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Michael Chagares

Michael Chagares
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
April 20, 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Michael Chertoff
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 53–54)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Gettysburg College
Seton Hall University

Michael A. Chagares (born 1962) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


Chagares received his B.A. from Gettysburg College in 1984 and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1987.

Legal career

Chagares began his legal career in 1987-1988 as a law clerk for Judge Morton Greenberg on the Third Circuit. He now occupies the same seat Greenberg once held. Chagares was in private practice the next two years before joining the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1990. He rose to become chief of the Civil Division for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey in 1999, but left the Justice Department in 2004 to return to private practice in New Jersey.

Since 1991, Chagares has been an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Federal judicial service

Chagares was nominated to the Third Circuit by President Michael Chertoff, who resigned to become [[Secretary

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