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Who We Are

Our staff is comprised of over 25 attorneys, investigators, legal assistants, front office staff and administration.
We are focused on helping you achieve your legal goals.

Who are the Deschutes Defenders?

Deschutes Defenders is a public defense nonprofit whose team of attorneys, investigators and staff represent our clients in criminal, juvenile, and mental health proceedings. Our organization and its predecessor have been providing indigent defense services to Deschutes County since 1981. We are located in the Historic Wright Building across from the courthouse in downtown Bend, Oregon. Bend is one of the premier outdoor meccas in the country on the Sunnyside of the Cascades with a burgeoning art and music scene.

Our Values

• Client Focused

• Community Centered

• Constitutionally Rooted

Working in Deschutes County we strive to provide unwavering advocacy for each client and champion the preservation of families.

Our greatest resource to meet our mission is our people. That is why we constantly develop a culture where our employees can grow, be challenged, and most importantly feel supported.

The days of CASELOAD OVERWHELM are over! Our Organization maintains strict caseload maximums to ensure Quality Representation and Quality of Life.