District Public Defender
Elizabeth L. Julian

Deputy District Public Defender
Natalie Finegar

Headquarters | Baltimore City
Felony Trial Division
201 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: 410 333 4900
Fax: 410 333 4864
Hours: 8:00am – 4:30pm

 

 

 

Headquarters | Baltimore City
FELONY TRIAL DIVISION – DISTRICT ONE

Elizabeth Julian, District Public Defender
Elizabeth L. Julian is a native of Baltimore City. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1978. She joined the firm of Mitchell and Lee, P.A., later known as Bloom and Julian, P.A. where she was a partner in private practice for ten years, while also working with the Office of the Public Defender as a panel attorney, handling appeals and felony cases.  She was on the felony trial staff for eight years and served as Chief of the Felony Trial Division from 1993 to 1995. She served as Deputy District Public Defender until 1999 when she became, and continues to be, the District Public Defender for Baltimore City. She also served briefly as the Acting Public Defender for the State of Maryland during a change in Administration. She has been a youth mentor in her community and has received various awards for her public service.


Natalie Finegar, Deputy District Public Defender
Natalie Finegar graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with a JD in 1993. She was the winner of the Hoffberger Clinical Law Prize. Ms. Finegar clerked for the Honorable Elsbeth Levy Bothe and then joined the office in 1995. Ms. Finegar has worked in Baltimore City for her entire career, after spending eight years as a line attorney; she served as Chief Attorney of Central Booking Intake Facility, Chief Attorney of Wabash District Court Division, and was appointed Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore City in 2013.

Davina Hall, Administrative Aide
DaVina Hall received her education at Towson State University in 1986.  DaVina joined the Office of the Public Defender in August of 2001 as a Secretary I at Central Booking ant Intake Facility.  In 2006, she was promoted to Administrative Aide in the Administration Department for District I. DaVina has held other State employment such as: District Court of Maryland and Child Support Offices.

David Walsh-Little, Chief Attorney, Felony Trial Division
David Walsh-Little serves as Chief Attorney for the felony trial division in Baltimore City and has been with the Office of the Public Defender since 2002. Just before joining the office he was managing attorney at St. Ambrose Legal Services in Baltimore.  David graduated from Columbia Law School in 1994. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Maryland.  David has represented clients in complex civil litigation, post-conviction death penalty cases, and in countless criminal jury trials.  He enjoys biking to work.

Sonia Johnson, Office Manager

Greg Fischer, Supervising Attorney
Gregory Fischer received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.  He joined the Office of the Public Defender in 1997 and spent two years as an attorney in the District Court Division at Wabash Avenue.  In 1999 he transferred to the Misdemeanor Jury Trial Division. Mr. Fischer has tried cases in the Felony Trial Unit since 2000.

Anne-Marie Gering, Supervising Attorney
Ms. Gering graduated from Loyola College in 1987 with a degree in English Literature and minor in Philosophy.  After graduation from the University of Baltimore School of Law, she worked as a law clerk for the Prince Georges District Court Judges under Chief Judge Frank Kratovil.  Anne-Marie started her career at the Office of the Public Defender in 1991 in the Eastside District Court and continued to Misdemeanor Jury unit.  Ms. Gering has been in the Felony Division since 1994.  She is a member of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Natasha Moody, Supervising Attorney

Janet Anderson, Assistant Public Defender
Janet Andersen graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law with a JD in 2003, where she earned a position as a staff member of the Law & Psychology Review law journal and she was awarded the Order of the Samaritan. Ms. Andersen has been an attorney in Baltimore City since 2004.

R. Warren Andrews, Assistant Public Defender

Frank Cappiello, Assistant Public Defender
Mr.Cappiello received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of law in 1998. He was admitted to the Maryland State Bar in that year. Mr. Cappiello joined the Maryland Office of Public Defender in 1999.

Paula Cline, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Cline received her J.D. from The University of Baltimore School of Law in 1998.  Following her graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Carol E. Smith.  She joined the Office of the Public Defender in 1999.

