We are public defenders for the 21st century.

NYCDS strives to ensure that our staff reflects the diversity of the communities we represent. Our diverse team speaks more than 20 different languages, including Arabic, Bangla, Bengali, Cantonese, Creole, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Mandarin, Romanian, Russian, Slovene, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Tamizh, Telugu and Urdu.

  • Leadership

    • Stan Germán

      Executive Director

      Stan Germán has spent his entire career as a criminal defense attorney. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1995. Upon graduation, Mr. Germán went to work as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York City in Kings County. Thereafter, he worked as a staff attorney at New York County Defender Services. In 2002, he went into private practice where he litigated criminal cases before the United States District Courts in New York, Washington D.C. and Florida.  In 2015, Mr. Germán left private practice and returned to New York County Defender Services to serve as Executive Director.

       

      Mr. Germán currently serves as co-chair of the Defense Function Committee for the American Bar Association and chairperson of the American Council of Chief Defenders. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Chief Defenders Association of New York, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and New York County Defender Services. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the New York City Bar Association. Mr. Germán has been honored as one of the Top 100 Lawyers for Criminal Defense by The National Trial Lawyers.

    • Carolyn P. Wilson

      Director

      Carolyn Wilson has been a public defender for her entire career.  Upon graduation from Brooklyn Law School in 1980 she joined the staff of the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society.  She remained at Legal Aid for seventeen years working first as a staff attorney in Queens County and later as a supervising attorney both in Queens and Brooklyn.

       

      In 1996 she wrote a proposal to form New York County Defender Services in response to an RFP issued by the City of New York.  NYCDS came into existence on July 1, 1997, and began taking cases in September of that year.  Ms. Wilson has served as its director from the beginning.

       

      Ms. Wilson has been a long-term member of the Committee on the Judiciary of the New York City Bar Association.

    • Christopher W. Boyle

      Director of Data Research & Policy
    • Sergio De La Pava

      Legal Director
    • Wendy Fisher

      Director of Administration
    • Deborah Cook

      Human Resources Manager
    • Gina Rodriguez

      Operations Manager
  • Supervisors

    • Joseph Conza

      Supervising Attorney
    • Jen M.R. Doman

      Supervising Forensic Social Worker
    • Basima Hafiz

      Supervising Attorney
    • Stan Hickman

      Supervising Attorney
    • C. Sidney Lester

      Supervising Attorney
    • Renate Lunn

      Training Supervisor
    • Ari Maisonave

      Supervising Investigator
    • Larry Spollen

      Supervising Attorney
  • Trial Attorneys

    • Casey Anis

      Trial Attorney
    • Andrej Bajuk

      Senior Trial Attorney
    • Katherine LeGeros Bajuk

      Senior Trial Attorney, Mental Health Specialist
    • Amanda Barfield

      Trial Attorney
    • Brittany Brown

      Attorney, Immigration Unit
    • Eric Burse

      Law Graduate
    • Yamina Sara Chekroun

      Attorney, Civil Unit
    • Stephanie Conners

      Senior Trial Attorney, Integrated Domestic Violence Specialist
    • Catherine Costigan

