In 2011 Hon. John Gallagher became a judge for the Santa Cruz Superior Court in California.
- J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1980)
- Bachelor's degree from United States Military Academy (1972)
- Associate and then partner at Bosso Williams (1987 to 2011)
- Associate attorney and assistant public defender at Biggam, Christensen and Minsloff
- Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer at U.S. Army (1972 to 1977)