Federal Defenders mourns the passing of Board Member Edward D. Wilford Read More
Federal Defenders wins aquittal for former NYPD officer charged with internet conspiracy to commit kidnapping Read More
Julia Gatto named 2nd annual John Byrnes Award Read More
Mark Gombiner wins New York County Lawyers' Association Public Service Award Read More
Peggy Cross-Goldenberg named first winner of the W. Fred Turner Award by the National Association of Federal Defenders Read More
Federal Defenders Announces Five New Board Members Read More
Robert Baum Recipient of “Outstanding Assistant Federal Defender Award” Read More
Federal Defender Paralegals create The Focus Forward Project, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides educational programming for pretrial inmates Read More
Federal Defenders Win Motion to Dismiss for Jury Pamphleteer Read More
The Federal Defenders of New York vigorously defends persons charged with federal crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney. We are an independent, non-profit organization with lawyers practicing in the federal courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, with offices located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, White Plains, and Central Islip. Our mission is straightforward: Although we provide our services free of cost, our clients should receive the finest legal representation available at any price.
We subscribe to a client-centered approach to legal representation. We listen to our clients, pay close attention to their individual needs, and work closely with paralegals, investigators and social workers to address all aspects of a client’s circumstances. We use that knowledge together with our legal experience, skill and judgment to fight for our clients and obtain the best result possible.
I grew to like to defend men and women charged with crime... I was dealing with life, with its hopes and fears, its aspirations and despairs. With me it was going to the foundation of motive and conduct and adjustments for human beings, instead of blindly talking of hatred and vengeance, and that subtle, indefinable quality that men call 'justice' and of which nothing really is known. - Clarence Darrow