Governor O'Malley Appoints Daniel P. Dwyer to the Washington County Circuit Court


ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 12, 2009) – Governor O’Malley announced today the appointment of Master Daniel P. Dwyer to the Circuit Court for Washington County.  Master Dwyer will fill a vacancy on the court created by the retirement of the Honorable Frederick C. Wright, III.

“During his many years as a Domestic Relations Master and an attorney, Daniel Dwyer has shown his commitment to treating all parties fairly, and to serving the children and families of Washington County,” said Governor O’Malley.  “I am confident that Master Dwyer will be an excellent circuit court judge.”

Master Dwyer has been a Domestic Relations Master for the Washington County Circuit Court since 1996.  In this capacity, he presides over divorce, custody, visitation, child support, alimony, civil contempt, and other family law matters.  Prior to his appointment as a master, Master Dwyer was a partner at a Hagerstown law firm that he co-founded.  While in private practice, he handled primarily criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation matters.

Earlier in his career, Master Dwyer was a prosecutor in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Washington County.  He represented the State in a wide variety of criminal cases, and for several years he managed the office’s child support division.

Master Dwyer has been recognized for his commitment to helping Maryland’s children and families.  In 2007, he received the Washington County Department of Social Services Community Partnership Award in recognition of his dedication to child support enforcement and foster care.  In 2001, he received a citation from Governor Parris N. Glendening for “support in promoting the opportunities for fathers to become positively involved in the lives of their children.”  Master Dwyer serves on the Board of Advisors of the Dad’s Connection, a program that assists non-custodial parents with employment and parenting skills and facilitates supervised visitations.

Master Dwyer currently chairs the Washington County Mental Health Advisory Committee.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington County Bar Association.  Master Dwyer graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Master Dwyer was nominated by the Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission for Washington County.  More information on the nominating commissions established by Governor O’Malley can be found at


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