Herbert Wachtell graduated Harvard Law School (LLM) in 1955. He holds an LLB from New York University School of Law (1954, Order of the Coif, Root-Tilden Scholar) and a BS from New York University (1952, Phi Beta Kappa).
He was editor of the New York University Law Review from 1953-1954 and assistant US attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1955 to 1957. He is author of New York Practice Under the CPLR (first edition, 1963, now in its sixth edition, 1986, Practicing Law Institute).
Herbert is a fellow of American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the American Law Institute, American Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York Bar Foundation.