PDD Salem Trial Office
35 Congress Street, Building 2, Suite 351
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 825-2020
Fax: (978) 741-8567

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The Salem Public Defender’s Office represents indigent clients in both Superior and District Court criminal proceedings throughout southern Essex County. Our public defense team in the PDD Salem Trial Office consists of 9 attorneys, including the Attorney in Charge and Supervising Attorney, as well as a Social Service Advocate, an Investigator and Administrative Assistants. This collection of advocates work together to provide the best and zealous advocacy on behalf of every client. The lawyers of the Public Defender Division carry on a proud Massachusetts public defender tradition, born more than fifty years ago, to diligently deliver dedicated and excellent representation to our clients in the Essex County community.


Managing Director

Nan Whitfield

Attorney In Charge


Patrick R. Hakes
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Supervising Attorney


Thomas H. Pierce
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Staff Attorneys



Dorothy Burke
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Kevin P. Chapman

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Addison Gamliel

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Joshua Grammel
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Kristen J. Graves
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Rosie Kenney
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Marcus Kuhs

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Ilona M. Volker
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Social Service Advocates


Maeve Edwards

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Sara Plansky
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Support Staff


Maura O’Keefe – Supervising Administrative Assistant
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Valerie Huth – Administrative Assistant
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Summer Interns 2024



Rebecca Herckner – Suffolk Law School – 1L
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Gethin Binns – Columbia Law School – 1L
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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
As of May 2023, Gloucester is currently located with Peabody District Court due to construction.
Court Jurisdiction: Essex, Gloucester, Rockport
197 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-2620