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Elizabeth Taylor Herd

Elizabeth Taylor Herd

also known as Betsey Herd, Betsey T. Herd

About me

I have a Masters Degree in Cardiovascular Physiology from Wake Forest University 1985.  I worked for 8 years as a Clinical Manager in the hospital industry and as a nurse educator for a national cardiac rehabilitation company.  I began my career working as a defense lawyer for insurance companies and defending medical malpractice defendants.  My practice now is exclusively for victims of medical malpractice, nursing home malpractice and automobile injuries.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 40%
    20 years, 200 cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 35%
    19 years, 75 cases
  3. Trucking Accident: 10%
    16 years, 15 cases
  4. Brain Injury: 10%
    20 years, 15 cases
  5. Birth Injury: 5%
    19 years, 10 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact info

Morgenstern & Herd

2002 Lois Avenue
Suite 150
Tampa, FL, 33607


FLMember in Good Standing199509/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Legal EliteFlorida Legal Elite2014
Top 50 Women LawyersFlorida Super Lawyers2014
Florida Legal Elite 2013Legal Trend's Legal Elite2013
Florida's Top 50 Women Lawyers 2012Super Lawyers2012
Legal EliteeFlorida Legal Elite2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Florida's Legal EliteLegal Elite2011
Named Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
SuperLawyerSuperLawyers Florida2010
Workgroup on Mammography AccessiblityFlorida Secretary of Health2004
Shoe Leather Award - Lobbying EffortsAcademy of Florida Trial Lawyers2004
Staff Appreciation Award - Florida Justice AssociationAcademy of Florida Trial Lawyers2004
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMorgenstern & Herd, P.A.2006 - Present
PartnerWagner Vaughan & McLaughlin2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2006 - 2007
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersExecutive Committee2005 - 2006
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersBoard of Directors2002 - 2010
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationMem1998 - Present
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersMember1997 - Present
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) (Hillsborough County Chapter)member1996 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Hillsborough Association for Women LawyersMember1996 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Norton v. J. B. Brockman, M.D. & Naples Surgical AssociatesConfidential settlement following pre-suit period.
Estate of Sacca v. Joseph MentkowPre-suit Policy limit settlement
UM INsurance Recovery7 Figure Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice (AAJ)Preparing for the Medical Expert's Deposition2004
Florida Academy of Trial Lawyerspreparing in advance for the medical expert's deposition2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1994
Wake Forest UniversityCardiovascular PhysiologyMasters1985
University of FloridaExercise and Sport ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Justice Association Annual MeetingNon-Delegable Duty in the Medical Negligence Case2009
Automobile SeminarAggravation of Pre-Existing Injury2007
Paralegal Fall ConventionManaging the Medical2006
Medical MalpracticeResearch for Cross Examination of the Medical Expert2006
Medical Malpractice SeminarPre-suit for Medical Malpractice2005
Annual SeminarResearch for the Cross of the Compulsory Examiner2004
Automobile SeminarPreparing Your Client for Deposition2003
Collateral Source SeminarHospital Lien Law2002