Executive Director

Rick Jones is the executive director and a founding member of the Neighborhood Defender Service. He is a distinguished trial lawyer with 30 years experience in multi-forum litigation. Rick served as the 59th president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and is an inaugural member of the steering committee of the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD). He is the vice-chair of the International Legal Foundation (ILF) and a trustee of Fair Trials International. He has served on the faculties of both Columbia Law School and the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) for more than a decade.

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Senior Management

Alice Fontier

Managing Director, NDS Harlem

Andrea Bridgewater

Chief Operating Officer

Elizabeth Fischer

Managing Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Emily Ponder Williams

Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice, NDS Harlem

Kristine Longstreet

Managing Director, NDS Detroit

Matthew Knecht

Chief of Staff

Roxanna Gutierrez

General Counsel, NDS Harlem

Zainab Akbar

Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice, NDS Harlem

Detroit Staff

Alex Fields

Assistant to Managing Director

Andrew Sullivan

Staff Attorney

Angela Bosetti

Staff Investigator, Criminal Defense Practice

Brandy Robinson

Supervising Attorney

Blase Kearney

Senior Trial Attorney

Brian Gagniuk

Attorney, Felony Non Support

Cait De Mott Grady

Staff Attorney

Cassandra (Sandee ) Stone

Office Administrator

Cheryl Quick

Supervising Attorney

Cody Bradford

Client Advocate

Cynthia Mercado-Cooke

Training Team Administrator

Dalton Roberson

Client Advocate

Dante Taylor

Human Resources Manager

Devon Milner-Young

Investigator

Don Johnson

Attorney, Felony Non Support

Earl Washington

Staff Attorney

Emily Elijah

Staff Attorney

Emily New

Staff Attorney

Eunice McCall

Team Adminstrator

Glen Oh

Staff Attorney

Hannah Baron

Staff Attorney

Jackie Pilcowitz

Staff Attorney

James O’Donnell

Senior Trial Attorney

James Parker

Staff Attorney

Jeff Knoche

Staff Attorney

Joe Bruce

Investigator

Kim Basen-Mishon

Senior Trial Attorney

Ken Riggins

Staff Attorney

Kenneth Jackson

Investigator

Kristen Key

Team Administrator

Kristin LaVoy

Training Director

Lauren Anderson

Staff Attorney

LaBonnie Woodard

Receptionist

Lene Maxwell

Client Advocate for Civil Defense Practice

Mark Procida

Supervising Attorney

Meit Birabiro

Social Worker

Mike Davisson

Social Worker

Nanci Kastaw

Staff Attorney

Nancy Richards

Senior Trial Attorney

Natalie Phelps

Staff Attorney

Renee Wilson

Team Administrator

Robert Burton-Harris

Staff Attorney

Tiffani Palmer

Team Administrator 

Tyrone Bickerdt

Staff Attorney

William Noakes

Staff Attorney

Harlem Staff

Alecia Huie

Assistant to Managing Director

Alexander Frechette Moulter

Senior Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Alexandra Rockoff

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Collateral Consequences Team

Alice Fontier

Managing Director Active

Amanda Donnelly

Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

Amelia Bedoya

Advocate, Family Defense Practice

Amy Armstrong

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Amy Kwak

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Andrew Morales

Assistant Human Resources Manager

Angela Wang

Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

Anjuli Branz

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Annabel Bruno

Client Advocate, Family Defense Practice

Annoguie “Annie” Viruet

Facilities Manager

Anthony Acosta

Executive Assistant

Antigone Archer

Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

Aram Barikian

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Collateral Consequences Team

Ariana Brill

Education Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

 
 
 

Ariel Tejada

Retained Intake Advocate, Criminal Defense Practice

 
 
 

Bethany Woosen

Data Analyst

 
 
 

Brent Low

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Calypso Taylor

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Candice Lee

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

Carlos Hernandez

Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice

 
 
 

Carolyn Klemens

Human Resources Manager

Christina Villegas Armas-Edwards

Mitigation Specialist, Criminal Defense Practice – Homicide Team

Christopher Helwig

Supervising Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Housing Defense Team

Daniela Robles

Legal Advocate, Civil Defense Practice – Immigration Defense Team

Danielle Jackson

Interim Managing Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Dara Pluchino

Social Worker, Civil Defense Practice

Darlene Jackson

Client Advocate, Family Defense Practice

Daudi Justin

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Demi Licona

Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice

Devin Conway

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Dori Brail

Supervising Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Edward McGowan

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Edwin Santana

IT/System Administrator

Elizabeth Bender

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Elizabeth Fischer

Managing Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Elma Zapata

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Elsie Chandler

Director, Criminal Defense Practice – Youth Law Practice

Emily Herder

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Emily Ponder Williams

Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice

Eulalia Q. Sullivan, J.D.

