Public Defender, San Francisco
Jeff Adachi is the elected Public Defender of the City and County of San Francisco since March 2002 and worked as a deputy public defender in San Francisco for 15 years. From 1998-2001, he served as the Chief Attorney of the office. He has tried over 150 jury trials, including numerous serious felony and homicide cases, and has handled over 3,000 criminal matters throughout his career. As the only elected Public Defender in the state of California, Mr. Adachi oversees an office of 93 lawyers and 60 support staff. The office represents more than 23,000 people each year who are charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses and provides a panoply of innovative programs to its clients, including Drug Court, Clean Slate expungement services, and a full-service juvenile division. Mr. Adachi has received numerous local, state and national awards, most recently the 2013 San Francisco Lawyers Club’s Access to Justice Award, Vanguard Court Watch 2013 Elected Official of the Year, and the 2014 SPUR Good Government Award.