Martin Cohen, Assistant Public Defender

Robert Cohen, Assistant Public Defender
Mr. Cohen received his B.A. from the University of California in Berkeley. He then went on to receive his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Mr. Cohen spent a number of years as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Allegany County. He has served for many years in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. Mr. Cohen has been an assistant public defender in the Baltimore City Felony Division since June 1999. He has extensive litigation experience.

Sean Coleman, Assistant Public Defender
Mr. Coleman earned his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law in 1999. Since that time, he has worked as an attorney for the Office of the Public Defender in numerous positions, most recently in Baltimore City's felony trial division.

Jessica Colwell, Assistant Public Defender
Jessica Colwell graduated magna cum laude from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 1996.  She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with a J.D. in 1999.  She also earned a certificate in health care law in 1999 from the University of Maryland School of Law.  She became a member of the Maryland State Bar in December, 1999.  Before joining the Office of the Public Defender she worked as an attorney at Rapaport and Skalny, L.L.C, where she practiced business and civil law.  In 2000 she became a member of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.  Following that she worked at Weinstock, Friedman & Friedman practicing general litigation.  She joined the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore City in 2001.  She has been a member of the felony trial team since 2005.

Michael Cooper, Assistant Public Defender

Louis Curran, Assistant Public Defender
Louis Brendan Curran received his B.A. (1975) from Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. (1981) from the University of Maryland School of Law. While in school, he co-chaired MD NORML with the late Alan Goldstein, Esq., lobbying for marijuana law reform, and interned for State Del. George Santoni. Curran worked for U. S. District Judge Joseph C. Howard (U.S.D.C./ District of Maryland) as his assigned court clerk and as one of his law clerks from 1980 to 1986.  After 2 years in private practice, Curran returned to public service, joining the OPD in 1988.  Curran served one year in the Baltimore City CINA Unit, then a year in the Inmate Services Division (now "Collateral Review Division"), followed by 5 years in the Baltimore City District Court Division; he has been working in the Baltimore City Felony Trial Division since the end of 1995.  A regular pro bono legal adviser to local progressive movements, Curran serves on the Advisory Board of the Research Associates Foundation in Baltimore.  An habitual small-time fundraiser for various other law-related causes in his spare time, Curran was honored with a Leadership Award from NACDL in 2010.

Sharon Dubey, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Dubey was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1992. She joined the Office of the Public Defender in 1994. Ms. Dubey currently is a trial attorney in the Baltimore City Felony Division.

Robert Durkin, Jr., Assistant Public Defender
Mr. Durkin Jr., graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in 1974. He then obtained his M.S. from John Hopkins University in 1976. Mr. Durkin, Jr. then obtained his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has been a member of Maryland Bar since 1980.  Mr. Durkin joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2000.

Corey Ferrusi, Assistant Public Defender
Mr. Ferrusi received his High School Diploma from Gonzaga College High School in 1988.  He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Criminal Justice.  He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1997 and was admitted to practice law in December 1997.  Following his graduation, he was in private practice and handled panel juvenile cases until June 1999. Mr. Ferrusi joined the Office of the Public Defender in July 1999 and has been a member of the Felony Division in Baltimore City since 2003.

Ilene Frame, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Frame was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1986. Following her graduation from law school, she served as the judicial law Clerk to the Honorable William M. Nickerson in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County from 1986-1988.  Ms. Frame then became a contractual attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore County from 1988-1993.  From 1993 to 2004 she was in private practice.  She joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2004.

Sarah Gottlieb, Assistant Public Defender

Brenda Holley, Assistant Public Defender

Marci Johnson, Assistant Public Defender

Jerome LaCorte, Assistant Public Defender
Jerome LaCorte graduated from Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland School of Law.  He is admitted to the bars of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. LaCorte has practiced with the Appellate Division of OPD, and as a trial lawyer in Districts Two and Three. Since 2001 his practice has been in Baltimore City felony trial division.

