Judge Gary E. Bair

Judge Gary E. Bair

The Honorable Gary Eugene Bair has served on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County since January 2012.  He has been in the family and juvenile rotations, and has heard civil and criminal cases as well during his tenure on the bench.

Judge Bair is a lifelong Maryland resident and has lived in Kensington for the past ten years with his wife, Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. They have four adult children between them, and two grandchildren.  

Judge Bair is the product of the Maryland public school system, and is the first in his family to attend a four-year college and law school. He attended Tulane University through a merit scholarship, student loans, and a work-study job. Judge Bair is a 1976 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. 

After clerking for a judge on the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Judge Bair worked for five years as a clinical  law professor at the American University Washington College of Law and as an Assistant Public Defender in Prince George's County. Judge Bair then spent 22 years working as an attorney for the people of Maryland, during which time he represented the State in criminal cases. He served as an Assistant Attorney General, Chief of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Chief of the Criminal Appeals Division, and as Solicitor General. In those capacities, he argued hundreds of cases in the appellate courts, including two cases in the United States Supreme Court.

From 2004-2011, Judge Bair was in the private practice of law at the firm of Bennett & Bair. There, he represented criminal defendants, most of whom were incarcerated African-Americans and Hispanics. Judge Bair worked diligently on behalf of these clients as he had while working for the State. 

Judge Bair has taught on the adjunct faculty of the Washington College of Law since 1989, and is a member of various professional associations, including the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Montgomery County.


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