Salem Trial Court Office

PDD Salem Trial Office
35 Congress Street, 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. 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.



Managing Director

Nan Whitfield

Attorney In Charge

Patrick R. Hakes

Supervising Attorney

Mark B. Schmidt (Send Email) 978-219-5431

Staff Attorneys

Kevin P. Chapman (Send Email) 978-219-5403
Andrew daMota
Robert DeLong
Dorothy Franks
Kristin J. Graves (Send Email)  978-219-5407
Rose Kenney
Thomas H. Pierce (Send Email) 978-219-5428
Meredith L. Reeves (Send Email) 978-219-5429
Ilona M. Volker (Send Email) 978-219-5414

Social Service Advocates

Maeve O’Connor –¬†(Send Email) 978-219-5419


Sara Plansky – (Send Email) 978-219-5409

Support Staff

Maura O’Keefe- Supervising Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Michaelowski РAdministrative Assistant  (Send Email) 978-219-5401



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