Deborah Katz Levi, Assistant Public Defender
Debbie received her law degree from the University of Utah, where she was a staff member of the Utah Law Review, a Leary Scholar, and a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement award in legal writing and appellate practice.  In her third year of law school, Debbie began her work as a public defender, clerking in the appellate division of the Salt Lake Legal Defenders.  After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Judge Pamela Greenwood at the Utah Court of Appeals, and from there, she resumed her career as a public defender with the Salt Lake Legal Defenders, practicing in the appellate, misdemeanor, and felony trial divisions.  In 2012, Debbie relocated to Maryland to work with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender as a felony trial attorney.   Debbie is also a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

Megan Lewis, Assistant Public Defender

Isabel Lipman, Assistant Public Defender

Zina Makar, Assistant Public Defender

John Markus, Assistant Public Defender

Thomas McComiskey, Assistant Public Defender
Mr. McComiskey served nine years in the United States Army.  Following his service he received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore in 1998.  He joined the Office of the Public Defender in 1999 and spent six years in the Baltimore City District Court.  In 2006 he transferred to the Baltimore City Misdemeanor Jury Trial unit.  Mr. McComiskey was transferred to the Baltimore City Felony Trial unit in January of 2008.

Jane McGough, Assistant Public Defender
Jane McGough graduated with a bachelor's in education from Miami University in 1980. Her master's work at Iowa State University was in social psychology and administration of sport.   For the next five years she administered and coached at Franklin University and Oberlin College.   Next, Ms. McGough attended University of Toledo College of Law.  Upon graduation, she entered private practice, practicing in both federal and state courts.  Ms. McGough joined the OPD in spring 1992, assigned to District Ten-Howard County.  She joined the Baltimore City office in 1994. Her entire time in Baltimore City has been in the Felony Division.

Janine Meckler, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Meckler graduated from Western Maryland College and University of Baltimore School of Law.  She has worked in the Baltimore County and Baltimore City Public Defender offices in the Juvenile, CINA, District Court, Misdemeanor, and Felony Divisions.  Ms. Meckler is a member of the Maryland Bar, the United States District Court of Maryland Bar, and the United States Supreme Court Bar.  She is also a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, MCDAA, and NACDL, and was appointed to the NACDL Indigent Defense Committee.

Karyn Meriwether, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Meriwether graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with majors in psychology and anthropology. She earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. Ms. Meriwether earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She has completed the forty-hour mediation certification program through University of Baltimore with Professor Melanie Vaughn and also completed the Appellate Clinic at UB taught by Michael Braudes. While attending UB, I worked continuously, beginning from my first semester, as a law clerk in the OPD Felony Division. Ms. Meriwether is currently a felony trial attorney.

Natasha D. Moody, Assistant Public Defender
Natasha Dartigue Moody is a graduate of Howard University School of Law. While at Howard University, she was a member of Law Journal and served as the third year Class Vice President. Upon graduation, she served as law clerk for the Honorable Roger W. Brown, Judge of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. She then joined the Office of the Public Defender, as an attorney in the Juvenile Division. She has moved through the ranks from Juvenile, through the District Court, then Misdemeanor Jury to her present assignment in the Baltimore City Felony Trial Division. In addition to her zealous representation and client-centered advocacy, she places great emphasis on the importance of community involvement. She serves as a volunteer mediator for the Community Mediation Program and mentor for students on the high school, college and law school level. She takes great pride in her community outreach efforts, which includes past experience as a Mock Trial Team Coach for Polytechnic High School, and math tutor for the Baltimore County Community College GED program.

Filia Morgan-Xavier, Assistant Public Defender
F.Morgan-Xavier graduated from University of Baltimore, School of Law in 2000 and has been with the Office of the Public Defender since 2001.

Maureen O’Leary, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. O’Leary received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Ms. O’Leary started her career as a law clerk in the Office of the Public Defender. She later transferred to the Drug Court.  Ms. O’Leary has served in Baltimore City in the District Court, Misdemeanor Jury Trial Unit and finally Felony trial attorney.

