Herman D. Padgett was born August 28, 1952, in Los Angeles, California.
He graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He majored in political science with a minor in history.
In 1977, he earned his Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar that same year. He is a member of the deGraffenreid Inn Chapter of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.
In 1978, he received an L.L.M. in taxation from the University of Florida. While pursuing his L.L.M. degree his master’s degree thesis was “The Income Taxation of Bankruptcy Estates”.