Herbert Better

As a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Herbert Better, the founding partner of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP's Baltimore office, knows what it takes to succeed. He has applied that knowledge to his legal practice, as exemplified by his recognition in The Best Lawyers in America in five different categories Bet-The-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, White-Collar Criminal Defense, Mediation and Arbitration – and his awards for public and pro bono service. In 2014, Mr. Better was recognized by Best Lawyers as the Baltimore Mediation Lawyer of the Year, and in 2011 he was recognized by Best Lawyers as the Baltimore Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the year. Mr. Better's practice includes the representation of individuals and corporations involved in complex civil and criminal no litigation, as well as mediation and arbitration.

Before opening the Baltimore office in 1987, Mr. Better spent 14 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland, starting as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1972. He served for five years as the First Assistant US Attorney, and in 1981 he was appointed by the U.S. District Court to serve as the U.S. Attorney.

Into 2003, the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association presented Mr. Better with the Peter A. DiRito Award for his outstanding and dedicated service to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and to the Maryland Chapter. In 2001, the judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland presented Mr. Better with the Pro Bono Service Award and in 2011, they presented him with the Exceptional Service Award. He currently is a member of the U.S. District Court's Bench Bar Committee and serves as President of The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

He is a former president of the Maryland Chapter for the Federal Bar Association and of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.


American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Maryland State Bar Association

U.S. District Court Liaison Committee

U.S. District Court's Attorney Admissions Fund Committee


University of Maryland Law School, J.D., 1968

Johns Hopkins University Phi Beta Kappa, 1965



United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

United States District Court, District of Maryland

United States Tax Court



Zuckerman Spaeder LLP
100 E. Pratt Street, Suite 2440
Baltimore, MD 21202-1031

E-mail: hbetter@zuckerman.com
Phone: 410-949-1143
Fax: 410-659-0436
Website: Zuckerman.com

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