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Joseph Francis Bergh

Criminal defense Attorney at Syracuse, NY

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  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2002
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A seasoned litigator with diverse public and private sector experience, Joseph is able to tackle the hardest legal cases. He is able to handle both transactional and litigation matters, including appeals, bankruptcy law, criminal defense, labor and employment law, municipal law, real estate, public construction bidding and contract disputes, public meetings and records access, tax assessment challenges, civil rights, municipal bidding and contracting, public authorities law, business law, estate planning and administration and tax and mortgage foreclosures.

For more than a decade, Joseph served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse Office of the Corporation Counsel. There he represented the city, school district, public officials, and police officers before state and federal courts in various types of litigation, such as civil rights, discrimination, slip and fall, construction contract disputes, debt collection, and mortgage and tax foreclosures. He handled a range of transactional matters, including drafting and reviewing requests for proposals, drafting ordinances, and drafting and reviewing deeds and easements. Toward the end of his tenure with the Office of the Corporation Counsel, Joseph served as in-house counsel to various city departments and authorities, including the Department of Aviation, Department of Water, Department of Assessment, and the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.

When not at work, Joseph enjoys playing golf and chess, taking long walks, reading books on history, and volunteering at his parish church and with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. 


Joseph Francis Bergh, Esq. Attorney-At-Law
314 East Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY, 13202

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Posted by Lindsey | December 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
I got appointed Joe back in 2019 for a criminal matter. This was my first time ever getting in trouble with the law so I was very nervous. Joe took the time to explain everything to me. Even if I asked 100000 questions he talked me thru everything. My case just got over with and I am very happy with my results. He did an amazing job for me. I don’t know why the other review on him is bad cause I definitely had a great experience with him. I would definitely recommend him to anyone especially with a criminal case. Thanks Joe. You were great!!!
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Posted by Chris | February 27, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Aggressive Scammer
Not only does he lack basic professional attire, but his lack of preparation and hygiene is present in his work ethic. I was referred to him by the Onondaga County BAR Association. When at that time I was refereed to him, they did not tell me that his first consult is free. I spoke to Joseph for an hour or two, he promptly accepted $100 taking advantage of my lack of understanding. Once I was informed by the BAR association that he was NOT supposed to accept any money, I contacted Mr. Bergh numerous times. He failed to send a check in the mail. I traveled up to his cubical which he rents from another Firm. When I asked for the money he became very aggressive to the point he was shaking and sweating. When I told him I would contact the police he got even more hostile and began to walk towards me. At this point I made it clear if he stepped one foot closer or touched me in any way I would have no problem contacting Law Enforcement. Mr. Bergh stated that I was "desperate" and "Crazy". And also assured me that he "never wants to see my face again and I am not allowed to come back". Which, if he was a real attorney, he would know that he doesn't have the authority to trespass me from the premises, the owner of the establishment does. To top it all off, Silly Mr. Bergh did all of this in front of a client he was consulting. When I asked him to step out and discuss this issue in the lobby, he replied with "if my client is going to pay me, she's also going to be my witness to this." Unprofessional, disgusting, and lacks basic understanding of work ethic.
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Work Experience

  • Solo Practitioner
  • Joseph Francis Bergh, Esq. Attorney-At-Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Tully Rinckey, PLLC
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Of Counsel
  • Romeo & Romeo, P.C.
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Associate
  • Mackay, Caswell & Callahan, P.C.
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel
  • City of Syracuse - Office of the Corporation Counsel
  • 2002 - 2013
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Northern Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County
  • 2015

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Syracuse Criminal defense Lawyer Joseph Francis Bergh
Joseph Francis Bergh
Criminal defense Attorney
Syracuse, NY
Licensed for 22 years