Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Maryland Court of Appeals
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia


  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 1994
    Banking and Financial Services Law Track

    Dean's Scholar

    Associate Justice, Moot Court Board

    Associate Journal Editor, Letter of Credit Update
  • B.S., James Madison University


  • Maryland State Bar Association

    Virginia Bar Association
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Stephen K. Gallagher


Steve Gallagher focuses on construction law, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation, and has been recognized as one of the nation's best bankruptcy law attorneys.

He represents clients in a variety of matters in federal and state courts, including:

  • construction matters;
  • commercial litigation;
  • software licensing;
  • real estate;
  • eminent domain;
  • contract disputes;
  • creditors' rights;
  • technology issues;
  • patent infringement;
  • tortious interference;
  • trusts and estates litigation;
  • fraud; and
  • business torts.

He has represented property owners and construction companies, technology companies, government contractors, not-for-profit entities and trade associations in corporate, litigation and bankruptcy matters.

Steve's clients benefit from his practical business approach and seasoned, goal-oriented methodology in resolving disputes.

Steve has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (since 2007) in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Recognition Law, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation - Bankruptcy. He represents creditors and distressed corporate entities in complex Chapter 11 cases and other bankruptcy matters.

Significant Matters

  • Steve has represented debtors in the bankruptcy cases of Ceyoniq, Cello Recordings, National Spa and Pool Institute, CPOR and International Society of Fire Service Instructors; the Creditors' Committees in Securiguard, Inc. and Network Storage Solutions; as well as creditors or bidders in corporate Chapter 11 cases such as Global Crossing, Winstar, Ameriserve, IT Corporation, Aleron, Pathnet, TalkingNets, Levitz Home Furnishings, Computer Learning Centers, US Airways, Storehouse, Magna Entertainment, Bearing Point, LandAmerica, Capmark, Truland., Circuit City, Heritage Homes, Toys R Us, and Mattress Firm.
  • Represented prime contractor in a bankruptcy case filed by the D.C. area’s largest electrical services provider and represented the same prime contractor regarding disputes surrounding the electrical subcontractor’s work on a government construction project.
  • Steve represented the District of Columbia in eminent domain litigation relating to the acquisition of land for the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball stadium (District of Columbia v. 521,025 Square Feet of Land In the District of Columbia).
  • He prosecuted the rights of a major government contracting firm in connection with breach of contract and breach of representation claims against a seller of corporate assets.
  • Steve served as interim assistant general counsel for a technology company, and continues to serve as its outside counsel.
  • He has represented government contracting firms in claims involving breach of contract and tortious interference with contracts.
  • He has represented property owners in Virginia eminent domain proceedings.


Steve served as a Citizen Appointee to the Board of Trustees of the Fairfax County Police Officers Retirement System from 2012 to 2016.

He is the past president and barrister of the Walter Chandler American Inn of Court in Washington, DC.

He served on the board of the Virginia State Bar's Clients' Protection Fund from 2004 to 2010, and was Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2007.