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

Howard Herman

Howard 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 served as Director of ADR Programs for Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez, California, and as co-director of what was then known as the Office of Settlement Conference Attorneys of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (now known as the Ninth Circuit Mediation Program).

Mr. Herman both mediates cases and has primary responsibility for training and supervising the hundreds of lawyers who serve as volunteer neutrals on the court’s ADR panels. He serves as 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 also teaches negotiation and mediation courses at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and he has developed numerous ADR training courses for lawyers and judges throughout the United States and in Germany, Guam, India, Jordan, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Thailand.

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. He 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.

In 2002, Mr. Herman was an inaugural recipient of the Robert F. Peckham Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution presented by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 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

Portrait of Tamara Lange
Tamara Lange joined the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California in 2015. As the ADR Program’s Attorney & Mediator, Ms. Lange mediates cases, serves as a resource for and supervises the attorneys who serve on the Court’s mediation and early neutral evaluation panels, facilitates monthly advanced practice groups for the Court’s mediators, and works with counsel to identify the most suitable ADR process and timing to support parties’ settlement efforts.

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.