Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Phone: (859) 254-0024
Fax: 859-254-5991
Email: Email Me

Thomas K. Herren, born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, has strong ties and commitments in the Central Kentucky area. Tom is a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Law. In 1994, Attorney Herren became board certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certifications (formerly NBTA), an ABA accredited organization. The requirements for certification include: numerous trials to jury verdict or judgment; continuing legal education; submission of trial court briefs for review; attorney and judicial references; proof of good standing in the legal profession; and a daylong examination on trial techniques, evidence and ethics. An attorney who has taken the extra time and effort to achieve board certification can be justifiably proud. He has also earned Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship is by invitation only to the top one percent of outstanding trial lawyers who are considered the best in their state.

Besides being lead counsel on several significant cases (more fully described below), Tom Herren has been on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys since 1988. He has served as District Vice-President. Tom is also an active member in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Fayette County Bar Association, serving on various committees.

Areas of Practice

Civil Practice of injury, death, and employment
Auto wrecks
Defective products
Truck and/or motorcycle
Medical negligence
Legal negligence


University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1980

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
B.A.Ph., Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy - 1976
Honors: Dean's List, 1975

Certified Legal Specialties

Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Legal Specialty Certifications (formerly NBTA), 1994

Bar Admissions

Kentucky, 1980

Published Works

Kentucky Automobile Litigation National Business Institute, Inc., 1991

Closing Argument, Tom Herren and Peter Perlman, Kentucky Justice Association, Kentucky Defense Counsel Joint Seminar, 2009

Indemnity - Passive vs. Active Negligence, Tom Herren, Kentucky Justice Association, Seminar, 2003

Representative Cases

Elizabeth Watts, as next friend for Chad Watts v. Kentucky, S & H, a partnership 957 S.W. 2d 233 (KY, 97)
Tonya Oliver v. -------, M.D. 117 S.W. 3d 661 (Kentucky App., 2003)
Timothy DeRossete v. Idab, Inc. Unpublished affirmed appeal, 1992
Tina Bryant, et al v. Mid-states Plastics, 245 S.W. 3 d 728 (Kentucky, 2008)
Walter McKinney v. Ky Farm Bureau Ins., 831 S.W. 2d 164 (Kentucky, 1992)


Evolving Torts, KATA
Trying Auto Injury Case in Kentucky, National Business Institute, Inc., 1990 - Present

Honors and Awards

Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers

National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Advocate, 1994 - Present

Kentucky Justice Association, Board of Directors, 1986 - Present

2017 Kentucky Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer of the Year by Kentucky Trial Court Review [Having $3M plus verdicts in 2017]

  • Two of the cases were car collision cases with difficult fault questions
  • Professional Associations and Memberships

    Kentucky Justice Association , Member, 1981 - Present
    Kentucky Bar Association , Member, 1980 - Present
    Fayette County Bar Association , Member, 1980 - Present
    American Association of Justice , Member, 1985 - Present
    American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    Kentucky Justice Association, Board of Directors, 1986
    National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Advocate, 1994

    Past Employment Positions

    Fayette County, Assistant Prosecutor, 1984 - 1989
    Peter Perlman Law Offices, Associate, 1985 - 1987
    Hays, Moss & Lynn, Partner, 1987 - 1990

    Community Involvement

    Board member Metro Group Homes, Inc.
    Board Chairman, Admin. Bd. of So. Hills U. Methodist Church
    Little League Baseball Coach
    Fay. Co. Bar Assoc. Law Referral Comm.


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