Welcome from the Chief Federal Defender

Welcome to the home page of the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Our commitment is to provide the best representation to our clients as we fight for justice. Our attorneys and staff are of the highest caliber and are uniformly regarded as strong advocates who skillfully navigate our cases through the complex federal criminal system. We hope you find this site informative.

Leigh M. Skipper





"Equal justice under law is not a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building. It is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society... It is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status."

--U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, Jr.