Welcome to the website of the Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Michigan

The Federal Defender Office (FDO), one of several law groups of the Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc., is a community defender organization which provides court-appointed representation to indigent defendants charged with federal crimes in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern and Northern Divisions. The office has two locations: a main office in Detroit and a branch office in Flint, Michigan. The Detroit office handles case assignments in the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Port Huron U.S. District Courts. The Flint office provides representation in the courts located in Flint and Bay City.

A Little About Us

The excellence of the work in the Federal Defender Office was recognized in April 2000, when the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association bestowed the cherished Leonard Gilman Award to all attorneys - past and present - of the Federal Defender Office. To learn more about the services provided by the Federal Defender Office, for further information please click on About Us.

Our Services

The Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Michigan strives:

  • ... to provide vigorous and high quality representation to indigent defendants in Federal Court;
  • ... to foster and promote the high standards and ideals engendered by the Bill of Rights and the Criminal Justice Act;
  • ... to ensure that justice in the federal courts is administered to all persons on a fair and equal basis; and
  • ... to advance the effectiveness of the federal legal system through excellence in legal scholarship and through on-going education and training of the criminal defense bar.