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Hon. Christopher Panos (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Family law including equitable distribution, custody/access, and child/spousal support, medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, products liability, construction, trusts & estates, defamation, civil rights, contracts, disability, employment, insurance coverage, and intellectual property.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit Court for Baltimore City, 2013-2024.
  • Associate Judge, District Court of Maryland, District 1, Baltimore City, 2006-2013.
  • Special Master, Family Division, 8th Judicial Circuit Court for Baltimore City, 1999-2006.
  • Private practice, Baltimore, 1990-1999 (Klemkowski & Panos, P.A.; Klemkowski & Klemkowski, P.A.; Turnbull, Wase & Lyons, P.A.).
  • Former District Court Commissioner, Baltimore County.


  • Life Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation.
  • Fellow, Baltimore City Bar Foundation.
  • Member, Court Interpreters Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2008-2011.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Judicial Institute of Maryland, 2008-2015.
  • Member, Judicial Education Committee, District Court of Maryland, 2009-2013.
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1990-present; Former Member, Standing Committee on Professionalism; Former Member, Family & Juvenile Law Section Council; Former Member, Special Committee on Anti-Discrimination Matters.
  • Member, Baltimore City Bar Association; Chair, Family Law Committee, 2000-2002; Member, Executive Council, 2002-2005; Judicial Administration Committee, 2004-2005; Co-Chair, Bench-Bar Committee, 2017-present.
  • Member, International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges.
  • Former Pro Bono Attorney, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc.
  • Former Law Clerk, Honorable Kathleen O’Ferrall Friedman, Circuit Court for Baltimore City.


  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Baltimore, M.A.
  • University of Maryland, College Park, B.A.

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