Maryland Court of Appeals
After a nearly 25-year career as a lawyer and five years on the bench, Matthew Fader was appointed to chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, on April 15, 2022. He succeeded Judge Joseph Getty upon his mandatory retirement.
Upon Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement of Fader’s appointment, former Maryland State Bar Association president Natalie McSherry commented that MSBA members “look forward to his leadership in the position as well as hope to continue the MSBA’s role as a trusted partner to the judiciary.”
Born in Towson, Fader went on to attend the University of Virginia for his bachelor’s and then Yale Law School for his juris doctor. Fader has been admitted to the bar in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
After law school, Fader served as Judge Leonie M. Brinkema’s law clerk in the Eastern District of Virginia of the U.S. District Court. Fader then joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in its civil division.
Fader joined K&L Gates LLP in 2002 as an associate. Fader led the firm’s practice focusing on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits the payment of bribes to foreign officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business.
In 2017, Fader joined the Office of the Attorney General as the chief of litigation in the civil litigation division, and very shortly after was appointed as Chief Judge of the Court of Special Appeals, Maryland’s intermediate appellate court. He has held numerous committee positions while a judge.