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Divisions of the Legal Defender

Investigations

The Office of the Legal Defender Investigations Unit helps prepare cases by conducting specialized criminal investigations. Investigators locate and interview witnesses, obtain evidence, prepare investigation reports and assist with defense strategies.

Investigations

  • Greg Carson - Supervisor
  • Frank Rangel
  • Gilbert McReynolds
  • Joe Otero
  • Mack De Santiago
  • Phil Alkhoury
  • Robert Haimovitz
  • Anna Haney

Regional Court Center (RCC) & Early Disposition Court (EDC) Attorneys

The Office of the Legal Defender represents indigent criminal defendants in the Regional Court Center (RCC) and Early Disposition Court (EDC). Some cases start in RCC and EDC to see if an early resolution can be worked out between the state and defense. When cases aren't able to resolve they move up to the trial division and are assigned to a member of the Criminal Trial Unit.

RCC/EDC Attorneys

  • Rhonda O'Neal - Attorney Supervisor
  • Scott Allen
  • James Dailey
  • Marcia Miller
  • Elizabeth Sawyer
  • Michael Sullivan
  • Jason van Doren
  • Christina Walker

Juvenile Dependency/Severance (JD/JS) Attorneys

The Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender serves as court appointed counsel to parents in Dependency and Severance cases. See "Cases We Handle (Juvenile/Dependency)" for more information.

JD/JS Attorneys

  • Bob Bushor - Attorney Supervisor
  • Brooks Hozier - Attorney Supervisor
  • Genene Dyer
  • Brooke Gaunt
  • Frank Johnson
  • Jeff Kolbe
  • Amanda Lauer
  • Sherri McGuire
  • Jeffrey Myer
  • Miranda Nickelson
  • Anne Oppenheim
  • Joy Parker
  • Robert Ripa
  • Carla Sanders
  • Maggie Williams
  • Ann Woodrick

Appeals

The Office of the Legal Defender created an appeals unit in February 2011. The original mission of the unit was to handle appeals of indigent clients who were found to be disabled as the result of a mental disability and court-ordered to receive treatment. These cases are commonly referred to as Mental Health appeals. Since being created the unit has expanded and now handles both Mental Health appeals and Criminal appeals, representing indigent defendants in non-capital cases who have been convicted of a crime following a trial.

Appeals Attorneys

  • Anne Phillips
  • Cynthia Beck

Capital

The Office of the Legal Defender Capital Unit represents indigent criminal defendants that have been charged with Murder and where the state seeks to impose the death penalty.

Capital Attorneys

  • Gary Bevilacqua
  • Jeremy Bogart
  • John Canby
  • Jim Cleary
  • Eric Crocker
  • John Curry
  • Quinn Jolly
  • Gregory Navazo
  • Gregory Parzych
  • Maria Schaffer
  • Gary Shriver
  • Dawn Sinclair

Criminal Trial Group

The Office of the Legal Defender Criminal Trial Unit represents indigent criminal defendants that have been charged with non-capital felony crimes. Cases handled by this unit encompass the entire felony cases ranging from Class 6 (e.g. Possession of Marijuana) to non-capital Homicide.

Criminal Trial Attorneys

  • Michael Lee – Attorney Supervisor
  • Paul Ivy – Attorney Supervisor
  • Shab Amiri
  • Charles Babbitt
  • Sheena Chawla
  • Shannon Collins
  • Danny Evans
  • Justin Franklin
  • Lisa A. Gray
  • Kyle Kinkaid
  • Sarah Lane
  • Robert Shipman
  • Amy Sitver
  • Loyd Tate
  • Charles Vogel
  • Bruce Walker
Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender
222 North Central Avenue, Suite 8100, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Main Office: (602) 506-8800  |  Fax: (602) 506-2088  
Juvenile Dependency/Severance: (602) 506-5800  |  Fax: (602) 506-0921
Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender
222 North Central Avenue, Suite 8100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Main Office
Phone: (602) 506-8800 | Fax: (602) 506-2088
Juvenile Dependency/Severance
Phone: (602) 506-5800 | Fax: (602) 506-0921
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