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
James Miller Computer Systems Administrator Tacoma James Miller
Computer Systems Administrator

 (206) 830-2944
 
Greg Murphy Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Murphy
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2945
 
Vanessa Pai-Thompson Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Vanessa Pai-Thompson
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2946
 
Martiza Pitot Receptionist/Legal Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

 2536205400
 
Charlotte Ponikvar Paralegal Seattle Charlotte Ponikvar
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2947
 
Royce Rutherford Office Administrator Seattle Royce Rutherford
Office Administrator

 (206) 830-2948
 
Jason S Computer Systems Administrator Seattle Jason S
Computer Systems Administrator

 (206) 553-1100
 
Miriam Schwartz First Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Miriam Schwartz
First Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5508
 
Lynn Shamulka Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel Seattle Lynn Shamulka
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel

 (206) 830-2949
 
Cynthia Simmons Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Operations Seattle Cynthia Simmons
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Operations

 (206) 830-2950
 
Janet Stanton Paralegal Seattle Janet Stanton
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2951
 
Patricia Stordeur Paralegal Seattle Patricia Stordeur
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2952
 
Michael Stortini Investigator Tacoma Michael Stortini
Investigator

 (253) 620-5509
 
Suzie Strait Paralegal Seattle Suzie Strait
Paralegal

 (206) 830-2953
 
Amy Strickling Paralegal Tacoma Amy Strickling
Paralegal

 (253) 620-5510
 
Linda Sullivan Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Linda Sullivan
Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5511
 
Nancy Tenney Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Nancy Tenney
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2955
 
Diane Travis Paralegal, CJA Seattle Diane Travis
Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2956
 
Julie Valencia Paralegal Tacoma Julie Valencia
Paralegal

 (253) 620-5524
 
Ann Wagner Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Ann Wagner
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2957
 
Jennifer Wellman Third-Level Supervisor/Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jennifer Wellman
Third-Level Supervisor/Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2958
 
Chelsea Whittler Investigator Seattle Chelsea Whittler
Investigator

 (206) 830-2959
 
Lupe Zamudio Assistant Paralegal, CJA Seattle Lupe Zamudio
Assistant Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2960
 
Alan Zarky Research & Writing Specialist Tacoma Alan Zarky
Research & Writing Specialist

 (253) 620-5525
 
Emily Ziel Paralegal Seattle Emily Ziel
Paralegal

 (206) 553-1100