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For nearly 100 years, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office has provided effective and competent legal representation to people who are charged with a crime and unable to afford an attorney.

Led by Manohar Raju, the office provides legal representation to over 25,000 indigent people charged with crimes each year.

Manohar Raju

Public Defender

Matt Gonzalez

Chief Attorney

Lyslynn Lacoste

Chief of Staff

Patricia Lee

Assistant Chief Attorney, Defend

Angela Chan

Assistant Chief Attorney, Confront

Hadi Razzaq

Assistant Chief Attorney, Operations



The San Francisco Public Defender's Office offers a variety of opportunities for both established professionals and law students seeking to enter the fast-paced and rewarding field of criminal defense practice. In addition to handling cases, our staff is actively plugged into criminal justice reform, policy issues, and community outreach, offering a rewarding and holistic experience for anyone with a passion for the work that we do.


On February 22, 2019, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office lost its Public Defender of sixteen years. He continues to inspire the work done by the Office. We honor his legacy.

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555 7th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

375 Woodside
San Francisco, CA 94127


Voice: 415-553-1671
Fax: 415-553-9810

Voice: 415-753-7601


Monday through Friday 8am to 5 PM
Holiday schedule

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Public Defender Manohar Raju completed Implicit Bias Training on 01/13/2020 as required by San Francisco Administrative Code Section 16.9-28.