About Us

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio was established in 1973, in accordance with the Criminal Justice Act of 1964. (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3006A)

What we do

We provide legal, investigative, expert and other services in federal criminal cases and related matters to people in need of such assistance who are unable to retain private counsel when appointed by a federal judge or magistrate judge to do so. The Northern District includes the Ohio counties shown on the adjacent Ohio State Map by County. The office operates under the Criminal Justice Act Plan adopted by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The office staff includes trial lawyers, research and writing lawyers, investigators, paralegals, legal assistants, and administrative staff. Contact information for our staff members can be found on the FPD Staff page of this website.

Our Website

This website is intended to provide information related to the administration of criminal justice in federal courts, and information related to recent developments in criminal practice. Interested parties include:

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel attorneys
  • Other criminal defense attorneys
  • Interested members of the public

This information is not intended to constitute legal advice, and should not be used as a substitute for advice from a qualified lawyer. This website provides links to other websites listed in various categories.