• As a District Judge in Bernalillo County, Daniel currently presides over felony crimes ranging from homicide and violent offenses against persons, to crimes against property and public safety offenses.
  • As a Judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, Daniel decided civil and criminal appeals from courts statewide and authored several precedential opinions.
  • As an assistant district attorney, Daniel prosecuted cases involving DWI, felony domestic violence, and crimes against children.
  • As a military prosecutor, Daniel handled cases involving, among others, child pornography, rape, larceny of government property, and conspiracy to commit murder.
  • As a military legal advisor, both on active duty and as a reservist, Daniel provided legal advice to military commanders on a variety of topics, including military justice, operational and international law, administrative law, and ethics.
  • As an operational law attorney, Daniel rendered advice and training to military commanders on the Law of Armed Conflict and Rules of Engagement in a number of multinational operational exercises.
  • As a young Navy Lieutenant, Daniel volunteered to deploy to Iraq during the “Surge” and was tasked with assisting with the legal aspects of detention operations.
  • As a legal advisor to the Commanding Officer of USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), Daniel was responsible for maintaining good order and discipline on board the aircraft carrier, including during Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment.
  • As a legal advisor at Joint Task Force – Guantanamo, Daniel managed various legal issues related to the detention facility and the detainees held there.
  • As a third-year law student, Daniel won the featherweight championship of Notre Dame’s famous Bengal Bouts.
  • Daniel is a native New Mexican, going back several generations, with roots in Anton Chico.
  • Daniel attended APS schools Hawthorne Elementary School and Hayes Middle School before attending St. Pius X High School.
  • Daniel’s father Danny is a retired firefighter with Albuquerque Fire Rescue, and his brother Dominic is currently a Lieutenant with AFR. His mother Connie is retired from the Albuquerque Public Schools.
  • From 2015 to 2017, Daniel sat on the board of directors of the National Hispanic Cultural Center, a cultural “crown jewel” for Albuquerque and New Mexico.

About Judge Daniel Gallegos

District Judge Daniel Gallegos is a felony-level criminal trial court judge in Bernalillo County, serving since January 2019 as one of Albuquerque’s ten district court criminal division judges. Prior to taking the district court bench, Judge Gallegos served as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the state’s second-highest court.

A champion for judicial independence, Judge Gallegos takes seriously his role as a neutral, impartial, and fair “referee” in the criminal cases that come before him. Judge Gallegos combines his expert understanding of complex criminal litigation with common sense to ensure that all parties who appear in his courtroom receive fair and respectful treatment. On any given day, parties may win or lose, but they will always be given a “fair shake” by Judge Gallegos.

Judge Gallegos is recognized in the legal community for his strong judgment, honed not only during his judicial service but developed in the course of a diverse legal career during which time he served as a felony prosecutor, an appellate court staff attorney, and an officer and attorney in the United States Navy JAG Corps, with deployments all over the world (including service in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, and on board the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68)).

An Albuquerque native, Judge Gallegos is a 1996 graduate of St. Pius X High School. He is a “Double Domer,” having received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Notre Dame Law School. He also has a Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico.

Vote to Keep Judge Daniel Gallegos –
Second Judicial District Court, Division 15!

The common sense and strong judgment Judge Daniel Gallegos brings to the bench cannot be duplicated or replaced. We would greatly appreciate your support in the upcoming election so that Judge Gallegos can continue to serve the people of his hometown, and can continue to provide a welcoming, respectful, and fair playing field for all parties involved in our criminal justice system.

Justice for ALL.

Judge Gallegos is a lifelong registered Republican and will appear on the ballot as a Republican. Nevertheless, Judge Gallegos is committed to the principle of judicial independence and has been a frequent critic of partisan elections in judicial races. He fully intends to continue his practice of running his campaign in as non-partisan fashion as possible in order to avoid even the appearance that his independence is compromised or that he will decide cases based on something other than the facts and the law. You can count on Judge Gallegos to always make decisions without fear or favor.


We Could Use Your Help!

There are many ways to help keep Judge Gallegos on the bench – if you are interested in joining the team, please contact the Committee by phone at (505) 336-0679, or by email at keepjudgegallegos@gmail.com.

If you would like to host a fundraiser or meet-and-greet, that would be greatly appreciated! Please note, however, that in order to combat any perception of partiality, or worse, corruption, Judge Gallegos has directed the campaign committee to refrain from allowing fundraisers and meet-and-greets to be hosted by attorneys who are likely to appear in front of Judge Gallegos, lobbyists, and elected officials of all parties in all branches of government.