About Judge Daniel Gallegos


Daniel, born and raised in Albuquerque, is a Judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Susana Martinez following a recommendation from the bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission. The most recent recommendation by the Commission was the third time Daniel was found to be qualified to sit on New Mexico's second-highest court. Daniel also currently serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps.

A former prosecutor (both on active duty in the Navy and in the 13th and 2nd Judicial Districts here in New Mexico), Daniel served as a staff attorney for the New Mexico Court of Appeals for four-and-a-half years prior to his appointment to the bench.

Daniel is a veteran of three deployments: to Baghdad during the “Surge” in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom; a Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf cruise on board USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; and a mobilization to Joint Task Force – Guantanamo in support of the Global War on Terror.

Daniel is a 1996 graduate of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque. He received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, his M.S. from the University of New Mexico in 2001, and his law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 2005.

Daniel currently lives on Albuquerque’s west side and is a parishioner at St. Joseph’s on the Rio Grande Catholic Church.


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