Trial Unit

Nina C. Spizer, Chief, Trial Unit Email Me

Elizabeth Toplin, Assistant Chief, Trial Unit Email Me

Our office provides exceptional representation to indigent defendants charged in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with federal offenses. Our attorneys have years of litigation experience in criminal defense and are preeminent in their field.

For a full list of our attorneys please see the Our Attorneys section.

Our Capital Trial Unit is currently accepting applications for 2021 summer internships. Please see our Employment page for more information.

For answers to most of your questions if you are a new client or the family of a new client, please see the Clients and Family section and the FAQ section.




"There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has."

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, Griffin v. Illinois, 373 U.S. 12 (1964)