Chief Judge Matthew Fader of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has been named a winner of the 2020 Influential Marylanders award. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has picked Fader to serve as the chief judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Maryland’s intermediate appellate court, in 2018. When announcing Fader’s appointment as chief judge, Gov. Larry Hogan said he was “confident that Judge Fader is the most qualified candidate to step into the chief judge role,” and added, “I know that he will serve the people of Maryland well in this new role.” His appointment as chief came only three years after his appointment to the court and after a lifetime of achievement. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Before his appointment to the bench, he served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Attorney General and as Chief of Civil Litigation for the State of Maryland. He was a partner at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhardt, LLP, an international law firm, where he represented clients in commercial litigation in federal and state courts, as well as arbitrations and counseled clients on compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He began his legal career as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1999-2002.