Judge Pierre Bergeron


     Judge Pierre H. Bergeron was elected to the First District Court of Appeals in November 2018 following a career as one of the leading appellate lawyers in the region. 

    Judge Bergeron began his career clerking for the Honorable David A. Nelson on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He then he joined the international firm of Squire Patton Boggs, eventually chairing their Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group.  Judge Bergeron argued in federal and state appellate courts across the country and was one of only a handful of lawyers in Ohio who have argued more than once before the United States Supreme Court.   

    Active as well in pro bono matters while in practice, Judge Bergeron founded the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of Cincinnati College of Law to enable students to have the chance to represent indigent clients on appeal.  Judge Bergeron won pro bono appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Kentucky Supreme Court, and the Sixth Circuit.  

    Judge Bergeron has also been active in bar and related activities.  He served as president of the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association and chaired the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Court of Appeals committee. He is frequently asked to serve on court-related committees and to speak at CLE presentations about appellate practice.  

    Judge Bergeron graduated from Centre College and then from the University of Virginia School of Law. A native of Tennessee, he and his wife Jennifer moved to Cincinnati after law school and they have lived here for 20 years.  They live with their two children in Mt. Lookout, and their rescue lab, which is Judge Bergeron’s constant running companion.