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
Martiza Pitot Receptionist/Legal Assistant Tacoma Martiza Pitot
Receptionist/Legal Assistant

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
Greg Murphy Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Murphy
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2945
Royce Rutherford Office Administrator Seattle Royce Rutherford
Office Administrator

 (206) 830-2948
Natalie Harmon CJA Panel Administrator Seattle Natalie Harmon
CJA Panel Administrator

 (206) 830-2936
Vanessa Pai-Thompson Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Vanessa Pai-Thompson
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2946
Lynn Shamulka Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel Seattle Lynn Shamulka
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel

 (206) 830-2949
Diane Travis Paralegal, CJA Seattle Diane Travis
Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2956
Nancy Tenney Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Nancy Tenney
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2955
Rolando Costilla Case Manager Seattle Rolando Costilla
Case Manager

 (206) 830-2981
Lupe Zamudio Assistant Paralegal, CJA Seattle Lupe Zamudio
Assistant Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2960
Ann Wagner Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Ann Wagner
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2957
Ana Liza Garcia Case Manager Seattle Ana Liza Garcia
Case Manager

 (206) 830-2932
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