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
Carolynn Cohn Paralegal Tacoma Carolynn Cohn
Paralegal

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

 (253) 620-5510
 
Miriam Schwartz First Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Miriam Schwartz
First Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5508
 
Julie Valencia Paralegal Tacoma Julie Valencia
Paralegal

 (253) 620-5524
 
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

 2536205400
 
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
Investigator

 (253) 620-5501
 
Michael Stortini Investigator Tacoma Michael Stortini
Investigator

 (253) 620-5509
 
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
Investigator

 (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
Investigator

 (206) 830-2931
 
Cynthia Simmons Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Operations Seattle Cynthia Simmons
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Operations

 (206) 830-2950
 
Sara Brin Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Sara Brin
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2921
 
Debra Malcolm Investigator Seattle Debra Malcolm
Investigator

 (206) 830-2942
 
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
 
Jesse Cantor Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jesse Cantor
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2922
 
Chelsea Whittler Investigator Seattle Chelsea Whittler
Investigator

 (206) 830-2959