Biographies of ADR Legal Staff

The ADR Unit consists of a Director of ADR Programs, staff attorneys, case administrators and support personnel.  The ADR Director and legal staff are attorneys with expertise in ADR procedures.  The ADR Unit is responsible for designing, implementing, administering and evaluating the Court’s ADR Programs.  These responsibilities extend to educating litigants, lawyers, Judges, and Court staff about the ADR Program and rules.  In addition, the ADR Unit is responsible for overseeing, screening and training neutrals to serve in the Court’s ADR programs.  The ADR Director and legal staff also serve as neutrals in selected cases.

Director, ADR Program: Howard Herman

Photo of ADR Program Director Howard A. HermanHoward Herman is Director of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, where he has worked since 1997. He previously directed a California state court ADR program and co-directed an early version of what is now the Mediation Program of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mr. Herman both mediates cases and has primary responsibility for training and supervising the hundreds of lawyers who serve as volunteer neutrals in the court’s ADR programs. He is the lead trainer for the court’s mediation and ENE trainings, and he oversees a variety of continuing education programs for the neutrals who serve, including the development and leadership of innovative on-going practice groups for the court’s mediators and settlement conference judges. Mr. Herman frequently teaches negotiation and mediation related courses at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he also co-leads an annual seminar for international judges and lawyers entitled “Envisioning, Designing and Implementing Court ADR.” In addition, Mr. Herman has developed numerous ADR training courses for lawyers and judges throughout the United States and internationally.

Mr. Herman has been actively involved in the leadership of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution for many years, and was Chair of the Section in 2016. Mr. Herman previously practiced as a civil litigator with the firms of Graham & James and Kindel & Anderson in San Francisco. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his A.B., with Highest Honors, from the University of California at Berkeley

Mr. Herman was an inaugural recipient in 2002 of the Robert F. Peckham Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution presented by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and he received this award again in 2019. In 2011, he was co-recipient of the Mediation Society of San Francisco’s annual Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Mediation. In 2013, he was the inaugural recipient of the Exceptional Service Award presented by the University of California, Hastings College of the Law’s Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.

Attorney & Mediator: Tamara Lange

Photo of ADR Program Attorney & Mediator Tamara LangeTamara Lange serves as the Attorney & Mediator of the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. As the ADR Program’s Attorney & Mediator, Ms. Lange mediates cases and serves as a neutral evaluator, supervises and provides training for the attorneys who serve on the Court’s panels, and facilitates monthly advanced practice groups for the Court’s mediators.

Ms. Lange began her practice as a civil litigator in 1995 at Heller Ehrman, where she focused on insurance coverage, intellectual property, and environmental law. She later worked as a litigator at Caldwell Leslie handling intellectual property and commercial cases, and then at the National ACLU, the National Center for Youth Law, and Santa Clara County Counsel, where she was a Lead Deputy and served in lieu of the County Counsel on the California State Association of Counties’ Litigation Overview Committee. Before joining the Court, Ms. Lange had a private mediation practice and served on the Northern District’s mediation and ENE panels, as a settlement conference officer for the San Francisco Superior Court, and on mediation panels for the Alameda County Superior Court and the San Francisco Police Department’s Office of Citizen Complaints.

Ms. Lange received her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1995, where she was Order of the Coif, and her BS/BA with honors from Cornell University in 1990, where she was a College Scholar with a focus on neurobiology and behavior. She clerked for the Hon. Richard A. Paez in the Central District of California and for the Hon. William A. Fletcher at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2011, the County Counsels’ Association of California recognized Ms. Lange with the Dwight Herr Perpetual Award for Outstanding Appellate Practice.

Ms. Lange taught negotiations at Berkeley Law from 2013 to 2017.