What we do

Colorado’s Office of the State Public Defender is known for high-quality representation and an efficient organizational structure which provides effective assistance of counsel in a cost-conscious manner.

Our system is comprised of 21 regional trial offices, a centralized appellate office that handles appeals from every jurisdiction in the state, as well as a centralized state administrative office. The system employs 784 FTE of which 490 are attorneys.

The Public Defender’s Senior Management Team (SMT) consists of Douglas K. Wilson, Colorado State Public Defender; Frances Smylie Brown, General Counsel; James O’Connor, Chief Deputy Public Defender; Karen S. Porter, Chief Financial Officer; and Kyle Hughes, Chief Information Officer. Other State Office senior staff members are Lee Renfrow, Director of Human Resources, Daniel B. King, Chief Trial Deputy; Ann M. Roan and Jennifer Ahnstedt, Training Directors; Laurie Kepros, Director of Sexual Litigation, Janene McCabe, Director of Technical Litigation and John Gonglach, Chief Investigator. Additionally there are Office Heads and Office Managers in each of the regional and appellate offices. View Public Defender Offices here.

For fiscal year 2017, the Office’s operating budget is just over 86 million dollars, which will support an estimated 174,000 cases and proceedings carried this year by our regional trial and appellate offices. For detailed information concerning the current and planned operations of the Office of the State Public Defender, please see the Annual Performance Report.