Press Release

September 9, 2015
Cardin, Mikulski Praise Obama Nominee Stephanie Gallagher For Maryland District Court Seat
Senators Recommended Judge Gallagher for Federal Bench to President Obama

WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised President Obama’s nomination of Magistrate Judge Stephanie Agli Gallagher to fill the upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, located in Baltimore.


“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,” said Senator Cardin. “Her strong roots in the Maryland legal community and tremendous understanding and respect for the rule of law 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 as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland.”


“I was proud to recommend Judge Gallagher to President Obama and am so pleased that she was nominated to the United States District Court of Maryland,” 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. She meets and exceeds these standards. Judge Gallagher possesses the qualities that are needed to make sure the rights of ordinary Americans are protected. And she has the experience that will allow her to serve with an open mind and adhere to the rule of law.”


If confirmed, Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat currently held by Judge Quarles, who announced he will retire in February 2016.




Stephanie Agli Gallagher, of Baltimore, currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge, a position she has held since 2011. Judge Gallagher received her J.D. cum laude in 1997 from Harvard Law School and her B.S. magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1994.


Prior to her current position, Judge Gallagher was a partner and co-founder of the law firm Levin & Gallagher LLC, where she handled white-collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation and employment disputes. She was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2002 and served for six years in Baltimore, prosecuting a wide range of criminal cases. Additionally, she was a litigation associate handling civil and criminal issues at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Upon graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland for two years.