Chief Administrative Law Judge's Biography

Chung K. Pak Chung K. Pak was appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings on June 9, 2020. Prior to this appointment, Judge Pak served as an Administrative Patent Judge at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board for over twenty-three years, where he adjudicated over 6,000 patent cases involving complex technical and legal issues and wrote over 2000 opinions eligible for appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also practiced law as a corporate intellectual property counsel, where he provided legal advice and counsel on a wide range of intellectual property issues, including domestic and foreign patent procurement, litigation, trade secrets protection, antitrust, licensing, and technology transfer issues.

He received Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1989 and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama in 1982. He is currently admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit, Maryland Bar, Virginia Bar, D.C. Bar, and Patent Bar.

Message from Chief Administrative Law Judge Chung K. Pak

It is my honor to welcome you to Maryland's Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). The OAH takes great pride in serving those who require adjudication or mediation through its impartial hearing body designed by the Legislature to provide independent judges for resolving all types of disputes stemming from actions of Maryland's many executive agencies. These independent judges, referred to as Administrative Law Judges (ALJ), are not affiliated with agencies or Departments from which these disputes arise and are required to provide fair and unbiased hearings consistent with law. These hearings afford Maryland residents an opportunity for due process on actions of agencies or Departments that are before us for review. The OAH prides itself in providing excellent resources, timely and fair adjudication, and mediation for all matters before its ALJs. The OAH is here to serve you in a fair, swift, and accessible manner at all times.

Chief Administrative Law Judge

Chung K. Pak