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Edward  Gallagher

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Edward Gallagher has been a federal prosecutor for 31 years and is currently assigned to the Narcotics Enforcement Section of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas. Before transferring to the drug section in May 2016, Gallagher spent over fourteen years overseeing the Major Offender’s Section with prosecutors assigned to the Immigration Crimes unit, the organized crime strike force/gang unit, and the civil rights/human trafficking unit. Gallagher spent over twenty years as the district’s coordinator for organized crime 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 was the organized crime strike force chief between November 1991 and March 2002, prosecuting civil rights, public corruption and organized crime cases. 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 was recognized by Attorney General William Barr in 1991 for his prosecution of an interstate jewelry theft ring; by Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2002 for his prosecution of three international human smuggling groups; by U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao in 2005 for his prosecution of the top leadership of the United Transportation Union for labor racketeering; and by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009 for his leadership of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance 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 also serves as a frequent instructor at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center lecturing on topics related to trial advocacy, human trafficking, organized crime, and immigration crimes.

Gallagher holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from St. Thomas University and is a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church where he serves the Diocese of Galveston-Houston and the parish community of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Gallagher has been an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center since 2011.