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Felony Team Attorneys


The Pima County Public Defender's Office employs discreet teams of lawyers that handle office felony cases as part of their team mission. This enables cases to be reviewed by more senior attorneys in the group and provides an opportunity for less experienced lawyers to be mentored by those with substantial experience.

Felony Team I

Howard Wine
Team Leader

Graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law, 1989; Stanford University, B.A., 1980; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1990; practiced in civil litigation 1990 – 2001; Assistant Pima County Legal Defender, 2001-2006; Assistant Pima County Public Defender since 2006.


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Monique Lyon

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1992; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1994; practical experience as a Law Clerk for the Pima County Attorney 1992-94; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Juvenile and Felony Divisions of the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1994.

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Carmen Holdridge

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2002; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2002; Law Review; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable John Davis, Pima County Superior Court; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender, and its Juvenile Division, since 2002.

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Marla Rapaport

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1990; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1991; practical experience as a Law Clerk and an Investigative Intern; substantial and extensive experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1991.

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Greg Berger

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2001; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2001; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2006.

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Verne Hill

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1995; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1995, and the United States District Court of Arizona, 2001; Defense Attorney, Pima County Public Defender, 1996-2001; Criminal Defense Attorney in private practice, 2001-02; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1996.


Rick Kingston

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1984; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1985; Associate Attorney in a private Arizona law firm, 1985-87; substantial and extensive experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender, representing juveniles and adults since 1987, and specializing in sex crimes cases since 1992.




Felony Team II


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Dean Brault
Team Leader

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1996; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1996; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable John E. Davis, Pima County Superior Court, 1997; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1997.


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Walter Palser

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1998; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1998; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Clark Munger, Pima County Superior Court, 1999-2000; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2000.

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Kevin Burke

Graduate of the UCLA School of Law, 2000; admitted to the State Bar of California, 2000, and the State Bar of Arizona, 2004; Associate Attorney for a private California law firm, 2000-03; Criminal Defense Attorney for the Orange County Alternate Defender, CA, 2003-05; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.

Kurt Mosley

Graduate of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Pro Bono Honors, 2002; Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 1987; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2002, the United States District Court of Arizona, 2003; Law Clerk, private California criminal defense firm, 2002-03; Associate Attorney, Criminal Team, private Arizona law firm, 2003; Defense Attorney in the Yuma County Legal Defender's Office, 2003-04; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2004.


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Tatiana G. Struthers

Graduate of the International Institute of Economy and Law, Moscow, Russia, LLB 1998; University of Arizona College of Law, LLM 2001, Master in International Trade Law; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2002; Deputy Public Defender at the Mohave County Public Defender's Office, 2003-05; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.
Languages: Russian

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John Sando

Graduate of William and Mary School of Law, 1973; admitted to the State Bar of Virginia in 1973; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, the United States District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1974; attorney in private practice 1976-80, and solo practitioner 1980-2004; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2006.

Joel Feinman

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2007; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2007; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Ted B. Borek, Pima County Superior Court, 2005; practical experience as a Law Clerk, Pima County Public Defender, 2006-2007; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2007.


Sarah A. Bullard

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2008; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2009; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Maurice Portley, Arizona Court of Appeals, 2008-2009; practical experience as a law clerk with the Pima County Public Defender, 2005-2006; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2009.

Megan Hendricks

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2010; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2010; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Deborah Bernini, Pima County Superior Court, 2010-2011; practical experience as a law clerk with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona, 2008-2010 and as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona Criminal Defense Clinic, 2010; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2011.
Vladimir Novokshchenov

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2010; Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2011; practical experience as a 28(d) with the Pima County Public Defender Office 2009-2010; law clerk at the Pima County Public Defenders Office 2009-201; Defense Attorney at the Pima County Public Defender Office since 2011.
Efthymios Katsarelis

Graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, 2011; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2011; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Charles P. Kocoras, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2011; practical and trial experience as a Supreme Court of Illinois Rule 7.11 (temporarily bar licensed senior law student) at the Law Offices of the Cook County Public Defender in Maywood, Illinois 2010-2011; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Charles Pyle, United States District Court, District of Arizona, 2008; LLM in International Trade Law and Business, the University of Arizona College of Law, 2008; criminal Defense Attorney in private practice, Athens, Greece 2004-2007. Admitted to the Athens Bar Association, 2004 (active); Graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Law, 2004. Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2012.
Languages: Greek

Esther Brilliant

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2011; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2012; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael O. Miller, Pima County Superior Court, 2005; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2012.


