Cardin and Van Hollen praise Biden nominee Adam Abelson for the Maryland U.S. District Court seat


Senators had recommended Judge Abelson to President Joe Biden

WASHINGTON— U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today praised President Joe Biden's nomination of U.S. Judge Adam Abelson to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Judge Abelson was nominated to fill the vacancy created by U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar assuming senior status in late April.

“I am pleased that Judge Abelson – known for his hard work and even temper – is being promoted to U.S. District Judge. He has a lifelong commitment to public service and strong ties to both the nonprofit and legal communities in Baltimore.” said Senator Cardin. “It is important that Judge Abelson brings a tremendous range of different legal experiences to the judiciary, including handling complex civil cases and criminal defense. Marylanders should have confidence that Judge Abelson will continue to uphold his judicial oath and ensure equal justice under the law for all parties appearing in his court.”

“Adam Abelson has served the people of Baltimore for more than a decade. He has a proven record of advocating for equal rights under the law and has in-depth knowledge of a wide range of legal issues. These qualities, coupled with his diversity of experience, are exactly what we look for in a federal judge, and that's why we recommended President Biden nominate him to the U.S. District Court in Maryland. Judge Abelson’s outstanding record demonstrates that he is well prepared to serve on the federal bench with the highest integrity, and we look forward to advancing his nomination in the Senate.” said Senator Van Hollen.


Judge Adam B. Abelson has served as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland since 2023. Prior to serving as a judge, Judge Abelson worked in private practice at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP from 2012 to 2023, rising from associate to partner. He served as a law clerk for Judge Andre M. Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 2011 to 2012 and for Judge Catherine C. Blake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland from 2010 to 2011. Judge Abelson received his JD, magna cum laudefrom New York University School of Law in 2010 and his BA, cum laudefrom Princeton University in 2005.

Before studying law, Abelson worked in Santiago, Chile, as a research fellow for Human Rights Watch and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales.

As a litigator at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Abelson represented clients in complex civil litigation, white collar crime and government investigations. He was named The American Lawyer's 2020 Young Lawyer of the Year, one of five nationwide. He maintains an active pro bono practice and is deeply involved in the community and the legal profession. He serves as chair of the American Bar Association's Working Group on Building Public Confidence in the American Justice System, for which he worked on the development of the ABA's Ten Guidelines on Court Fines and Fees and coordinated its development of the ABA Principles for Use in Law Enforcement Camera Guidelines . Since 2017, he has served on the board of the Job Opportunities Task Force, including as vice chair, and as a board member and officer of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.