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Joe is a commercial litigation attorney with extensive experience litigating complex motions and solving thorny legal problems. Joe’s practice involves partnership and contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, and employment litigation. Joe has a particular interest in cases arising under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and the First Amendment, and has litigated religious freedom cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and state courts. Joe’s recent matters have included a putative legal malpractice class action brought in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City against a prominent personal injury firm, a business tort action involving direct and derivative claims brought by a former member of an IT solutions company, and a long-running federal case involving misappropriation of trade secrets by former employees of a senior housing developer. Joe also frequently appears before rabbinical tribunals, known as Bais Dins, to arbitrate claims on behalf of real estate investors who are members of Baltimore’s Jewish community.

Joe is passionate about community service and maintains a robust pro bono practice with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Through that collaboration, Joe has assisted low-income Marylanders with federal and state income tax issues and expungement of criminal records. Joe also has worked on pro bono immigration matters and has partnered with other Gallagher attorneys to represent incarcerated persons in civil rights cases.

Prior to joining Gallagher, Joe clerked for The Honorable James K. Bredar, now Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and for The Honorable David F. Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Joe also served as a trial attorney with the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, where he defended federal agencies and officials in cases that presented novel claims under the U.S. Constitution, the Administrative Procedure Act, and other federal statutes.

Joe graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2015. While in law school, Joe served as Executive Editor of the Indiana Law Journal and was a tournament champion in the school-wide Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition. He is currently ranked as an Associate to Watch in the Chambers USA 2024 Guide.

Beyond Gallagher

Joe enjoys hiking in Maryland’s beautiful state parks and is often joined by his young son, Oliver. Joe also enjoys cooking and is an amateur gardener with a habit for bringing home fruit bushes and flowering plants from the local nursery. Joe is running out of space in his yard and will soon transition to potted plants.

Civic and Charitable Service

  • Board of Trustees of the Franciscan Center in Baltimore (2021-present)
  • Board of Directors of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center (2021-present); Chairman (2024-present) Vice Chair (2022-2024)

Bar and Professional Memberships

Maryland State Bar Association

American Bar Association


Dugan, Joseph

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Area(s) of Practice

Court Admissions

  • Maryland State Courts
  • Ohio State Courts
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Tax Court

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Ohio


  • Indiana University School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, 2015
  • Cedarville University, BA, summa cum laude, 2007

Bar and Professional Memberships

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association