      Trial Attorney
    • Margaret DaRocha

      Trial Attorney
    • Katherine de Zengotita

      Senior Trial Attorney, Juvenile Defense Unit
    • Michelle Dowst

      Trial Attorney
    • Chantol Edwards

      Law Graduate
    • Theresa Freitas

      Trial Attorney
    • Riki Ghosh

      Trial Attorney
    • Nicole Guliano

      Trial Attorney
    • Caitlyn Hall

      Trial Attorney, Legal Recruiter
    • Sharyn L. Henry

      Senior Trial Attorney
    • Jessica Heyman

      Trial Attorney
    • Jessica A. Horani

      Senior Trial Attorney, Homicide/Major Crime Defense Unit
    • Meagan Hu

      Attorney, Immigration Unit
    • Nicole Jardim

      Trial Attorney
    • Molly Kalmus

      Trial Attorney
    • Thalia Karny

      Senior Trial Attorney
    • Sarah Kaufmann

      Trial Attorney
    • Angela Kerins

      Trial Attorney
    • John E. Kerins

      Senior Trial Attorney
    • Jonathan Ko

      Trial Attorney
    • Lindsey Laveaux

      Trial Attorney
    • Diane Lopez

      Attorney, Immigration Unit
    • Brad Maurer

      Trial Attorney, DNA & Forensics Unit
    • Cara Mazor

      Law Graduate
    • Tiffany McDuffie

      Trial Attorney
    • Gabriela Mejias

      Law Graduate
    • Murphy Mitchell

      Trial Attorney
    • Kevin E. Morgan

      Senior Trial Attorney
    • Mildred Morillo

      Trial Attorney
    • Vickie Mwitanti

      Law Graduate
    • Michelle Nam

      Trial Attorney
    • Andrea Nieves

      Senior Policy Attorney, Special Litigation Unit
    • Ernesto Papaleo

      Trial Attorney
    • Katherine Pecore

      Trial Attorney, SORA Specialist
    • Austin Perry

      Trial Attorney
    • Rebecca Phipps

      Trial Attorney
    • Eric Pilch

      Trial Attorney
    • Bernadette Rabuy

      Law Graduate, Homicide/Major Crime Defense Unit
    • Maria Camila Rodriguez

      Law Graduate
    • Brad Sage

      Senior Trial Attorney
    • H. Mitchell Schuman

      Senior Trial Attorney, Homicide/Major Crime Defense Unit
    • Sam Sloane

      Trial Attorney, Veterans Court Specialist
    • Sarah Swaine

      Trial Attorney
    • Michelle Tsang

      Trial Attorney
    • Ivan Vogel

      Senior Trial Attorney
    • Shari Vrod

      Senior Trial Attorney, Homicide/Major Crime Defense Unit
    • Lauren Webb

      Attorney, Civil Unit
    • Dorothy Weldon

      Law Graduate
    • April White-Small

      Trial Attorney, Legal Recruiter
    • Peter Wolk

      Senior Trial Attorney, Homicide/Major Crime Defense Unit
    • Nikki Woods

      Senior Trial Attorney, Juvenile Defense Unit
  • Forensic Social Workers

    • Raji Edayathumangalam

      Forensic Social Worker
    • Kendra Ganley

      Forensic Client Advocate
    • Taylor Garzone

      Forensic Social Worker
    • Veronica Leventhal

      Forensic Social Worker, Juvenile Defense Unit
    • Lyndsay Lewis

      Forensic Social Worker
    • Johanna Neufeld

      Forensic Social Worker
    • Ashley Quinones

      Forensic Social Worker
    • Kingsley Rowe

      Forensic Social Worker, Re-entry Unit
    • Kirsten Spencer

      Forensic Social Worker, Re-entry Unit
  • Investigators

    • Fatima Abughannam

      Investigator
    • Jay Corredor

      Investigator
    • Vincent Giaimo

      Investigator
    • Carlos Mateo

      Investigator
    • Dhariana Rosario

      Investigator
    • Rafael Vargas

      Investigator
  • Corrections Specialists

    • Michelle García

      Corrections Specialist
    • Celia Joyce

      Corrections Data Specialist
    • Julia Kerbs

      Corrections Specialist
  • Paralegals

    • Amelia Austern

      Paralegal
    • Maggie Bergmann

      Paralegal
    • Felix Espinal

      Senior Paralegal
    • Marelis Subera

      Paralegal
    • Juliette Vrod

      Paralegal
  • Administration & I.T.

    • Charo Bourdier

      Administrative Assistant
    • Katelynn Bright

      Administrative Assistant
    • Michael Bronstein

      Network Administrator
    • Jackie Giron

      Administrative Coordinator
    • Caroline Leger

      Administrative Assistant
    • Mihaela Lisov

      Senior Network Administrator
    • Yaomi Lopez

      Administrative Assistant
    • Ian Luna

      Administrative Assistant
    • Jamie Martinez

      Administrative Assistant
    • Laura Rizik

      Administrative Assistant
    • Diana Rodriguez

      Administrative Assistant
    • Willem Van Der Mei

      Data Scientist
    • Gabriel Vélez

      Executive Coordinator