The Hon. Dean D. Pregerson is a District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton in January 1996 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 1996. He filled the seat vacated by the elevation of the Hon. Atsushi Wallace Tashima to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Pregerson assumed senior status in January 2016.
He graduated with his B.A. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1976.
After graduating from law school, Pregerson worked briefly as a parole hearing officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1977.
The following year, he served a brief stint in private practice in Ventura, California.
Then, in 1978, Pregerson accepted a position as an assistant public defender with the Guam Public Defender Service Corporation in Agana, Guam, a position he would hold until 1981. After leaving the Public Defender's office, Pregerson worked briefly in private practice in Guam before returning to California in 1982.
Once back in California, Pregerson continued to work in private practice, only leaving briefly to serve as the vice president and general counsel with The Torrance Company in 1985. In 1986, he became a named partner at Pregerson, Richman, and Luna, a position he would hold until his confirmation to the District Court in 1996. During his tenure in private practice, Pregerson specialized in civil litigation with an emphasis on commercial, real estate, intellectual and consumer fraud matters.
His memberships have included Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Salvation Army Bell Homeless Shelter, and the Coliseum Commission. Pregerson also served as the past-president of the Los Angeles Recreation and Park Commission.
Judge Pregerson was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, the Hon. Harry Pregerson, was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He assumed senior status in December 2015 at the age of 92.