Todd Oppenheim, Assistant Public Defender
Todd Oppenheim is an attorney licensed to practice law in Maryland.  Todd currently works in the Baltimore City Felony Trial unit handling cases ranging from drug possession up to murder charges.  Todd received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2003.  Upon his graduation from law school, Todd clerked for the Public Defender's office until he was hired as an attorney in early 2004.  As an attorney, Todd has previously worked at several locations in the PD's office including Baltimore City Detention Center, Eastside District Courthouse, and the Baltimore Misdemeanor Jury Trial Unit. Todd has attended the National Criminal Defense College and has tried over one hundred cases including over 60 jury trials.

Brandon Patterson, Assistant Public Defender
Mr. Patterson was born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland. He received his J.D. from Howard University School of Law, where in his last year he was a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic, representing individuals in misdemeanor and felony matters in Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Mr. Patterson joined the Office of Public Defender in 2006.

Charles Paul, Assistant Public Defender

Rosemary Ranier, Assistant Public Defender
Rosemary Motsay Ranier graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She joined the Public Defender's Office as a law clerk and worked in the Juvenile, Collateral Review and Felony Divisions.  Upon being admitted to the Maryland Bar she was given a position as an Assistant Public Defender and worked in the Juvenile, Misdemeanor and Felony Divisions.  She has been in the positions of Felony Attorney Supervisor, Headquarters Supervisor, and Acting Chief of the Juvenile Division.  She is presently assigned to the Felony Division.  She has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and she is also licensed to practice in Washington, D.C. and New York.

Scott Reid, Assistant Public Defender

Maureen Rowland, Assistant Public Defender
Maureen L. Rowland graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1988. She served as the Assistant Publications Director for the Maryland Institute for the Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. (MICPEL) until 1991 when she joined the Office of Public Defender as a line attorney in Baltimore City. In 1994, she transferred to the Harford County office where she practiced until 1997. She left the office to practice civil law with the Law Office of Michael H. Burgoyne in Towson but returned to the Office of Public Defender in 2002 where she has been practicing in the Felony Trial Division of District 1 through the present. In addition to her law practice, she was elected to serve as a Commissioner in the Town of Bel Air for a 4-year term from 1999 to 2002. She also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Law in the Legal Research and Writing Program and in the Clinical Law Program.

Julie Shapiro, Assistant Public Defender
Julie Shapiro graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1995.  She joined the Office of the Public Defender in 1996, working in the Baltimore City District and Circuit Courts.

Romel Showell, Assistant Public Defender
Romel W. Showell graduated from The University of Baltimore School of Law in 1991.  Upon graduation, he clerked for the Hon. Arrie W. Davis of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals where he focused on zoning, contracts, and juvenile matters.  Romel joined the Office in the fall of 1992 in the juvenile division.  In the ensuing twenty-one years, he has served in the District Court, Misdemeanor Jury Trial and Felony Trial Divisions, and in 2001accepted the position of Lead Attorney for the Felony Drug Initiative in the Circuit Court Drug Treatment Court.

Deborah Spector, Assistant Public Defender

Anne Stewart-Hill, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Stewart-Hill received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2004.  She graduated with Honors and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. Following her graduation she worked in private practice in death penalty litigation and on behalf of students with special education needs.  She re-joined the Office of the Public Defender in 2005 after clerking for the Felony Trial Division while in law school; she worked initially for the Innocence Project and later in District One.  She has been an attorney in the Felony Trial Division since January 2013.

Amy Stone, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Stone received her J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in 1995.  That summer she started as an Assistant Public Defender with the Broome County (N.Y.) Office of the Public Defender where she stayed for the next seven years.  In 2003, Ms. Stone joined the District One/Baltimore City Felony Unit of the Office of the Public Defender.

