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Michael S. Penrod, Public Defender

I was born and raised in Pinetop-Lakeside and am a fifth generation resident of Navajo County.  I attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, for my undergraduate degree, and Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas for my law degree.  After graduating law school in 2009, I moved back to the Pinetop-Lakeside area and began practicing law.  After practicing law in the private sector for four years, I joined the Navajo County Public Defender's Office in September, 2013, as a Deputy Public Defender, and was promoted to the Public Defender position in January, 2015.  "I am extremely excited to serve the people of Navajo County as Public Defender.  I look forward to a long and prosperous career with the Pulbic Defender's Office, being able to help the people of my community is an opportutnity I look forward to."  

Mr. Penrod's email address is michael.penrod@navajocountyaz.gov  

 

Anna M. Atencio, Deputy Public Defender

I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1994, Juris Doctorate in 1997, and have practiced law for 17 years. 

Ms. Atencio's email address is anna.atencio@navajocountyaz.gov

 

Gavin O'Connor, Deputy Public Defender

I started my career helping indigent clients at Community Legal Services and was heavily involved in the Juvenile Legal Assistant Program I moved to Northern Arizona and became the managing public defender on the Hopi Reservation.  I subsequently joined the Navajo County Public Defender's Office in August of 2013.  My assignments have included major felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile delinquency matters.  I have an undergraduate degree in history and political science from the University of Arizona, master's degree from Syracuse University, and a law degree from the Phoenix School of Law.  I am a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

Mr. O'Connor's email is gavin.oconnor@navajocountyaz.gov

 

Robert Daly, Deputy Public Defender

I  have spent my entire legal career with the Navajo County Public Defender's Office.  My assignments have included juvenile delinquency matters, mental health cases, misdemeanors, dependency cases, and major felonies.  I earned my Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University.  While in law school, I clerked for a criminal judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court and interned at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.  I also spent numerous hours volunteering for the Homeless Legal Assistance Program at the CASS shelter in Phoenix, AZ.  I earned my undergraduate degree in business from Western International University.  I am a fluent Spanish speaker. 

Mr.Daly's email address is robert.daly@navajocountyaz.gov

 

Justin Gettler, Deputy Public Defender

I am originally from Iowa, but have been predominately living in Arizona since 2006.  I served four years as a C-130 loadmaster in the USAF, and am a veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  Upon discharge, I attendedNorthern Arizona University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice.  I started law school at Phoenix School of Law, but transferred to The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law located in Washington, DC.  I interned with Cavanagh Law in Phoenix and participated in the school's legal clinic where I represented underprivileged members of society with their legal needs.  I graduated Cum Laude and began working with the Navajo County Public Defender's Office in March, 2015.  I currently handle misdemeanors and juvenile delinquency matters.

Mr. Gettler's email address is justin.gettler@navajocountyaz.gov