Lee E. Herman, a member of the Hirsch & Westheimer executive committee, has established a diverse business practice since joining the firm in 1985.
He has negotiated the purchase and sale of many small and medium-sized businesses; including many eight-figure transactions involving the purchases of packages of grocery stores, the purchase of grocery store chains and the sale of oil and gas service businesses.
Lee represented the sellers in a transaction listed by M&A Advisor in its 2013 International M&A Awards and a seller in a transaction listed by the M&A Advisor in its 2014 M&A Advisor Awards.
Lee also represents clients in the structuring and organization of corporations, general partnerships, limited liability companies and limited partnerships; and work-outs of delinquent loans. In addition, his practice includes regularly advising privately held companies on day-to-day legal issues and representing landlords and tenants in lease negotiations.
At times, his practice has included representation of clients in environmental matters. He has been involved in negotiating agreements protecting sellers and buyers from environmental liability; facilitating the sale and purchase of contaminated properties; complying with underground storage tank, voluntary cleanup, and wetland regulations; and representing environmental consulting firms.
As a lifelong Houstonian, Lee has avidly followed the development of Houston’s real estate. That passion has led him to develop a significant practice in representing buyers and sellers or raw land and improved real estate, developers, landlords and tenants. In connection that practice, Lee has represented borrowers in real estate-secured loan negotiations.
Lee graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 1985, where he was admitted as a member of the Order of the Coif. Prior to law school, Lee graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1979 and was on the editorial staff of The Galveston Daily News.
Thanks to his wife’s interest in showing her second grade class how chickens are hatched from eggs, Lee has also become a weekend farmer of sorts.