District Public Defender
Kirsten Downs

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

Kirsten Gettys Downs, Chief Attorney
Sharon Cole, Supervising Attorney

John Baber, Assistant Public Defender

Nila Bala, Assistant Public Defender

Deena Cooper, Assistant Public Defender

Kinda Cooper, Assistant Public Defender

Ethan Frenchman, Assistant Public Defender

James Gentile, Assistant Public Defender
James Gentile graduated from Towson State University in 1994 and then Graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law in 1997.  He began clerking for the Public Defender’s Office during his second year of law school.  James has been with the Maryland Public Defender’s Office as an attorney since 1998.

Jonathan Kerr, Assistant Public Defender
Mr. Kerr received his law degree in Ireland and practiced as a barrister in London before moving to the United States in 2009. He was then admitted to the New York Bar and engaged in the private practice of law in Albany, New York, before joining the Office of the Public Defender in March 2013.

Genie Lewin, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Lewin graduated with a B.A. from George Washington University in 1994 and was a legal intern in the juvenile division of the D.C.Office of the Corporation Counsel. I received my J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1998. I clerked for the Honorable Dexter Thompson in Cecil County District Court. Before working for the Office of the Public Defender I was employed in the regulatory division of the National Association of Securities Dealers. I began working at the Office of the Public Defender in June of 1999 as the bail review attorney in Harford County.  I was an attorney in Drug Treatment Court for several years before being permanently assigned to the District Court Division at Westside.

Sakinda Skinner, Assistant Public Defender

Brandon Taylor, Assistant Public Defender

Roen Taylor, Assistant Public Defender
Roen K. Taylor received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University before attending law school at Washington University in St. Louis. In law school, he acquired policy advocacy experience in the United States Senate. Moreover, Mr. Taylor is the decorated recipient of the William H. Pomerantz Trial Award. As an attorney with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, his practice primarily entails representing clients in District Court in matters ranging from misdemeanor offenses, incarcerable traffic citations, violations of probation, and bail review proceedings. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland and Virginia. In addition, he is actively involved with the Maryland Association for Justice and the Baltimore City Young Democrats.

Cynthia Mossman, Assistant Public Defender, Drug Treatment Court


Marie McMahon, Office Manager

Shannice Anderson, Parole Rev Subpoenas & Fayette St. Dockets

Bridgett Abramuk, Intake Supervisor

Cassandra Coleman-Jones, Intake

Patricia Howard, Secretary for Drug Court

Tanya Moore, Intake

Cindy Mossman

Denise Savage, Intake

Carolyn Thomas, Intake

Northwest Neighborhood Defenders Unit

Patricia Chappell, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Chappell is a graduate of University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1985. She then served as a judicial law clerk for Honorable Elsbeth L. Bothe from 1985-1986. Ms. Chappell began he work with the Office of the Public Defender in 1986 in Baltimore County and became the Deputy District Public Defender for Baltimore County, 1996 - 2000. She then transferred to work in Office of the Public Defender’s Statewide Administration from 2000 - 2010 in various positions; including Deputy Chief Counsel, Administrative Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer.  Ms. Chappell is currently working as Assistant Public Defender in the Neighborhood Defenders Division since 2010.

Marianne Reyes, Assistant Public Defender
Ms. Reyes received her B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. After working for 3 years as a paralegal in New York City, she attended Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. She received her J.D. in 2012 and was admitted to the Maryland Bar that same year. Ms. Reyes served as a law clerk for all of the judges of the District Court of Baltimore City prior to joining the Office of the Public Defender in the spring of 2013.

Kwaku Danquah, Investigator