A native of Albuquerque, Judge Gallegos graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1996. Judge Gallegos earned his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, his M.S. from the University of New Mexico in 2001, and his J.D., cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School in 2005.
After graduating from law school, Judge Gallegos served for nearly five years on active duty in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. During that time, he served as a military prosecutor, deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served as a legal advisor on board the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), which deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
After leaving active duty, Judge Gallegos returned to New Mexico and served for nearly three years as an Assistant District Attorney with the 13th and 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Offices, handling DWI, felony domestic violence, and crimes against children cases. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Gallegos served for four-and-a-half years as a staff attorney for the Court of Appeals.
Judge Gallegos is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve JAG Corps. In 2014-2015, Judge Gallegos was mobilized for one year in support of the Global War on Terror, serving as a legal advisor for Joint Task Force – Guantanamo.
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Gov. Martinez appointed Judge Gallegos in January 2018.