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Joshua G. Herman

Attorney at Law
Josh Herman possesses a broad range of experience that has given him a unique perspective when navigating complex legal problems and challenging assumptions. Over the course of his career, he has represented multinational corporations in complicated litigation as well as indigent individuals who have been lost in the carceral system. His practice is now dedicated to defending individuals who face criminal investigations and prosecutions, with an overall focus on protecting civil liberties and constitutional rights.

Josh graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from DePaul University College of Law. As a member of the Center for Justice in Capital Cases at DePaul, he helped represent individuals who faced capital punishment at both the State and Federal levels.

After graduation, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable James B. Moran in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Josh then began his practice at McDermott Will & Emery.

At McDermott Will & Emery Josh was a member of the Trial and White-Collar Defense practice groups. His practice involved representing both individuals and companies in a broad range of complex civil and criminal matters. Josh dedicated a substantial portion of his practice to criminal cases and pro bono matters, and his accomplishments include obtaining a reversal of a conviction for money laundering in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and obtaining a judgment of acquittal after a federal jury found an individual guilty of making false statements.

Josh then joined the Cook County Public Defender where he gained extensive litigation experience at the state court level while defending individuals who had limited access to counsel. He tried numerous matters before both judge and jury on a wide variety of matters.

Following the Cook County Public Defender, Josh reentered private practice and joined Durkin & Roberts in Chicago. At Durkin & Roberts, Josh was a part of a top criminal defense litigation firm, known nationally for its work in the most complex criminal matters. He worked on federal trials ranging from material support for terrorism in San Diego to health care fraud in New York. He gained extensive experience on national security cases, including the motion practice and argument leading to the first and only proceeding to-date where a federal judge ordered disclosure of FISA-related materials to cleared defense counsel.

Josh then formed the Law Office of Joshua G. Herman, LLC in order to draw upon his deep experience with criminal law at the federal and state levels. He continues to defend the interests of individuals, especially those charged with or under investigation in complex criminal matters and those who face prosecution for constitutionally protected conduct.


Professional Experience

Durkin & Roberts
Cook County Public Defender
McDermott Will & Emery LLP


The Honorable James B. Moran (N.D. Ill.)


DePaul University College of Law
-Summa Cum Laude
-Order of Coif
-Law Review Symposium Editor
-Certificate in Criminal Law

University of Michigan
-With Honors


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, N.D. Texas
U.S. District Court, N.D. Indiana
U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois


National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys


Death Denies Due Process: Evaluating Due Process Challenges to the Federal Death Penalty Act, 53 DEPAUL L. REV. 1777 (2004)
Identifying Privacy: An Introduction, 54 DEPAUL L. REV. 657 (2005)
Cleaning Up the Federal Money Laundering Statute: United States v. Santos and United States v. Cuellar, American Bar Association, Committee on Criminal Litigation, Volume 8, No. III, Spring 2008
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