Thomas K. Herren

Thomas K. Herren

Lexington, Kentucky

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
  • Falls
  • Alcohol
  • Truck and/or motorcycle
  • Medical negligence
  • Legal negligence

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1980


  • 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

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

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • 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.


  • Sigma Chi