Navajo County

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Navajo County Public Defender
Meet Our Attorneys

Dale Nielson, Public Defender

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Peter A. Gersten, Deputy Public Defender

Peter Gersten graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1970 and worked four years with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. In 1974, Peter became the Executive Director of the Victim/Witness Assistance Project─the first federally funded project that helped victims and witnesses in the criminal courts in New York City. In 1977, Peter entered private practice specializing in criminal matters, particularly homicides. After 25 years of practice in New York City, Arizona beckoned him. He has been a member of the Arizona State Bar since 1996. Peter’s special assignments include coverage of the Winslow Justice Court and the development of a DWI Court.

Leornard Brown, Deputy Public Defender

Leonard G. Brown has been practicing criminal law since 1981. Initially in private practice, Len later worked as a prosecutor with the Coconino County Attorney’s Office in Flagstaff, Arizona, and most recently as a deputy public defender in Navajo County prior to assuming his responsibilities as interim Public Defender. Len received his juris doctorate from Southern University School of Law in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and later acquired his Master of Laws degree in Criminal Law from State University of New York at Buffalo. While in New York, Len taught criminal justice classes and directed the Criminal Justice majors program at State University of New York at Fredonia. In addition to his full caseload of felony matters, Len covers the Holbrook Justice Court and oversees the Office of the Public Defender.

Anna Atencio, Deputy Public Defender

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Jon Saline, Deputy Public Defender

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John McClung, Deputy Public Defender

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