Judges

Fred S. Hecker

County Administrative Judge, Carroll County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, since February 1, 2019 (Associate Judge, Jan. 3, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2019) .

Settlement Officer (formerly settlement conference master), Circuit Court, Carroll County, 1997-2013. Board of Directors, Department of Social Services, Carroll County, 1997-2006 (chair, 2004-05). Chair, Local Pro Bono Committee, Carroll County, 2003-. Member, Local Management Board, Carroll County, 2007-13.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, July 5, 1960. Gettysburg College, B.A. (political science), 1982; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1987. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1987. Partner, MacDonald & Hecker, P.A., 1994-2003; Miller & Truhe, LLC, 2004-05; Miller & Hecker, LLC, 2005-13. Member, Maryland State Bar Association, 1987- (committee on resolution of fee disputes, 2005-); Baltimore City Bar Association, 1987-93; Carroll County Bar Association, 1995- (chair, family law section, 2009-11). Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2003-. Volunteer attorney, Carroll County Family Law Courthouse Advice Project, 1995-. Board of Directors, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, 2004- (vice-president, 2013). Board of Directors, Flying Colors of Success, Inc., 2004-. Past president, Deer Park Lions Club. Settlement Conference Master Award, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02. Professional Legal Excellence Award for the Advancement of Public Service Responsibility, Maryland Bar Foundation, 2007. Lee A. Caplan Award for Longstanding Commitment to Pro Bono and Ensuring Equal Access to Justice, Pro Bono Resource Center, 2013.

J. Barry Hughes

Associate Judge, Carroll County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, May 28, 2004 to January 6, 2016, and since February 1, 2019 (County Administrative Judge, Jan. 6, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2019).

Chair, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, Maryland Judicial Conference, 2010-13 (member, 2007-10). Circuit Representative, 5th Judicial Circuit, Conference of Circuit Judges, 2011-.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, April 1, 1949. Attended Cardinal Gibbons High School, Baltimore; University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A. (history), cum laude, 1971. Served in U.S. Army. Former teacher (social studies), Cardinal Gibbons High School, Baltimore. Law clerk to John N. Maguire, Baltimore County Circuit Court, 1974-76. University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1976. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1976. Member, Maryland State Bar Association; Carroll County Bar Association, 1979- (treasurer, 1987; president-elect, 1994; president, 1995); Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. Former president, Hollman, Hughes, Maguire, Timchula & Titus.

Thomas F. Stansfield

Associate Judge, Carroll County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, since August 27, 2004.

City Attorney, City of Taneytown, 1978-2000. Standing Equity Master, Carroll County Circuit Court, 1992-2004. Member, Inquiry Panel and Peer Review Panel, Attorney Grievance Commission.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, June 14, 1950. Attended Westminster High School; Towson State University, B.A. (history & business administration), 1972; South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1976. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1976; U.S. District Court for Maryland Bar, 1977; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Bar, 1981; U.S. Supreme Court Bar, 1983. Member, American Bar Association; Maryland State Bar Association; Carroll County Bar Association (past president & secretary). Member, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association; Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, 1973-. Member, Historical Society of Carroll County, 1979- (vice-president, 1981); Smithsonian Institution, 1990-; National Aquarium; Baltimore Museum of Art; Walters Art Museum; Carroll County Chamber of Commerce; Westminster Elks. Member, Calvary United Methodist Church, 1962-.

Maria L. Oesterreicher 

Associate Judge, Carroll County Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, since December 6, 2018.

Member, Commission for Women, Howard County, 1993-95 (legislative committee).
Senior Assistant State's Attorney, Carroll County, 2001-15.
Division Director, Program Development, Child Support Administration, Department of Human Services, 2016-18.

Born in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, July 16, 1968. Howard Community College, A.A. (general studies), 1992; University of Baltimore, B.A. (jurisprudence), 1994; University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., 1997. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1998. Associate, Kremer & Udoff, P.C., 1998-2000; Silverstein & Ostovitz, LLC, 2000-01. Sole practitioner, 2015-18. Member, American Bar Association, 1997-; Maryland State Bar Association, 1997-; Carroll County Bar Association, 2004-; Baltimore Carroll Chapter, Women's Bar Association, 2011- (board of directors, 2011-12, 2014-). Member, American Association for Justice, 1997-; Maryland Association for Justice, 1997-; Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, 2001-15 (past chair, domestic violence subcommittee; past member, legislative committee). Certificate of Outstanding Support for "Achievement Counts", Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, 2003. Certificate for Outstanding Service to Victims of Crime, State's Attorney's Office, Carroll County, 2003. Member, Bridgeway Community Church, Owings Mills, Maryland, 1998-2004; LifePoint Church, Reisterstown, Maryland, 2004-.

Information courtesy Maryland Manual Online