Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday he has named an assistant attorney general to the state’s second-highest court.
The governor announced that he nominated Matthew J. Fader, who has worked in the Attorney General’s Office since 2010, to the Court of Special Appeals. Hogan said he made the choice from a group of candidates recommended by a judicial nominating commission.
Fader, 44, will replace former Chief Judge Peter Krauser, who reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 in May.
The nominee now serves as the state’s chief of civil litigation. He is the state lawyer who successfully defended the Maryland’s gun safety law against court challenges after it was enacted in 2013.
Former Attorney General Doug Gansler, a Democrat, praised the Republican governor’s choice in a tweet.
“Matt is one of the smartest, hard-working, and down to earth attorneys I’ve ever worked with,” Gansler said.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Fader was previously a partner at the Pittsburgh-based International law firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart. Fader lives in Ellicott City.