The University of Houston Law Center Faculty

Edward  Gallagher

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Edward Gallagher is currently a Deputy Criminal Chief in the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. Gallagher oversees the Major Offender’s Section which includes prosecutors assigned to the Immigration Crimes unit, the organized crime strike force and gang unit, and the civil rights/human trafficking unit. Gallagher is also the district’s coordinator for immigration, human trafficking and international affairs.

Gallagher graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 and earned his law degree from Villanova University in 1985. He began his career as a federal prosecutor in January 1990 following a five-year career as a special agent and legal advisor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Houston. His law enforcement background includes seasonal employment as a police officer with the Town of Ocean City, Maryland from 1980 to 1982.

Gallagher prosecuted general crimes cases from January 1990 to October 1991. From November 1991 to March 2002, Mr. Gallagher prosecuted civil rights, public corruption and organized crime cases. He was the chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force for the District where he coordinated a number of complex overt and covert multi-agency investigations with federal and local agencies in a variety of criminal prosecutions. Noted areas of prosecution experience include public corruption, government contract fraud, labor racketeering, LCN associates, Asian and Eastern European organized crime groups, and international investigations of groups engaged in human smuggling/trafficking and visa fraud.

Gallagher received the Director’s Award from Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2002 for his successful prosecutions of three international human smuggling groups. In August 2004, Gallagher was named coordinator for the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance, a task force of federal and local law enforcement agencies working with non-governmental organizations to combat human trafficking. In December 2009, Gallagher received the Director’s Award from Attorney General Eric Holder for coordinating the HTRA in its training and prosecution efforts.

Gallagher has written papers and lectured to both local and federal prosecutors, investigators and private attorneys on such subjects as government procurement fraud, enterprise investigations using the RICO statute, use of undercover operations and electronic surveillance, human trafficking, labor prosecutions, and immigration attorney visa/labor certification fraud. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center where he teaches national security law, human trafficking law, and trial advocacy.