Press Release

May 20, 2016
Cardin, Mikulski Praise Judiciary Committee’s Approval of District of Maryland Nominee Stephanie Gallagher
Senators recommended Stephanie Gallagher for federal bench to President Obama

WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to approve Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Judge Gallagher to President Obama for this position on the federal bench. If confirmed, Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat formerly held by Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. who retired in February 2016.

“Judge Gallagher brings tremendous experience to the courtroom as a sitting U.S. Magistrate Judge in Baltimore, as well as being a former prosecutor, private law firm attorney, and judicial law clerk.  Her strong roots in the Maryland legal community, tremendous understanding and respect for the rule of law, and willingness to volunteer time with some of Maryland’s most vulnerable residents, make her an exceptional nominee. I was pleased to recommend Judge Gallagher’s nomination to the President along with Senator Mikulski, and I am confident that she will serve the people of Maryland well once confirmed,” said Senator Cardin. “Judge Gallagher may be the last judicial nomination from Maryland that I will work on with Senator Mikulski as she retires at the end of this year. I want to thank Senator Mikulski for setting up such an excellent process in Maryland to seek out the best attorneys in our state for vacancies in the District Court and 4th Circuit. We have recommended judicial nominations to the President that have made Marylanders proud of our federal courts.”

“I applaud the committee’s vote to approve the nomination of Judge Stephanie Gallagher to serve on the U.S. District Court of Maryland, and was proud to recommend her for the job,” Senator Mikulski said. “When I consider nominees for the federal bench, I have four criteria: absolute integrity, judicial competence and temperament; a commitment to core constitutional principles; and a history of civic engagement in Maryland. Judge Gallagher not only meets these standards, she exceeds them. Maryland deserves to have highly qualified judges who will uphold the law to provide equal justice for all, and we have that in her.”


Stephanie Gallagher, of Baltimore, Maryland, has been a United States Magistrate Judge in Baltimore since April 2011. Previously, Gallagher was a partner and co-founder at Levin & Gallagher LLC (now Levin & Curlett) for 3 years, served as an Assistant US Attorney in Baltimore for 6 years, and was a Litigation Associate at Akin Gump in Washington, DC for 2 years. She practiced a wide variety of law including complex civil litigation, employment disputes, constitutional issues, criminal defense, and criminal prosecution.  Gallagher began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge J. Frederick Motz of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from 1997 to 1999.  She received her J.D. in 1997 from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude, and her B.S. in government from Georgetown University in 1994, graduating magna cum laude.