David Herr, president of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters in Minneapolis and a partner in the litigation group at Maslon is quoted in The Texas Lawyer
, June 16, 2008. In the article
titled "Appointment of Assistant to Special Master Rare, Attorneys Say," journalist Jenny B. Davis discusses the appointment of Alberto Gonzales as Assistant to Special Master in DataTreasury Corp. v. Wells Fargo & Co., et al., being heard in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas.
On the appointment of masters, Herr states, "they're a form of judicial adjunct performing quasi-judicial functions under the supervision of a judge, and they often bring expertise or available resources to litigation problems to help get cases resolved." Herr adds "neither special masters nor their assistants need be attorneys. In cases involving detailed financial accountings or complex technologies, accountants and engineers are often used."
David Herr is a highly regarded appellate lawyer and complex case litigator. He is frequently sought out to provide practical and sophisticated advice on how to resolve difficult, multi-party disputes in trial courts and arbitral forums, as well as in the appellate courts. David is past President (2006-2007) of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, current President (2007-2008) of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters and regularly argues cases in the Minnesota appellate courts and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. He annotates the Federal Judicial Center's Manual for Complex Litigation,
published and distributed nationally by Thomson/West.