James D. Herschlein

Former Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Kaye Scholer LLP

James D. Herschlein

James D. Herschlein

Former Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Kaye Scholer LLP

Biography

James D. Herschlein is co-chair of the firm’s Complex Litigation group. A nationally known litigator who has represented some of the world's largest organizations in a multitude of cases before judges, juries and arbitral or governmental bodies throughout the United States, Mr. Herschlein has a broad range of trial and litigation experience that includes cases involving complex contractual disputes, product liability litigation, and intellectual property matters.

Mr. Herschlein also serves as an integral member of both the firm's Life Sciences Group and Product Liability Group. In 2014, the Life Sciences Group was recognized as practice group of the year by Law360. Similarly, the Product Liability Group was recognized in 2013 as "Product Liability Practice Group of the Year" by Law360 and was one of eight practice groups to be shortlisted for "Product Liability Firm of the Year" at the 2013 Chambers USA Awards for Excellence.

Mr. Herschlein has substantial experience representing manufacturers in product liability lawsuits in state and federal courts, including the trial of individual claims and the coordination of the nationwide defense and multidistrict litigation proceedings of hundreds of cases arising from the recall of medical devices, pharmaceutical products and consumer products, among others.

Mr. Herschlein received his JD from St. John's University School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the Law Review.

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Former Co-Chair, Civil Support Division at The Legal Aid Society

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Chief Legal Officer (Interim) at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.

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Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP

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James D. Herschlein
Former Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Kaye Scholer LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1985

Celebrating over 80 years of excellence in legal education, St. John’s School of Law has produced lawyers who have distinguished themselves in practice, government, and the judiciary. Among our graduates are former New York governors Mario M. Cuomo and Hugh L. Carey, former Court of Appeals Judges Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick and Theodore T. Jones, and the School’s former Dean and former Court of Appeals Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa. The law school plays a prominent role in the New York City legal community, imbuing all that it does with the University’s Vincentian tradition.

AB, magna cum laude
Class of 1982

Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation. Boston College has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including a 75 percent increase in undergraduate applications over the past decade, to more than 34,000 for the 2,250 seats in its freshman class. During the same period, an increase in voluntary giving from alumni has helped to move the University's endowment to approximately $1.9 billion. Boston College students have also earned more than 200 prestigious academic scholarships over the past decade, including 2 Rhodes Scholarships, 4 Marshalls, 9 Goldwaters and 162 Fulbright grants.

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Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

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TO EXPAND KNOWLEDGE AND ADVANCE JUSTICE THROUGH INNOVATIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY, AND RIGOROUS EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON THE LAW.

Career History
Chair, Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group
Prior

Kaye Scholer LLP is a law firm representing public and private companies, governmental entities, financial institutions and other organizations. The firm offers litigation, corporate, real estate, bankruptcy tax, and trust & estates services. It was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Current

The Legal Aid Society is a private, not-for-profit legal services organization, the oldest and largest in the nation, dedicated since 1876 to providing quality legal representation to low-income New Yorkers. It is dedicated to one simple but powerful belief: that no New Yorker should be denied access to justice because of poverty. The Society handles 300,000 individual cases and matters annually and provides a comprehensive range of legal services in three areas: the Civil, Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices. Unlike the Society's Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices, which are constitutionally mandated and supported by government, the Civil Practice relies heavily on private contributions.

Vice President, Executive Committee
Prior

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

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2010

St. John's University is a private, Catholic university in New York City. The school was founded in 1870 by the Congregation of the Mission (C.M., the Vincentian Fathers) with a mission to provide a growing immigrant population with quality higher education. Originally located in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the flagship campus was moved to its current location in the Queens borough during the 1950s. St. John's has additional New York City campuses in Staten Island and Manhattan, as well as the Long Island Graduate Center in Hauppauge, New York. Additionally, the university has international campuses located in Rome, Italy, Paris, France, and Limerick, Ireland. The university is under the patronage of Saint John the Baptist.

$1,000 - $2,499
2008

St. John's University is a private, Catholic university in New York City. The school was founded in 1870 by the Congregation of the Mission (C.M., the Vincentian Fathers) with a mission to provide a growing immigrant population with quality higher education. Originally located in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the flagship campus was moved to its current location in the Queens borough during the 1950s. St. John's has additional New York City campuses in Staten Island and Manhattan, as well as the Long Island Graduate Center in Hauppauge, New York. Additionally, the university has international campuses located in Rome, Italy, Paris, France, and Limerick, Ireland. The university is under the patronage of Saint John the Baptist.

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2006

St. John's University is a private, Catholic university in New York City. The school was founded in 1870 by the Congregation of the Mission (C.M., the Vincentian Fathers) with a mission to provide a growing immigrant population with quality higher education. Originally located in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the flagship campus was moved to its current location in the Queens borough during the 1950s. St. John's has additional New York City campuses in Staten Island and Manhattan, as well as the Long Island Graduate Center in Hauppauge, New York. Additionally, the university has international campuses located in Rome, Italy, Paris, France, and Limerick, Ireland. The university is under the patronage of Saint John the Baptist.

Political Donations
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2020

Representative at Office of the Representative from New York's 1st District, Lee Zeldin

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2016

Professor at University of Notre Dame

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2016

Former Clerk at US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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James D. Herschlein is affiliated with Kaye Scholer LLP, The Legal Aid Society, New York City Bar Association

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