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Lou Bertrand's Biography


  1. Fellow: Ohio State Bar Foundation. (Honored and respected Lawyers & Judges, of approximately 800 in State of Ohio.)
  2. Volunteer: Ravenna Kiwanis Club; Civilian Recruiter - U.S. Army, Free Mason of Ohio Garrettsville Lodge, B.P.O.E.
  3. Bar Associations: Portage County Bar Association (President 1995-1996); Ohio State Bar Association; Portage County Trial Lawyers Association (Chair 2006-2007), Ohio Association of Justice.
  4. Church: Holy Cross Anglican Church - Kent, OH (Vestry)
  5. Sports Official: Summit-Portage Football Officials Assoc.; Ohio High School Athletic Assoc. {Since 1980}; former Sec.-Treas. (10 years) Portage County Umpires Assoc. Ohio Assoc. of Football Officials (Retired College Football Official)


  • College Preparatory: MERCERSBURG ACADEMY, Mercersburg, Penna.
  • College: STATE UNIVERSITY of NEW YORK at BUFFALO, Buffalo, New York 14214, Degree: A.B., History.
  • Professional School: UNIVERSITY of TOLEDO, COLLEGE of LAW, Toledo, Ohio 43606. Degree: Doctor of Jurisprudence


  1. For two years, with the Toledo Police Department, Bail Bond Investigator, Toledo, Ohio. Later, served as a Probation Officer with Portage County Juvenile Court.
  2. 1968-1972, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Portage County, Ravenna, Ohio.
  3. For 3 years, Instructor in the Department of Management at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
  4. For 28 years elected Council President Village of Hiram, EMS Board (1993-1994), Five years Chair Safety Committee (1973-1997), 12 years Council President.
  5. Elected Mayor of Hiram Village (2007-present) 11617 Garfield Road, P.O. Box 65, Hiram, OH, 44234-0065, Voice: 330-569-7677, FAX: 330-569-7128
  6. Since 1980 certified as a DIPLOMATE of the NATIONAL BOARD of TRIAL ADVOCACY.

Member: College, Ohio State Bar Association. Instructor: Civil Law Seminar, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers fall 1989 series.


  1. Admitted to practice of law before the OHIO SUPREME COURT since 1968.
  2. Licensed to practice law before the MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT since 1969. (Inactive Status)
  3. Admitted to the UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRICT of OHIO, Eastern Division since 1970
  4. Licensed Football Official and Softball Umpire, High School and College level since 1980.



A glance at Lou's life

Lou Bertrand was born in Wilmington, Delaware and is a graduate of Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. His undergraduate degree is from the State University of New York at Buffalo and he recieved his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Toledo, College of Law.
Mr. Bertrand has been a practicing trial attorney in Portage County (pop. 161,000) for the past fourty-five (45) years. From 1968 to 1972 Mr. Bertrand served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Portage County.
Mr. Bertrand then joined veteran trial attorney William J. Smith and later practiced with Attorney Dennis M. Zavinski, both Deceased.

For three years, he was an Instructor in the Department of Management at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. For ten years Bertrand served as special legal counsel for the City of Tallmadge, Ohio. He was elected to Hiram Council for twenty-eight years (28 yrs.); during this period Bertrand served as Council President for twelve years. Since 2007 Mr. Bertrand has been serving as the elected Mayor of Hiram (Pop. 1,400), home of Hiram College and former U.S. President James A. Garfield.

Mr. Bertrand is one of the most experienced trial lawyers in Portage County, having tried more than 100+ civil and criminal jury trials. Bertrand practices with a group of five independent practitioners in his Ravenna, Ohio office.

Mr. Bertrand is listed as a "Super Attorney" in Ohio Trial Lawyer Magazine and has recieved commendation from the Ohio House of Representitives for excellence in the legal profession. Mr. Bertrand was selected by peer recognition and professional achievement as one of the "Top Attorneys in Ohio" as published in Cleveland/Cincinnati Magazine.

Mr. Bertrand is certified as a CIVIL DIPLOMATE of the NATIONAL BOARD of TRIAL ADVOCACY since 1980.

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