Our Team

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." — Benjamin Franklin.

Our staff work together to zealously defend each client with courageous, compassionate, client-focused representation. Our defense teams include more than just attorneys. Attorneys, investigators, social workers, advocates, paralegals, and support staff collaborate to provide each client with representation that is tailored to their experiences, needs, and goals.

Executive

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Heather Rogers

Public Defender

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Jonathan Cruz

Chief Deputy Public Defender

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Mandy Tovar

Training, Equity & Development Director

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Caitlin Becker

Director Holistic Defense

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Leadership

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Diana August

Misdemeanor Supervisor

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Michelle Lipperd

Collateral Consequences & Reentry Supervisor

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Jim McMillin

Felony Supervisor

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Athena Reis

Juvenile Justice & Specialty Courts Supervisor

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Attorneys

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Charles Balara

Defense Attorney

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Rory Bartle

Juvenile Justice & Specialty Courts Lead

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T. J. Brewer

Felony Team Lead

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Mark Briscoe

Behavioral Health Lead

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Jordan Davis

Defense Attorney

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Ted Fairbanks

Law & Motions Lead

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Sureyma Gonzalez Rios

Misdemeanor Team Lead

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Davis Hewitt

Defense Attorney

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Shahla Khan

Defense Attorney

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Cherish Om

Defense Attorney

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Ryan Perreault

Defense Attorney

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Micha Rinkus

Defense Attorney

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Anthony Robinson

Felony Team Lead

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Ehvan Schectman

Defense Attorney

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Sarah Schumacher

Felony Team Lead

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Sayuri Takagawa

Misdemeanor Team Lead

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T. Lawrence Tripp
Lawrence Tripp

Defense Attorney

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Stacy Vinyard

Defense Attorney

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Joe Ziebron

Felony Team Lead

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Investigators

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Veronica Alonzo

Investigator

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Christina Garafola

Lead Investigator

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Yesenia Guzman

Investigator

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Catherine Johnson

Lead Investigator

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Ciara Moreno

Investigator Assistant

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David Pacini

Lead Investigator

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Siobhan Rice

Investigator

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Paralegals

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Joana Mendoza

Paralegal

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Lauren Murphy

Paralegal

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Holistic Defense Advocates

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Bricele Aguilar

Social Worker

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Alexander Berry

Partners for Justice Client Advocate

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Andrew Lopez

Partners for Justice Client Advocate

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Yesenia Lopez-Duran

Social Worker

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Cristian Martinez

Partners for Justice Client Advocate

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Lillian Nathanson

Partners for Justice Client Advocate

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Maya Perelli

Partners for Justice Client Advocate

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Hennah Vohra

Partners for Justice Client Advocate

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Administrative Professionals

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Brenda Alvarez

Legal Assistant

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Darlene Amara

Front Desk Specialist

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Luis Elias

Senior Legal Assistant

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Dylan Jones

Information Technology (IT) Business Systems Analyst

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Guadalupe ("Lupita") Lopez

Legal Assistant

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Esther Lobato

Legal Assistant

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Irene Muñoz

Legal Assistant

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