Our History

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey was created in 1973 by the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 (18 U.S.C. sec. 3006A). In accordance with that law, a federal district court (the trial courts of the federal judicial system) may establish a defender organization if at least two hundred persons in the district annually require the appointment of counsel.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey represents indigent defendants before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Representation includes counsel, investigative, expert, and other services necessary for an adequate defense.

The Office includes the Federal Public Defender, Assistant Federal Public Defenders, Research and Writing Specialists, Investigators, Paralegals, Mitigation Specialists, IT and administrative staff. They handle caseloads composed of federal misdemeanors, felonies, probation violations, habeas corpus, grand jury representation, direct appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and petitions for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Federal Public Defender is appointed to a four-year term by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, after consideration of recommendations made by the District Court.

The Federal Public Defender appoints as many attorneys as the U.S. Court of Appeals approves and other personnel as approved by the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.


800-840 Cooper Street
Suite 350
Camden, NJ 08102
United States

Phone: 856-757-5341
Fax: 856-757-5273


  • Julie McGrain

Assistant Federal Public Defender

  • Ikram Ally
  • Lori M. Koch
  • James Maguire
  • Maggie Moy
  • Christopher O'Malley
  • Thomas Young

Appellate Assistant Federal Public Defender

  • Alison Brill

Litigation Support Specialist

  • Giselle Pomerleau, Supervisor, Training and Litigation Support
  • Gisela Garcia, Litigation Support Specialist


  • Tracey Livingston


  • Orlando Nieves
  • Dana Thomas

Mitigation Specialist

  • Delia Ryan

1002 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Phone: 973-645-6347
Fax: 973-645-3101

Federal Public Defender

  • K. Anthony Thomas

First Assistant Federal Public Defender

  • Patrick McMahon

Third Level Supervisory Assistant

  • John Yauch

Administrative Officer

  • Gloria Durden

Assistant Federal Public Defender

  • Carol Dominguez
  • Timothy Donahue
  • Linda Foster
  • David Holman
  • Candace Hom
  • Claressa Lowe
  • Tatiana Nnaji
  • Adalgiza Nuñez
  • Areeb Salim
  • Laura Sayler
  • Rahul Sharma
  • Michael Thomas

Appellate Assistant Federal Public Defender

  • Anita Aboagye-Agyeman, Mitigation Specialist Supervisor
  • Louise Arkel
  • Evan Austin


  • Haifa Arab
  • Nicholas Ianos
  • Monerah ​Quye


  • Martin de Bourmont
  • Nicole Dreyer
  • Colleen Flanagan, Senior Investigator
  • Nicole Gaspar

Mitigation Specialist

  • Elba L. Torres-Perez

22 South Clinton Avenue
Station Plaza #4, Fourth Floor
Trenton, NJ 08609
United States

Phone: 609-989-2160
Fax: 609-989-2153


  • Saverio Viggiano

Assistant Federal Public Defender

  • Andrea Aldana
  • Adam Axel
  • Benjamin West

Appellate Assistant Federal Public Defender

  • Timothy Shepherd


  • Walter Coulther Jr.
  • Yanet Estrella


  • Teri Moore, Senior Investigator