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Spanish Speaking Felony Trial Teams

The Pima County Public Defender's Office employs discreet teams of Spanish speaking lawyers that handle office felony cases with Spanish speaking clients 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.

Spanish Felony Trial Team Attorneys

Don Klein
Team Leader

Graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 1971; Graduated from University of Arizona College of Law, 1974; Law Clerk, former Judge Lawrence Howard, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, 1974-75; private practice 1975-1980; Felony Trial Attorney, Pima County Public Defender’s Office, 1980-2005 (including work as Chief of the Felony Trial Section and Interim Public Defender); private practice, Chandler & Udall, 2005-2007; Felony Trial Attorney, Pima County Public Defender’s Office, 2007 to present. Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from Arizona Public Defender’s Association, 2004.


Jack O'Brien

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1981; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 1981; lawyer in private practice 1981-85; substantial and extensive experience as a Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1996.


Margo Cowan

Graduate of the Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1985; admitted to the State Bar of Pennsylvania in 1986; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1995; substantial experience as an attorney in general immigration practice since 1986; General Counsel, Tohono O'Odham Nation 1993-2003; Of Counsel, Congressman Raul Grijalva, 2004; extensive pro bono work, mainly in the areas of border/immigration policy development and representation of undocumented persons and refugees; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2004. In March 2007, the National Association for Social Workers- AZ Branch II awarded Margo with the Cesar Chavez Hummanitarian Award for her dedication in advancing human rights for over thirty-five years. An example of this dedication is her co-founding of the group No More Deaths. This group provides assistance to migrants returning from the U.S. to the border towns of Mexico, and their sole puprose is to reduce the amount of deaths in the Arizona Desert.
Languages: Spanish


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Walter Goncalves

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2004; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2005; practical experience as a Law Clerk, Civil Division, Pima County Attorney, 2003-05; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2005.
Languages: Spanish and Portuguese

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Brian Metcalf

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 1985; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Arizona, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; substantial and extensive experience as a Felony Trial Attorney, and an Appellate Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 1985.

Kimberly Sweeney

Graduate of Southwestern University School of Law; admitted to the State Bar of California and Arizona; practiced as an assistant city public defender for the City of Tucson from 2003 2009; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2009.


Erin Carrillo

Graduate of Hamline University School of Law, 2005; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2006; Defense Attorney at the City of Tucson Public Defender's Office from 2006-2009; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2009.


Michael Areinoff

Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2006; Stanford University, B.A., 2003; admitted to the State Bars of California (2006, inactive) and Arizona (2008); litigator in private practice, 2006-2008; in-house counsel for public entity, 2008-2010; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2010.
Languages: Spanish


Elena Kay

Graduate of Temple University school of Law, 2008; B.S., Georgetown University, 2005.  Admitted to the State Bar of Arizona; 2008; Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph W. Howard, Arizona Court of Appeals, 2008-2010; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2011.
Languages: Spanish


Corrinna Ortega

Graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2010; Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 2007; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2011; Lead Law Clerk at the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender, 2011-2012.
Languages: Spanish


Adam Dippel

Graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, 2012; University of California – Berkeley, B.A. 2004; admitted to the State Bar of Arizona, 2012; Judicial Extern to the Honorable Paul J. McMurdie, Maricopa County Superior Court, 2010; practical experience as a Law Clerk, Pima County Public Defender, 2010-2012; Defense Attorney in the Law Offices of the Pima County Public Defender since 2012.

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