Leigh M. Skipper

Chief Federal Defender

Leigh M. Skipper has served as the Chief Federal Defender for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since 2009. Prior to that, he served as a Trial Unit Supervisor in the office.

As the Federal Defender, he is responsible for the management of the Federal Community Defender Office’s attorneys and staff. Mr. Skipper is a frequent lecturer at national training events on various issues pertaining to federal criminal practice. He is a member of the bars of New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, and he has served the bar in a variety of capacities, including as Chair of the Judicial Selection and Retention Committee for the Philadelphia Bar Association, as Attorney Disciplinary Hearing Chair, and as a member of numerous practice advisory groups. Mr. Skipper is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University’s Thomas Kline Law School. Mr. Skipper served as the past President of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia and the National Association of Federal Defenders. He obtained his B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut and his J.D. from the Howard University School of Law.