Governor O'Malley Appoints Two Circuit Court Judges for Montgomery County


ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 26, 2008) – Governor Martin O’Malley announced today the appointment of the Honorable Steven G. Salant and Sharon V. Burrell to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. 

“I am proud to appoint Master Steven Salant and Ms. Sharon Burrell to serve on the Circuit Court for Montgomery County,” said Governor O’Malley.  “Each has demonstrated exceptional legal ability and a strong commitment to public service.  I am confident that Master Salant and Ms. Burrell will be excellent additions to the Circuit Court bench.” 

Steven Salant has been a Family Division Master in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County since 1995.  In this position, he has presided over bench trials pertaining to domestic relations issues, including divorce, alimony, child support, visitation, and custody.  Prior to 1995, Master Salant practiced law in Silver Spring and Rockville for 14 years.  He concentrated in the areas of family and criminal law, but he also represented clients in personal injury, bankruptcy, real estate, and commercial litigation matters.  Fluent in sign language, Master Salant has assisted many clients who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Early in his career, Master Salant spent three years as a prosecutor in Cook County, Illinois.  He specialized in prosecuting gang related crimes. 

Master Salant is the President and a founding member of the Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society.  He has served on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, and he has taught numerous continuing legal education courses on the practice of family law.

Master Salant graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center.  While in law school, he participated in the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic and interned for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Sharon Burrell has represented Montgomery County for over 20 years as an Associate County Attorney in the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office.  Her diverse appellate and trial court practice has focused on civil rights law and employment discrimination.  She also has represented the County in labor negotiations, and she has served as general counsel to the County’s Department of Health and Human Services.  Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, Ms. Burrell was an associate at Cable, McDaniel, Bowie and Bond, where she represented clients in tax and corporate matters.

Ms. Burrell is a past President of the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association and an active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association.  She is a lifetime member of the Maryland Bar Foundation.  She has volunteered for numerous community programs, including the Teen Court Program of Montgomery County.

Ms. Burrell graduated from Harvard Law School, where she edited the Harvard Women’s Law Journal.  She clerked for the Honorable Harry A. Cole of the Maryland Court of Appeals.

The two candidates were appointed from among nominees selected by the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Montgomery County.  More information on the nominating commissions established by Governor O’Malley can be found at



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