The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Virginia is dedicated to the defense of indigent persons charged with federal offenses. The Federal Public Defender is authorized and funded pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, or CJA, 18 USC § 3006A, et seq. The office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Virginia includes staffed offices in Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Abingdon.

Mission Statement


Our clients will be heard, respected, and treated in a way that is fair, unburdened by prejudice or bias and promotes their dignity as members of our community. Not only will we fiercely defend our clients, we will do so with compassion, by listening with an open mind and considering the conditions and experiences that have shaped their lives.


Our office will zealously and ethically represent the interests of each client. We will protect and defend our clients with the highest level of uncompromised advocacy.


Our office is committed to excellence, and our staff will always work to hone our expertise in federal criminal defense by engaging in regular training and serving as a model of effective representation for the indigent accused.


Our office will work creatively to find solutions to obtain justice and spur institutional and systemic reforms for our clients.


Our office will lead by building relationships with fellow defense lawyers and the community that will promote the fairer administration of justice for all.