|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico|
|Assumed office |
March 28, 2006
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico|
|Preceded by||Juan R. Torruella|
|Succeeded by||Gilberto Gierbolini-Ortiz|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico|
December 6, 1979 – March 28, 2006
|Appointed by||Jimmy Carter|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629|
|Succeeded by||Francisco Besosa|
Juan Manuel Pérez-Giménez
March 28, 1941
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|Education||University of Puerto Rico (B.A.)|
George Washington University (M.B.A.)
University of Puerto Rico School of Law (LL.B.)
Juan Manuel Pérez-Giménez (born March 28, 1941) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Education and career
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pérez-Giménez received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1963, a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University in 1965, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1968. He was in private practice San Juan from 1968 to 1971, and was then an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico from 1971 to 1975. He was a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Puerto Rico from 1975 to 1979.
Federal judicial service
On October 23, 1979, Pérez-Giménez was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 5, 1979, and received his commission the following day. He served as Chief Judge from 1984 to 1991, and assumed senior status on March 28, 2006.
On October 21, 2014, Pérez-Giménez upheld Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage, but the 1st Circuit sent the case back to the trial court after the Supreme Court's June 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down marriage bans nationwide. The appeals court ordered Pérez-Giménez to "further consider" the matter "in light of Obergefell," adding that the appeals court judges "agree with the parties…that the ban is unconstitutional." Nonetheless, in March 2016, Pérez-Giménez upheld the ban for a second time, ruling that the Supreme Court's ruling does not apply to a territory like Puerto Rico. On April 7, 2016, the Court of Appeals overturned Pérez-Giménez' ruling, stating that it "errs in so many respects that it is hard to know where to begin." The case was assigned to a different judge for final disposition.
- Juan Manuel Perez-Gimenez at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Juan R. Torruella
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico