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
Miriam Schwartz First Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Miriam Schwartz
First Assistant Federal Defender

 (253) 620-5508
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
Heather Carroll Assistant Federal Defender Tacoma Heather Carroll
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
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
Jessica Cvitanovic Case Manager Tacoma Jessica Cvitanovic
Case Manager

 (253) 620-5504
Martiza Pitot Receptionist/Legal Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

Jennifer Davis Investigator Seattle Jennifer Davis

 (206) 830-2926
Christopher Sanders Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Christopher Sanders
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2934
Michael Filipovic Federal Defender Seattle Michael Filipovic
Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2929
Charles Formosa Investigator Seattle Charles Formosa

 (206) 830-2931
Jason Strand Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Technology Seattle Jason Strand
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Technology

 (206) 553-1100
Patrick Woodbury Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Procurement Seattle Patrick Woodbury
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Procurement

 (206) 830-2924
Debra Malcolm Investigator Seattle Debra Malcolm

 (206) 830-2942
Jennifer  Kaplan CJA Resource Counsel Seattle Jennifer  Kaplan
CJA Resource Counsel

 (206) 830-2976
Jennifer Wellman Third-Level Supervisor/Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jennifer Wellman
Third-Level Supervisor/Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2958
Alma Coria Paralegal Seattle Alma Coria

 (206) 830-2925
Natalia  Parker Receptionist/Legal Assistant Seattle Natalia  Parker
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

 (206) 830-2200
Sara Brin Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Sara Brin
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2921
Barbara Hughes Paralegal Seattle Barbara Hughes

 (206) 830-2937
Jesse Cantor Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Jesse Cantor
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2922
Michael Larson Paralegal Seattle Michael Larson

 (206) 830-2941
Zhanna Kachurina Financial Administrator Seattle Zhanna Kachurina
Financial Administrator

 (206) 830-2979