Who we are

Who we are

We provide quality legal assistance to individuals charged with a crime in state court who are financially unable to retain private counsel. 

Mental health and juvenile court matters are handled by special units within the office. 

Our office proudly reflects the diversity and high level of commitment necessary for our mission. 


Lisa Bertolino  Public Defender Of Tulare County

Thomas McGuire  Assistant Public Defender

Ben Smukler  Chief Public Defender

Erin Brooks             Supervising Attorney

Sylvia Hanna          Supervising Attorney

Angela Krueger       Supervising Attorney

Tim Rote                  Supervising Attorney

Patricia Stanley        Supervising Attorney

Andrew Stark           Supervising Attorney