Chief Administrative Law Judge's Biography

Tom Dewberry Thomas Dewberry was appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings on May 22, 2002. He was re-appointed for a second term on January 1, 2008, and for a third term on January 1, 2014 by Governor O'Malley. Judge Dewberry served as a Hearing Examiner and Senior Hearing Examiner for the Maryland Public Service Commission from 1979 until his appointment as Chief Administrative Law Judge in 2002. Judge Dewberry was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1990, 1994 and 1998; he served in the Legislature for 13 years on the House Appropriations Committee and chaired and served on various subcommittees. From 1996 until 2002, Judge Dewberry was elected Speaker Pro Tem.

Judge Dewberry graduated from UMBC in 1973 and from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1977. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Baltimore County Bar Association and of the Maryland Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

Message from Chief Administrative Law Judge Dewberry

Welcome to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) for the State of Maryland. The OAH was created by the Legislature to provide independent judges in all matters dealing with agency action in the State of Maryland. These judges, called administrative law judges, are obligated to provide citizens with a fair and impartial hearing. Their decisions are totally independent from the agencies for which they hold hearings. This hearing function, called due process, is intended to provide a fair and unbiased hearing opportunity for citizens affected by the actions of Maryland executive agencies. In addition to fairness, the OAH provides promptness and informality so that citizens are protected without the complexity so often associated with other judicial forums.

Chief Administrative Law Judge

Thomas E. Dewberry