The judges of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland are pleased to announce their appointment of Matthew J. Maddox to the position of United States Magistrate Judge. Mr. Maddox will take the oath of office during an informal ceremony on February 22, 2022. A formal ceremony will be held at a later date in the Baltimore Courthouse.
Mr. Maddox was born and raised in Maryland. He graduated summa cum laude from Morgan State University in Baltimore in 1999, where he majored in philosophy and religious studies, and minored in psychology. After receiving his B.A. degree, Mr. Maddox was a Fulbright Scholar and taught high school through the Teach for America program. Mr. Maddox received his J.D. degree from the Yale Law School in 2011.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Maddox served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. From October 2012 to August 2014, Mr. Maddox worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C. From August 2014 to August 2015, Mr. Maddox served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis, a judge serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
In September 2015, Mr. Maddox was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland. In this capacity, Mr. Maddox prosecuted a range of criminal cases and conducted trainings for law enforcement on the topics of human trafficking and identity theft. In November 2020, Mr. Maddox was selected to serve as Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Section in the Northern Division of the United States Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Maddox is a member of the Bars of United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; the United States District Court for the District of Maryland; and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
United States Magistrate Judges are appointed by the district judges for a term of eight years and are eligible for reappointment to successive terms. The position filled by Mr. Maddox became open when U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. DiGirolamo retired on January 2, 2022, after more than 23 years of service with the Court. In anticipation of Judge DiGirolamo’s retirement, a merit selection panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community reviewed all qualified applications before recommending a slate of candidates to the full bench for review. Mr. Maddox was selected from this slate.