Herbert Zuckerman was born in Maplewood, New Jersey. After graduating from Columbia High School, he earned his B.S. from Lehigh University and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years.
He was admitted to the bar of New Jersey in 1957. He opened his own law firm and practiced in Newark, New Jersey for many years. In 1981, Zuckerman and his then junior partner, Larry Horn, joined the Firm where Zuckerman became a named partner of Sills, Beck, Cummis, Zuckerman, Radin & Tischman. He specialized in tax law until he retired in 1998.
Zuckerman was probably one of less than a handful of New Jersey attorneys at the time with equal experience and skills in criminal tax fraud, adversarial tax controversies, estate planning and transactional corporate tax matters. He was also one of a very few attorneys who was certified as a civil and criminal trial attorney.
He was active in many civic and charitable organizations. He served as President of the Metropolitan New Jersey Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, was a member of the National Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee and served on the Board of the Mental Health Association of Essex County. He was also involved with the Jewish Federation of Essex County, New Jersey and the Boys Club of Newark.
He was a member of Mensa.
Hallmarks were his graciousness and being someone who was respected by friends and adversaries alike.