Jerry Pappert

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Jerry Pappert
44th Attorney General of Pennsylvania
In office
December 15, 2003 – January 18, 2005
Acting: December 15, 2003 – February 2, 2004
Governor Ed Rendell
Preceded by Michael Fisher
Succeeded by Tom Corbett
Personal details
Born (1963-05-15) May 15, 1963 (age 51)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Villanova University
University of Notre Dame

Gerald J. "Jerry" Pappert (born May 15, 1963) is a Pennsylvania attorney in private practice and a former Pennsylvania Attorney General. He is a pending nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Pappert was born on May 15, 1963, in Albany, New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1985 from Villanova University. He received a Juris Doctorate in 1988 from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He began his legal career at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP, from 1988 to 1997. He served as the First Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, from 1997 to 2003, and as the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, from 2003 to 2005. He was a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, from 2005 to 2008. He served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Cephalon, Inc., from 2008 to 2012. Since 2012, he has been a partner at Cozen O'Connor. He concurrently serves as Chair of the Pennsylvania Banking and Securities Commission.[1][2]


When he was chief of staff to Michael Fisher, the political website PoliticsPA named him to their "Pennsylvania's Smartest Staffers and Operatives" list, saying that he "adds brainpower to the Office of Attorney General."[3]

Nomination to district court[edit]

On June 16, 2014, President Obama nominated Pappert to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to the seat vacated by Judge Stewart Dalzell, who took senior status on October 31, 2013. His nomination is currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[4]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Michael Fisher
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Tom Corbett