Patrick W. Herman

  • B.A. Political Science, Virginia Tech
  • M.S.A. Master of Science in Administration, George Washington University
  • J.D.,  Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
  • M.L.&T., College of William & Mary
Jurisdiction Licensed
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
Professional & Community Activities
  • 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
Notable Accomplishments
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating
  • Virginia Business, “Virginia Legal Elite” 
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®: Tax Law; Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law 
  • Thomson Reuters, “Virginia Super Lawyers”
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly, Virginia’s Leaders in the Law (Class of 2013)
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine, “Top Lawyers” – Tax Law and Wills, Trusts & Estates

Pat Herman is senior tax attorney at Vandeventer Black, having a tax degree and 39 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 is currently assisting “third generation” members of previous clients’ families.

Pat also assists clients with state and local tax issues, as well as the Virginia Watercraft Tax. For his ERISA pension and welfare benefits, 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; First Flight Scholarship Fund and the Outer Banks Community Foundation.


Pat was born in Charlotte, NC, and grew up in Northern Virginia, (Falls Church). After receiving his B.S. degree from Virginia Tech, he served in the U.S. Army on active duty and obtained his Master’s degree from George Washington University while living in Lee Hall, Virginia. After obtaining his law and tax degrees, he now enjoys practicing in both Hampton Roads, Virginia, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Representative Matters
  • General Co-Counsel, Hampton Roads Shipping Association; International Longshoremen’s Association of Pension & Welfare Benefit Funds.
  • Counsel – numerous retired residents of Hampton Roads, Virginia, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
  • Counsel to IBEW local 1340 Maintenance Employees’ Retirement Fund 401(k) Profit-Sharing Plan & Trust.
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