Salem Public Defender’s Office
35 Congress Street, Suite 351
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 825-2020
Fax: (978) 741-8567

salem sign The Salem Public Defender’s Office represents indigent clients in both Superior and District Court criminal proceedings throughout southern Essex County. In addition to our 19 attorneys, the Salem office staffs two Social Service Advocates and two Investigators. This collection of advocates work together to provide the best representation for our clients. The lawyers of the Public Defender Division carry on a proud Massachusetts public defender tradition, born more than fifty years ago, of providing zealous advocacy and excellent representation to each client.



Superior Court Staff

Attorney In Charge

Rebecca E. Whitehill (

Supervising Attorney

Mark B. Schmidt (

Staff Attorneys

Jessica Lee Ellis (
Thomas H. Pierce (
Meredith L. Reeves (

Senior Trial Counsel

Denise M. Regan (

District Court Staff

Supervising Attorneys

Alice W. Jayne (

Staff Attorneys

Cristina J. Ayo (
Kevin P. Chapman (
Robert DeLong
Nathan C. Goldstein (
Kristen J. Graves (
William F. Martin (
Ilona M. Volker (

Social Service Advocates

Maeve O’Connor – (


Kerrie Antunes – (
Sara Plansky – (

Support Staff

Donna M. Nagle – Administrative Assistant (
Bonnie Michaelowski – Secretary (


Our Office Serves the Following Courthouses and Communities:

Essex Superior Court – Salem
Court Jurisdiction: All cities and towns of Essex County
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-5500

Salem District Court
Court Jurisdiction: Beverly, Danvers, Manchester by the Sea, Middleton, Salem
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-1167

Lynn District Court
Court Jurisdiction: Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Saugus, Swampscott
580 Essex Street
Lynn, MA 01901
(781) 598-5200

Peabody District Court
Court Jurisdiction: Lynnfield, Peabody
1 Lowell Street
Peabody, MA 01960
(978) 532-3100

Gloucester District Court
Court Jurisdiction: Essex, Gloucester, Rockport
197 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-2620