University at Albany

Q & A with Thomas C. "Tom" Herman, BA '78
Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

If you had to condense your job description into an elevator pitch, how would it read?

Tom: I am an attorney who assists clients in buying and selling businesses, forming joint ventures, raising capital and entering into complex commercial relationships.

What about your job inspires/excites you every day?

Tom: The opportunity to represent and to work alongside incredibly talented and highly motivated individuals in a variety of industries. I can honestly say that I've never been bored in my career – overstimulated perhaps, but never bored.

How did Rockefeller College prepare you for your career?

Tom: My course work in economics and political science provided me with an analytical framework and an understanding of governmental institutions that were invaluable to my law school experience and my practice. My internship for two semesters at the New York State Assembly provided practical and pragmatic experience that helped me better understand how to be an effective advocate.

What is one piece of advice you would share with a current Rockefeller student?

Tom: Take ownership of each and every project assigned to you. Ask questions. Do not assume that your superior has thought through all of the potential advantages and disadvantages of a particular course of action.

When you're not on the job, where can you be found?

Tom: At our house on Seed Lake, a small lake in the Appalachian foothills of northeast Georgia, entertaining family and friends.