Jason Rosell

Graduate of the Arizona State University College of Law 2001; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2001. Substantial criminal law experience (Deputy Public Defender La Paz County Public Defender’s Office 2001-2003; Deputy Public Defender Maricopa County Public Defender Office 2003-2012; Joined Pima County Defender’s Office 2012.)


Renee Hampson

Graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Finance.  She went on to earn her Juris Doctor Degree from Whittier College School of Law in Los Angeles, California.  She practiced at the Chelan County Public Defender’s Office in Wenatchee, Washington for eleven years prior to coming to the Pima County Public Defender’s Office in December, 2012.  There, she was the Juvenile Division Supervisor, representing juvenile clients in offender and status cases, as well as supervising three attorneys in Juvenile and Dependency court.  She also practiced in Misdemeanor and Felony court.  She is licensed in both Washington and Arizona. 


Felony Team III

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MIke Rosenbluth
Team Leader
Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1992; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1992; Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); Member, (Board of Governors 1997-2001) Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice (AACJ) ; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1993.

Leo Masursky

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1997; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1997; practical experience as an Intern to the United States Attorney, Tucson, 1996; Legislative Intern to the Honorable John McCain, United States Senate, 1996; Law Clerk, Pima County Attorney, 1997; Deputy Santa Cruz County Attorney, 1997-98; Assistant Tribal Prosecutor, White Mountain Apache Tribe, 1998-99; Board Member, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice ( AACJ); Member of the Steering Committee, Pima County Mental Health Court; substantial experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1999.
Languages: Mandarin Chinese


Matt Messmer

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2001; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2001; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2001.


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Paul Skitzki

Graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, 1989; admitted to the State Bar of California, 1990, and the State Bar of Arizona, 1998; Associate Attorney in private law firms, 1990-99; Deputy Pima County Attorney, 1999-2004, Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.

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Dawn Priestman

Graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law, 2005; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2005; Defense Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.

Kyle Ipson

Graduated from Baylor School of Law in November, 1984. Licensed to practice in Texas (1984, inactive), Colorado (1986, inactive) and Arizona (2006). Deputy District Attorney, 7th Judicial District, Gunnison, Colorado (1990-1994); Chief Deputy District Attorney, 6th Judicial District, Durango, Colorado (1994-1996); Alternate Defense Counsel, 6th Judicial District, Durango, Colorado, (1996-2002) Extensive experience in criminal trial practice from 1984 to present.

Katie Estavillo

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2007; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2007; Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Michael Cruikshank, Pima County Superior Court, 2007-2008; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2008.


Adam Page

Graduate of Hamline University School of Law, 2005; admitted to the State Bar of Minnesota, 2006 and the State Bar of Arizona in 2007; Deputy Yavapai County Attorney, 2007-2009; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2009.


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Staci Vierthaler

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2008; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 2009; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Stephen C. Villarreal, Pima County Superior Court, 2008-2009; practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona Law College Child Advocacy Clinic, 2007; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2009.

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Sean Bruner

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1982; Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship; Certifited Specialist in Criminal Law, 1990; Former practice with Ralls & Bruner, Bruner & Bowman & Upham; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2010.

Clayton Kamm

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2008; Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2009; Certificate in Criminal Law and Policy from the University of Arizona; Board Member of the Arizona Association of Criminal Justice; Fellow of the Arizona Justice Project; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2009.


Erin Sutherland

Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2009; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2010. Practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona Criminal Defense Clinic, 2009, and as a law clerk 2008-2010, and lead law clerk, 2010-2011, with the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender. Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2011.


Michael Brooks

Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2010; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2011; judicial law clerk for the Honorable Howard Fell, Pima County Superior Court, 2010-2011; practical experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona's prosecution clinic, 2009-2010, and as a criminal law clerk with the Pima County Attorney's Office, 2008-2010; recipient of the State Bar of Arizona's Criminal Justice Section Book Scholarship, 2009; defense attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defenders Office since 2011.


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Amanda Bynum


Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2009; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2010; Practical Experience as a Rule 38(d) attorney in the University of Arizona Law College Criminal Defense Clinic, 2008-2009; Associate Attorney in a private Arizona Law firm,  2010-2012; Board Member of the Pima County Young Lawyers Division, Pima County Young Lawyers Division delegate to the State Bar of Arizona; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2012. 

 

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