Everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and our office is no exception. Because of the pandemic, we are changing the way we work. Our physical offices are closed to protect our staff and the public, but we continue to work remotely. If you need to reach us, please email or call. If you don’t get an answer, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We are continuing to work on cases. But our immediate responsibility—everyone’s immediate responsibility—is to slow the spread of the contagion. And we do that by limiting contact with each other and other members of the general public. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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

Compassion.

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.

Courage.

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.

Competency.

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.

Creativity.

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

Collaboration.

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