Trial Attorneys

May 2021

Federal Defenders of New York (FDNY) is seeking applicants for a trial attorney position in our Manhattan office. FDNY is a federal public defender office that provides legal representation to indigent persons accused of federal crimes in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. We are not a government agency and our employees are not government employees. Our mission is straightforward: although we provide our services free of cost, our clients should receive the finest legal representation available at any price. We are looking for someone who is committed to equal justice and willing to fight vigorously for those accused of crimes. A large part of the caseload involves immigration-related offenses, drugs, fraud, bank robbery, firearms, and internet-related crimes. For more information about our office, please visit our website at

Applicants must have a minimum of two years of legal experience. Email your resume, cover letter and two writing samples to with “Re: Manhattan 2021” in subject line. Application deadline is June 11, 2021, but we will consider applications on a rolling basis so please submit as soon as possible. If you have applied for any other trial attorney position in 2021, you need not reapply. No calls or faxes please. The cover letter may be addressed to David Patton, Executive Director, Federal Defenders of New York, 52 Duane St., New York, NY 10007.