Our Staff

Receptionists, case managers, legal assistants, IT staff, investigators, paralegals, office administrators, CJA administrators, research & writing specialists, and attorneys all contribute to providing the highest quality representation to our clients. You will find no more dedicated, compassionate and talented group of people than at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Washington. Together, with courage, commitment and strength, we stand up on behalf of our clients, the community and the Constitution. 

Below is a list of our current staff members.

Name Title Office
Michael Stortini Investigator Tacoma Michael Stortini

 (253) 620-5509
Carolynn Cohn Paralegal Tacoma Carolynn Cohn

 (253) 620-5503
Amy Strickling Paralegal Tacoma Amy Strickling

 (253) 620-5510
Julie Valencia Paralegal Tacoma Julie Valencia

 (253) 620-5524
Miriam Schwartz First Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Miriam Schwartz
First Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5508
Jessica Cvitanovic Case Manager Tacoma Jessica Cvitanovic
Case Manager

 (253) 620-5504
James Miller Computer Systems Administrator Tacoma James Miller
Computer Systems Administrator

 (206) 830-2944
Martiza Pitot Receptionist/Legal Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

John Carpenter Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma John Carpenter
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5502
Colin Fieman Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Colin Fieman
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 593-6710
Jerome Kuh Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Jerome Kuh
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5506
Linda Sullivan Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Linda Sullivan
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5511
Alan Zarky Research & Writing Specialist Tacoma Alan Zarky
Research & Writing Specialist

 (253) 620-5525
Stacey Brownstein Investigator Tacoma Stacey Brownstein

 (253) 620-5501
Greg Murphy Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Murphy
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2945
Suzie Strait Paralegal Seattle Suzie Strait

 (206) 830-2953
Vanessa Pai-Thompson Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Vanessa Pai-Thompson
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2946
Emily Ziel Paralegal Seattle Emily Ziel

 (206) 553-1100
Nancy Tenney Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Nancy Tenney
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2955
Royce Rutherford Office Administrator Seattle Royce Rutherford
Office Administrator

 (206) 830-2948
Michael Filipovic Federal Defender Seattle Michael Filipovic
Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2929
Ann Wagner Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Ann Wagner
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2957
Christine Bowie Administrative Assistant Seattle Christine Bowie
Administrative Assistant

 (206) 830-2920
Jennifer Davis Investigator Seattle Jennifer Davis

 (206) 830-2926
Lynn Shamulka Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel Seattle Lynn Shamulka
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel

 (206) 830-2949
Jennifer Wellman Third-Level Supervisor/Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jennifer Wellman
Third-Level Supervisor/Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2958
Charles Formosa Investigator Seattle Charles Formosa

 (206) 830-2931
Rolando Costilla Case Manager Seattle Rolando Costilla
Case Manager

 (206) 830-2981
Natalie Harmon CJA Panel Administrator Seattle Natalie Harmon
CJA Panel Administrator

 (206) 830-2936
Sara Brin Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Sara Brin
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2921