Legal Advocate, Civil Defense Practice – Collateral Consequences Team

Fatima Faloye

Law Graduate, Civil Defense Practice – Housing Defense Team

Francesca Konner

Investigator, Criminal Defense Practice

Garrett Salzman

Investigator, Criminal Defense Practice

Gerlene St Jean

Legal Advocate, Family Defense Practice

Grace Bevilacqua

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Gregory Gomez

Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Hannah Rosner

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Helen Montalvan

Supervising Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Helmis Ortega

Senior Paralegal, Criminal Defense Practice – Homicide Team

Hope Skelly

Investigator, Criminal Defense Practice

Isidermi Leonardo

Team Administrator, Civil Defense Practice – Collateral Consequences/Immigration Defense Teams

Jacob Schneider

Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Jahnavi Bhaskar

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Jane Merrill

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Javionte Johnson

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Jennifer Lambert

Fellow, Criminal Defense Practice – Bail and Decarceration Project

Jenzo Duque

Supervising Investigator, Criminal Defense Practice

Jeremiah Rygus

Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice – Training

Jeremy Tinsley

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Jessica Hallam

Gallogly Fellow, Civil Defense Practice- Collateral Consequences Team

Jill Applegate

Skadden Fellow, Immigration Defense Team, Civil Defense Practice

Josh Hagelgans

Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

Julie Fry

Staff Attorney – Forensic Science, Criminal Defense Practice

Justin Pita

Legal Advocate, Civil Defense Practice – Collateral Consequences Team

Karen Hamberlin

Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Karla Hernandez

Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow, Civil Defense Practice – Immigration Defense Team

Karla Vergara Perez

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Kathryn (Katie) Doman

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Housing Defense Team

Kayan Clarke

Supervising Team Administrator, Civil Defense Practice

Kelsey Burgess

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Kenna Capalbo

Client Advocate, Family Defense Practice

Klevis Baholli

Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

Kristin Heavey

Senior Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Kyung Lee

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Housing Defense Team

Lisa Freedman

Senior Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Liza Oviedo

Team Administrator, Family Defense Practice

Lorena Jiron

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Housing Defense Team

Luis Arnao

Supervising Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice

Marco Balestri

Legal Advocate, Housing Defense Practice

Maria Vanesa Maldonado

Spanish Interpreter

Maria Cristina Moracho

Investigator, Criminal Defense Practice

Mariel Hooper

Interim Supervising Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Collateral Consequences/Housing Defense Teams

Marisa Beckley

Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

Matthew Daloisio

Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice – Arraignments

Matthew Knecht

Chief of Staff

Meghna Philip

Special Litigation Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Melida Ramirez

Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice

Michael Woodruff

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Michelle Villaseñor-Grant

Senior Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice – Homicide Team

Monica Shah

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Naima Gregory

Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Naomi Oberman-Breindel

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Nicole Seigel

Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Nolberto Zubia

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Immigration Defense Team

Paola Velazquez

Team Administrator, Civil Defense Practice – Housing Defense Team

Patricia Williams

Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice

Patrick Jones

Executive Director

Paul Dillon

Investigator, Criminal Defense Practice – Homicide Team

Pierina Reyes

Law Graduate, Civil Defense Practice – Immigration Defense Team

Piyali Basak

Supervising Attorney – Family Practice

Priscilla Vidal

Social Worker, Criminal Defense Practice

Rachael Siegel

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Rebecca Calabrese

Social Work Supervisor, Criminal Defense Practice

Reid Murdoch

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Roxanna Gutierrez

General Counsel

Russell Morse

Mitigation Specialist, Criminal Defense Practice – Youth Law Practice

Ryan Napoli

Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Sadie Miner

Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Sara Wolkensdorfer

Interim Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Collateral Consequences/Housing Defense Teams

Sara Lustbader

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Sarah Merchant

Social Worker, Family Defense Practice

Scott Foletta

Interim Managing Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Immigration Defense Team

Sebastian Estrada

Staff Attorney, Civil Defense Practice – Housing Defense Team

Shalonda Curtis

Shalonda is Community Outreach Coordinator, Family Defense Practice

Sonia Roubini

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice – Youth Law Practice

Stephanie Odom

Fiscal Compliance Manager

Tenisha Cummings

Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Tiffany Wang

Senior Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Trevor Boeckmann

Supervising Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Tricia Wong

Assistant Controller

Varun Bhadha

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Vielka Pena Rodriguez

Receptionist

Wilfredo Sta. Ana

Senior Trial Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice – Homicide Team

William Botchway

Legal Advocate, Civil Defense Practice – Housing Defense Team

William Kendall

Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Willie Vargas

Messenger

Yolinda Ventura

Team Administrator, Criminal Defense Practice

Zachary Wechsler

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Zainab Akbar

Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Zoe Whitehouse

Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

Texas Staff

Alex Alonso

Investigator

Amairani Carrizales

Investigator

Ashley Mize

Client Intake Coordinator

Bobbie Morales

Investigator

Fabiola Martinez

Team Administrator

Faith Castillo

Staff Attorney

Guillermo Urbina

Staff Attorney

Illiana Esparza

Law Grad

Irina Alejandro

Client Advocate

Isabel Alonzo

Team Administrator

Jeff Hohl

Senior Trial Attorney

Julio Mendoza

Client Advocate

Karen Sova

Staff Attorney

Katherine Shamsie

Staff Attorney

Kennison Evans

Staff Attorney

Kimberly Torell

Program Manager

Laura Wallin

Spanish Interpreter

Leland McRae

Senior Trial Attorney

Linda Avila

Office Manager

Manuel Amaro

Spanish Interpreter

Meenu Walters

Supervising Attorney

Megan Harris

Team Administrator

Melissa Smyth

Immigration/Padilla Attorney

Omar Saucedo

Social Worker

Portia Petty

Staff Attorney

Rebecca Davalos

Senior Trial Attorney

Ruby Guizar

Receptionist

Sarah Montrose

Team Administrator

Victoria Chuffo

Staff Attorney