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
Emily Erickson Paralegal Seattle Emily Erickson

 (206) 553-1100
Diane Travis Paralegal, CJA Seattle Diane Travis
Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2956
Mahkaea Jackson-Sams Investigator Seattle Mahkaea Jackson-Sams

Corey Endo First Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Corey Endo
First Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2928
Lynn Shamulka Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel Seattle Lynn Shamulka
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Personnel

 (206) 830-2949
Lupe Zamudio Assistant Paralegal, CJA Seattle Lupe Zamudio
Assistant Paralegal, CJA

 (206) 830-2960
Megan  Blumm Paralegal Seattle Megan  Blumm

Greg Geist Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Geist
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2933
Rolando Costilla Case Manager Seattle Rolando Costilla
Case Manager

 (206) 830-2981
Amanda  Merfeld Social Work Program Coordinator Seattle Amanda  Merfeld
Social Work Program Coordinator

Andrew Kennedy Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Andrew Kennedy
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2938
Ana Liza Garcia Administrative Assistant Seattle Ana Liza Garcia
Administrative Assistant

 (206) 830-2932
Jennifer  Kaplan CJA Resource Counsel Seattle Jennifer  Kaplan
CJA Resource Counsel

 (206) 830-2976
Mukund Rathi Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Mukund Rathi
Assistant Federal Defender

Vicki Lai Chief Appellate Attorney Seattle Vicki Lai
Chief Appellate Attorney

 (206) 830-2940
Greg Murphy Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Greg Murphy
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2945
Jason Strand Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Technology Seattle Jason Strand
Supervisory Administrative Assistant/Technology

 (206) 553-1100
Zhanna Kachurina Financial Administrator Seattle Zhanna Kachurina
Financial Administrator

 (206) 830-2979
Vanessa Pai-Thompson Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Vanessa Pai-Thompson
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2946
Rebeca Hernandez Clerical Assistant Seattle Rebeca Hernandez
Clerical Assistant

Nancy Tenney Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Nancy Tenney
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2955
Colin Fieman Federal Defender Seattle Colin Fieman
Federal Defender

Chevy Echeverria Investigator Seattle Chevy Echeverria

Ann Wagner Assistant Federal Defender Seattle Ann Wagner
Assistant Federal Defender

 (206) 830-2957