Public Defender

County Civic Center
Courthouse, Room G-35
221 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93291

Phone (559) 636-4500
FAX (559) 733-6113

Office Hours:
8 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday
(Closed on Holidays)

Lady Libirty


Lisa Bertolino
Public Defender

Thomas McGuire
Assistant Public Defender

Ben Smukler
Chief Public Defender

Angela Krueger  | Supervising Attorney
Nathan Leedy     | Supervising Attorney
Dave Rendahl    | Supervising Attorney
Tim Rote              | Supervising Attorney
Patricia Stanley   | Supervising Attorney

Mission Statement

The Tulare County Public Defender is mandated by state law and the Constitution to provide competent, effective and ethical legal representation to people unable to afford private counsel in certain kinds of cases where life or liberty issues are at stake. Attorneys from the Public Defender office are court appointed to represent:

  • defendants accused of crimes in misdemeanor and felony cases.
  • juveniles in delinquency cases.
  • mentally disabled individuals facing involuntary commitments to locked facilities (e.g., conservatorship proceedings).
  • and defendants facing incarceration in contempt of court cases arising out of a failure to obey civil court orders.

These legal services are provided in a cost effective manner and at the same time ensures that the county criminal justice system operates efficiently and as much as possible achieves just results for Public Defender clients.

Branch Operations

Juvenile Office                                                                     Porterville Office
Juvenile Justice Center                                                       633 N. Westwood
11200 Avenue 368, Room 103                                          Porterville, CA  93257
Visalia, CA  93291                                                                Phone: (559) 782-6960   
Phone: (559) 735-1435   FAX: (559) 713-3229               FAX: (559) 782-3936