The Honorable James E. Herman

Santa Barbara County Superior Court

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Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department Santa Barbara - 1 (website)

Anacapa Division: (805) 882-4520

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Hon. James E. Herman is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Barbara County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2005 to succeed James B. Jennings.

Herman is a Democrat.

He learned Chinese while serving in the U.S. Air Force, and has worked pro bono for Chinese-speaking clients. Before attending law school, Herman did sound and lighting work at Disney World.


  • J.D. from California Western Law School (1975)
  • B.A. from University of California at Santa Barbara (1971)


  • Partner at Reicker, Pfau, Pyle, McRoy and Herman (1999 to 2005)
  • Partner at Rogers, Sheffield and Herman (1987 to 1999)
  • Associate at Goux, Romasanta and Cappello (1984 to 1987)
  • Deputy public defender at Public defender (until 1984)