Attorney Spotlight: Pedro Herrera

In what area of law do you practice and why did you choose this?

I specialize in transactional practice, primarily handling commercial real estate deals and
corporate governance. I’m driven by a passion for finding straightforward solutions to challenging
issues. I strongly believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; my work is
dedicated to enhancing the value of each transaction, ensuring my clients secure the best
possible outcomes today and tomorrow.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Raised in a first-generation immigrant family, I grew up with the mantra that hard work could
make any dream attainable. My ambitions were literally sky-high—I wanted to be an astronaut!
My earliest memory from my school years is reading about Mae Jemison and becoming
obsessed with all things NASA.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer?

I’d probably be doing something related to psychology. I’ve always seen law and psychology as
two sides of the same coin—while law is about delineating the boundaries of societal norms and
conduct, psychology delves into understanding the motivations behind our actions and the
reasons those boundaries are necessary.

When you are not working, what would people find you doing?

Playing retro video games like Castlevania, Metroid, or The Legend of Zelda —can’t beat the
classics.

What is your favorite part of practicing law?

Learning about the many, many specialized areas of law. One of the more unexpected
discoveries I’ve made were related to ‘Tree Law.’ It’s an area you might not even think exists
until you find out about the number of surrounding tree ownership and responsibility. For
instance, there are actual legal guidelines governing situations like when a neighbor’s tree
grows over the property line, leading to courtroom discussions over tree maintenance,
damages, and ownership. Law touches so many aspects of our lives, sometimes without us
even knowing!
That, and working with clients from all walks of life. Every client brings with them a unique set
of circumstances and challenges, reflecting the complexity of life and the myriad ways it can
intersect with legal issues. This variability not only keeps me on my toes but also keeps things
interesting. Each day presents a new story, a new context, and a novel way for me to
approach what I already know, and adapt it to the needs and situations of my clients.

What is a recent good book you read?

The 2021 Minnesota Standards for Title Examination–does that count?

What advice would you give to the young version of yourself who is just entering law school?

1) Chill out, you belong here.
2) Forget everything you think you know about writing.
3) Try not to take Tax I via Zoom, trust me.

What might people be surprised to know about you?

I’m a bit of a Rubiks cube fan—if you have any lying around that need solving, send them my
way!

What is your strongest asset?

I’d say my curiosity is my strongest asset. There’s a certain thrill I feel when I learn about
new things, and I think this spark for the unknown has really gotten me to where I am today.
To be fair, it’s also gotten me into trouble— turns out, hours can slip by when you’re lost in a
Wikipedia rabbit hole.