Avie Stone, Assistant Public Defender
Avie Stone graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a J.D. in 1992. During Law School Mr. Stone clerked in the Capitol Defense Division as well as the Felony Trial Division of the office.  After law school he was commissioned in the United States Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps where he served on active duty from 1992-1996. After leaving the Navy, Mr. Stone opened his own practice in Rockville, MD.  In 1999 Mr. Stone moved to Italy where he continued to represent both service members and civilians.  Upon his return from Italy, Mr. Stone joined the office in the Felony Trial division in 2002.  Mr. Stone also re-commissioned in United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Kelly Swanston, Assistant Public Defender

Brandon Thornton, Assistant Public Defender
Brandon Thornton has been an Assistant Public Defender for ten years. He has served in the Juvenile, District Court, Misdemeanor Trial, and Felony Divisions. Prior to joining the Office of the Public Defender, he was a Judicial Law Clerk for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. He is a current member of the Judicial Selections Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and a past co-chair of the Government and Public Interest Lawyers Committee.

Jill Trivas, Assistant Public Defender
Jill R. Trivas graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1986 with a JD.  Ms. Trivas then went on to clerk for the Honorable Cypret Whitfill in the Harford County Circuit court.  Ms. Trivas then went to work for the Carroll County State's Attorney Office in 1988 until 1991 where she was a district and then a circuit court prosecutor.  In 1991 Ms. Trivas Joined the Baltimore City Public Defenders Office as a felony Public Defender where she still works today.

Deborah Warner, Assistant Public Defender
Deborah Warner graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1998.  Deborah aspired to practice law in the public interest sector so, during law school, she was hired as a law clerk in the Juvenile Division.  Deborah was later hired by the Honorable Marcella A. Holland as a judicial law clerk. In 1999, Ms. Warner was hired by the Office as a line attorney in the Juvenile Division.  She has worked in Baltimore City for her entire career where she is presently in the Felony Trial Division.

Denise Winston, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Winston graduated from Regent University School of Law with a J.D. in 2002. She received a Public Interest Scholarship and was a member of the Black Law Students Association, Trial Advocacy Association, and the Student Bar Association. Ms. Winston later interned with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, as well as, the Legal Aide Society in Norfolk, Virginia. Ms. Winston graduated Summa Cum Laude from Norfolk State University and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. She began working with the Office of Public Defender as a Panel Attorney, and was later hired to work at the Central Booking and Intake Facility.  Ms. Winston currently works as a felony trial attorney in Baltimore City, Maryland.

Linda Zeit, Assistant Public Defender
Linda Zeit graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1996.  She joined the Office of the Public Defender in 1997, working in the Baltimore City District and Circuit Courts.  Ms. Zeit has a Master's of Science degree in biology and is a registered Patent Attorney.

Support Staff

Janice Forbes, Secretary
Ms. Forbes joined the Office of the Public Defender in 1998 in the Howard County office. She then went to the Felony trial Division in 2001 where She is currently a Felony trial secretary.

Amira Franco, Administrative Aide

Carolyn Harvin, Secretary
Carolyn Harvin is a Legal Secretary here in District #1 Felony Department.  Ms. Harvin went to school to become a Court Stenographer. She has been with the Public Defender's Office for 15 years. Ms. Harvin enjoys her job and working with the Attorneys here at the Public Defender's Office.

Karen Logan, Secretary
Ms. Logan Started at the Office of the Public Defender in February 1994.  She worked 17 years in the Collateral Review Division as a Secretary/Receptionist.  Ms. Logan received an Associates of Science Degree/Legal Studies from the Baltimore City Community College. She is best known for her positive energy and client-centered personality.

Lecia Smith, Secretary

Jerri Spry, Secretary

Theresa Cain, Paralegal

Nikiana Dorsey

John McGlothlin, Paralegal
Mr. McGlothlin graduated from San Jacinto Community College in 1980 with an AA in Psychology, a BS from the University of Houston in Psychology in 1982, an AAS from Anne Arundel Community College in 2003 in Paralegal Studies, a Paralegal Certificate in 2004 from Anne Arundel, and a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2005.  Mr. McGlothlin previously worked for the state with the WSSC, and began work in 2006 for OPD as a paralegal in District One.

Jeanne Ross, Social Worker