Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia
Sep 26, 2018
Michelle Peterson
Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia

Michelle Peterson is the Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia.  She has been with the D.C. Federal Public Defender’s Office since 2000.  The Office represents indigent clients accused of committing Federal crimes.  She recently defended Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the first person charged with the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and other Americans in the attacks on the Embassy in Libya in 2012.  Prior to coming to the Federal Public Defender’s Office, she worked as an Associate Counsel in the Clinton White House, responding to congressional investigations and was one of the White House lawyers who worked on the impeachment trial.  She is a graduate of Georgetown Law and she started her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Hogan, followed by two years at the law firm of Covington and Burling where she did primarily white collar criminal defense and two years at the D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel where she worked on a number of policy issues, including juvenile justice reform.