Carol Herman is a native of South Tampa, whose family established and operated the popular Mirabella’s seafood restaurant in Tampa, which arose from her grandfather’s early 20th century fishing boats and seafood market on the docks of Tampa Bay. A graduate of Plant High, Carol was head majorette during her senior year. She continued this sport during her years at the University of Tampa, where she earned her Teaching degree. The mother of three children (and now grandmother to her children’s eight children), Carol’s interest in law began when she was one of the many Eastern Airlines employees who watched their wages and benefits disappear when the airline filed for bankruptcy. Earning her initial law degree as a night student at Atlanta Law School, while working shifts at Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, Carol became a member of the Georgia Bar in 1992. Her work in the Georgia legal profession included services in tobacco litigation cases for the Atlanta law firm of King and Spaulding, LLP and teaching as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School.
To attain a license to practice law in Florida, Carol enrolled at Stetson College of Law in 1994, where she earned her second Juris Doctorate degree and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1997. Serving initially as an attorney at the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s office, Carol dealt with worker’s compensation law at the law firm of Styles, Taylor and Grace and provided debt litigation services for Asset Acceptance Corp. During her work from 2002-2011 at an Orlando law firm’s prepaid insurance department, Carol was a four-time recipient of the “Member’s Choice” award for her work providing advice and services to policy holders in Florida. The Member’s Choice award winners are selected by policy holders who vote on their preference of the attorneys who have served them each year.
In addition to practicing law, Carol enjoys quality time with her eight grandchildren, cares for her three Maltese dogs and participates in church and civic activities. When her husband, Harley earns sufficient “good husband points”, Carol also attends and participates in Harley’s civic and bar activities.