Anna Marie Gallagher
Anna Marie Gallagher is a Shareholder at Maggio + Kattar and the head of the immigration litigation and global visas practice. Anna has practiced immigration law for more than two decades in the United States, Central America and Europe. Her experience includes private practice, legal advocacy in the nonprofit sector and several years in academia. As a result of her diverse background, she brings a unique perspective to her practice with the firm.
Anna has taught immigration and refugee law in universities in the United States and in Europe. An internationally recognized expert in the areas of asylum and refugee law, Anna has also provided consulting services to the UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency - and international non-governmental organizations. Anna continues to be involved in international immigration and refugee issues as President of the International Detention Coalition, an organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees subject to immigration detention around the world. Anna is the former Director of the Legal Action Center at the American Immigration Law Foundation (now the American Immigration Council).
Anna is a frequent speaker at national and international immigration conferences and is the author of several publications, including Thomson West's Immigration Law Treatise 2d and the American Immigration Lawyer's Association book on Private Bills and Pardons in Immigration. She has also written many articles addressing issues relating to removal defense, immigration trial court practice, asylum and ethics. Anna has a depth of expertise in prosecutorial discretion and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and she has lectured on these topics at local and national events.
Anna earned her bachelor's degree from Temple University and her law degree from Antioch School of Law. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1998 to research refugee issues in Spain and obtained a Masters in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002. Anna is fluent in Spanish.
Anna practices exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law and is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C.