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Public Defender's Office
3255 122nd Ave., Ste. 103
Allegan, MI 49010
Phone: (269) 686-4720
Fax: (269) 686-4721

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HOURS: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Friday
(closed weekends & holidays)

Office of the Public Defender 

Public Defenders 

  • Chad D. Catalino, Director
  • Jessica A. Winsemius, Deputy Chief Public Defender
  • Dario Sierra, Assistant Public Defender
  • Ellen Christie, Assistant Public Defender
  • Desiree Benedict-Notter, Assistant Public Defender
  • Sara Schlack, Assistant Public Defender

Supporting Staff

  • Renee Stack, Legal Specialist
  • Julie Robbins, Legal Specialist
  • VACANT, Social Worker 

Who We Are

The Office of the Public Defender was established in April 2019 and is comprised of both the Assistant Public Defenders as well as a roster of defense attorneys who are committed to the goals and standards set forth by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.
We practice a holistic defense model in this Office, utilizing an interdisciplinary partnership of professionals to address not only a client’s pressing legal issues, but also social support needs. We strive to uphold the ideals of client-centered representation as defined by the Bronx Public Defenders, in which a client is not being defined by his or her case but by the needs he or she identifies.

Office of the Public Defender 

Public Defender's Office
Serving Allegan and Van Buren Counties

"Zealous, innovative and compassionate Holistic Defense"