Anna Marie Gallagher

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Washington, DC

Maggio Kattar Nahajzer + Alexander, PC
 | 1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-483-0083
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Education: Antioch Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer (80%),
  • Immigration: Business (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

A shareholder with Maggio Kattar Nahajzer + Alexander, PC, Anna Marie Gallagher is the head of the immigration litigation practice at her office in Washington, D.C. Ms. Gallagher divides her law practice among immigration law, refugee matters and human rights law.

Ms. Gallagher graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Latin American studies from Temple University in 1984. She then went on to complete law school at Antioch School of Law, now known as the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, graduating in 1987 with her Juris Doctor. She later completed her LL.M. at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Licensed in 1987, Ms. Gallagher brings over 25 years of experience to benefit her clients. She has practiced refugee, human rights and immigration law in both the U.S. as well as in Europe and Central America. She is considered to be an international expert in refugees and asylum, and has served as a consultant with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Ms. Gallagher has also taught immigration law in both European and American universities in addition to her private practice.

Ms. Gallagher is a frequently invited speaker at both national and international conferences on immigration. She is also a published author, and has written books and articles on the topic of immigration. In 1998, Ms. Gallagher went to Spain as a senior Fulbright Scholar, and she is fluent in Spanish. She is a dual citizen of both the Republic of Ireland and the United States. Ms. Gallagher is the president of the International Detention Coalition and serves on the board of trustees of the American Immigration Council.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Immigration (80%): Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

Immigration (20%): Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

Focus Areas

Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018

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About Anna Gallagher

Admitted: 1989, Washington D.C.

Professional Webpage:


  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant, Spain, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal on Migration and Human Security, Center for Migration Studies
  • Member, Board of Trustees, American Immigration Council
  • Board Chair, ASISTA
  • President, the International Detention Coalition

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Non-immigrant Visa Practice Manual, Editor-in-Chief (DC Bar 2014)
  • "The Situation of Undocumented Persons in the United States: A Practical Overview," published in Undocumented Migrant Workers in Europe (PICUM 2003)
  • AILA's Handbook on Waivers and Relief from Removal: Practice Guidance on Protecting Rights in Proceedings, Managing Editor (AILA 1999)
  • Immigration Law Service, 2d, Thomson West (2004). Treatise on US immigration and nationality law
  • Handbook for Visitors and Workers in Detention Centres, Jesuit Refugee Service Europe (2006)
  • Immigration Pleading and Practice Manual, Thomson West (2006)
  • Migration and Human Rights in the Mediterranean Region – Special Edition, Volume 11, No. 2, Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, co-editor (2007)
  • Immigration Trial Handbook, Thomson West (2008)
  • AILA's Focus on Private Bills and Pardons (AILA 2008)
  • "How To' Basics on Habeas For Relief Under Former INA 212(c) and Challenging Soriano," AILA's Immigration Law Litigation Conference Handbook (AILA 1999)
  • "Expedited Removal," AILA's Handbook on Waivers and Relief from Removal: Practice Guidance on Protecting Rights in Proceeding (AILA 1999)
  • "Relief for Lawful Permanent Residents with Criminal Convictions: Life after Section 212(c)," AILA's Handbook on Waivers and Relief from Removal: Practice Guidance on Protecting Rights in Proceeding (AILA 1999)
  • The AILA Litigation Toolbox, Contributing Author (AILA 2001)
  • "A Primer on Practice and Procedure Before the Board of Immigration Appeals," 1 Immigration Briefings 2 (West Group 2001)
  • "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: Protecting Your Client's Immigration Interests in Criminal Proceedings," 1 Immigration Briefings 4 (April 2001)
  • "Framing the Issues and a Call to Action: The Role of Academics and Advocates in Issues Relating to Migration and Refugee Challenges Facing the European Union," published in Immigration in Europe: Issues, Policies and Case Studies, (David Turton & Julia Gonzalez, eds., Humanitarian Net 2003)
  • "Practice and Procedure Before the Board of Immigration Appeals: An Update," 3 Immigration Briefings 2 (West Group 2003)
  • "Triply Exploited: Female Victims of Trafficking Networks – Strategies for Pursuing Protection and Legal Status in Countries of Destination," 19 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 99 (Fall 2004)
  • "Remedies of Last Resort: Private Bills and Pardons," 6 Immigration Briefings 2 (West Group 2006)
  • "The Subject of Rights Immersed in a "Sea of Troubles," 11 Mediterranean J. of Hum. Rts. 9 (2007) (with Michele R. Pistone and David Zammit)
  • "Madrid, Spain," The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook (AILA 2007-2008)
  • "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: A Primer on What Can Get Your Client Into Trouble," Immigration and Nationality Handbook (AILA 2008)
  • "Naturalization: Eligibility Requirements and Application Process for Seeking Citizenship through Naturalization," 8 Immigration Briefings 8 (Aug. 2008)
  • "A Primer on Immigration Court Practice," 8 Immigration Briefings 12 (Dec. 2008)
  • "Ethics and Immigration Law: What Practitioners Should Know in Order to Protect Themselves from Allegations of Professional Misconduct," 9 Immigration Briefings 9 (Sept. 2009)
  • "Ethics, Professionalism, and Immigration Law," 11 Immigration Briefings 12 (Dec. 2011)
  • "Global Practice: A Survey of Selected Countries Requirements for Business Visitor Visas and Work Permits," with Ruth Dickey, 12 Immigration Briefings 3 (March 2012)
  • "Prosecutorial Discretion in the Immigration Context," 12 Immigration Briefings 11 (Nov. 2012)
  • "A Primer on Immigration Options for Children," 13 Immigration Briefings 4 (Apr. 2013)
  • "Guiding your Clients Through the Fog: Administrative Processing and the Visa Application Process," 13 Immigration Briefings 10 (October 2013)
  • "Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions: What Crimes and Criminal Activities Can Get Your Client into Trouble," What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law (ABA 2014)
  • "Humanitarian Protection for Children Feeling Gang-Based Violence in the Americas," 3 Journal on Migration and Human Security 2 (2015)
  • Author, American Immigration Lawyers Association book on Private Bills and Pardons in Immigration
  • Author, Thomson West's Immigration Law Treatise 2d
  • Frequent Speaker, National and International Immigration Conferences
  • Taught Immigration and Refugee Law in Universities in the United States and in Europe

Educational Background:

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C, LL.M., Masters in Advocacy, 2004
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, B.A. in Political Science and Latin American Studies, Magna Cum Laude, 1984

Industry Groups

  • Administrative And Federal Court Appeals
  • Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas
  • Family-based Immigration
  • Humanitarian Relief
  • I-9 Litigation
  • National Interest Waivers
  • Naturalization
  • Removal Defense
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1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-483-0083


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Last Updated: 5/22/2018

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