Herman is senior tax attorney at Vandeventer Black, having a tax degree and 35 years of experience. Pat’s practice is focused on estate planning, employee benefits and ERISA matters, general tax planning, and exempt organizations. He is licensed to practice in Virginia and North Carolina, sharing time in our Norfolk and Kitty Hawk offices, with regular visits to our Richmond Office to assist clients with sophisticated tax planning.

Tax, trust and estate planning, and administration are a major part of Pat’s tax practice. He enjoys assisting families with successful wealth transfer planning and techniques, including the use of family limited liability companies, succession planning, “dynasty” and special needs trusts. Protecting family members while preserving family harmony and saving taxes is the goal.

Pat also assists clients with state and local tax issues, as well as the Virginia Watercraft Tax. For his ERISA practice, he represents individual Employer sponsored plans, Taft-Hartly Multi-Employer Plans, and local (governmental) plans.

Pat enjoys contributing to the community through his participation on the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation Board, where he serves as General Counsel.

Pat has also enjoyed being able to serve on the boards, provide counsel to numerous tax-exempt organizations, including the Living River Restoration Trust, Virginia International Terminals, Inc.; Virginia Maritime Association; Pea Island Preservation Society; Corolla Wild Horse Fund; Angel Kiss Foundation; Fisher House of Richmond; Eastern Seaboard Trust; Agena Foundation; Cape Hatteras Electric Membership Corporation; Center for Hope & Healing; John R. Lilliard Scholarship Foundation; Norfolk Medical Society; Virginia Airport Authority; First Flight Scholarship Fund and the Outer Banks Community Foundation.


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Virginia Business, “Virginia Legal Elite” (2008, 2010-11)

Listed in Best Lawyers in America : Tax Law (2007-18); Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law (2015-18)

Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers” (2011-18); “Virginia Rising Stars” (2008-09)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Virginia’s Leaders in the Law (Class of 2013)

Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” - Tax Law and Wills, Trusts & Estates (2017-18)


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•Twenty-two Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers
•27 Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named ‘The Best Lawyers in America’ of 2018
•Vandeventer Black Attorneys Recognized as Virginia Super Lawyers
•Four Vandeventer Black Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year for 2017
•25 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Named Best Lawyers In America 2017
•12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers
•Congratulations to the Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Virginia Legal Elite
•24 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Included in the Best Lawyers in America 2016
•12 Vandeventer Black LLP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers



(Also at Kitty Hawk Office)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Business Law
  • ERISA & Employee Benefits
  • Labor & Employment
  • International Business
  • Tax
  • Trust & Estate
  • Estate Planning

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
757.446.8621  Phone
757.446.8670  Fax
University Attended:
Virginia Tech, B.A., Political Science; George Washington University, M.S.A., Master of Science in Administration; The College of William & Mary, M.L.&T., Masters of Law and Taxation
Law School Attended:
The College of William & Mary, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
1982, Virginia; 1998, North Carolina


The Living River Restoration Trust, Director

General Douglas MacArthur Foundation, Director and General Counsel

Outer Banks Community Foundation, Tax Counsel

American Bar Association - Section on Taxation

North Carolina Bar Association - Section on Trust and Estate

Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council

Hampton Roads Tax Forum

Birth Information:
Charlotte, North Carolina, September 12, 1952
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters; General Co-Counsel, Hampton Roads Shipping Association; International Longshoremen's Association of Pension & Welfare Benefit Funds
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (1 review)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

  • Analytical Capability

  • Judgment

  • Communication

  • Legal Experience


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Norfolk, Virginia

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