Lisa Herman is a partner at Abrams Fensterman, LLP and a member of the firm’s Mental Health Law Practice Group, the only family-focused mental healthcare practice in the country. Ms. Herman focuses her practice on Mental Health Law and Elder Law with a particular concentration in working with individuals and families facing psychiatric diagnoses, substance abuse issues, and other disabilities to help them navigate the complex legal and mental health systems that impact them.
Ms. Herman has over 24 years experience in the fields of Mental Health Law and Elder Law having represented thousands of clients in psychiatric treatment proceedings, civil commitment hearings, retention hearings and jury trials, Kendra’s Law applications (Assisted Outpatient Treatment), Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 guardianship and turnover proceedings, and Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act Article 17A guardianship proceedings. Ms. Herman has lectured extensively on issues related to guardianship proceedings for the New York State Bar Association, the Westchester County Bar Association, The Judicial Institute, New York Law School, and Pace Law School.
Prior to joining Abrams Fensterman, Ms. Herman was employed as a Deputy Chief Attorney with the Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Appellate Division Second Judicial Department where, in addition to representing and advocating for clients with psychiatric and other disabilities, she was responsible for overseeing the staff and legal operations of the Mental Hygiene Legal Service’s offices located within the 9th Judicial District.
Ms. Herman is eligible to receive court appointments in Bronx County, New York County, Westchester County, Rockland County, Orange County, Dutchess County and Putnam County as Court Evaluator, Attorney for the Alleged Incapacitated Person, Counsel to Guardian and Guardian Ad Litem pursuant to Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge of the New York State Unified Court System.
Ms. Herman earned a J.D. from New York Law School and a B.A. from the University of Maryland. She is admitted to practice law in New York State.
- New York Law School, J.D., Cum Laude
- University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland – B.A.
Professional Associations and Memberships
New York State Bar Association
- Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Member
- Women in Law Section, Member
Westchester County Bar Association
- Adult Guardianship Committee, Member
- Elder Law Committee, Member
- Health Law Committee, Member
- Women in the Law Committee, Member
Westchester Women’s Bar Association
- Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties