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)

Our Mission

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Ohio zealously defends indigent citizens in order to preserve, protect and defend the principle of equal justice for all.

Our Creed

We are legal professionals, attorneys, investigators, paralegals and legal support staff, dedicated to defending our fellow citizens by providing them legal counsel in any matter required by statute, regulation, or otherwise authorized. We are zealous advocates for our clients, providing independent trial defense services free from influence by anyone other than the assigned counsel and the Defender. We vigorously represent each and every client within the bounds of the law, consistent with our professional ethics, and in accordance with all applicable rules of practice. We selflessly perform our duties with the utmost integrity and pride, without fear of reprisal from any agent, either internal or external to any branch of the Government, and without expectation of any personal or professional gain.

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.