About Us

A Patriot should always be ready to defend his country against his government

— Edward Abbey

The Office of the Federal Public Defender provides zealous and effective legal representation for indigent citizens charged with federal criminal offenses on Guam.


John T. Gorman
Federal Public Defender

FPD John Gorman











Mr. Gorman is the Federal Public Defender for the District of Guam. The office of the Federal Public Defender provides zealous representation for persons accused of federal crimes who cannot afford to hire their own attorneys. He was appointed  the Federal Public Defender  by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003. From 1997 to 2003, he was the Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender. Mr. Gorman also worked as a Public Defender in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1997. He received his law degree from Bostons's Northeastern University in 1992.

Mr. Gorman served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of the Philippines from 1982-1985. He lived and worked in a tribal mountain village in the Northern Philippines to build and maintain a drinking water system to ensure safe, potable water. Mr. Gorman also worked in the Bataan and Palawan Indochinese Refugee Camps in the Philippines from 1985-1989. He assisted in the resettlement of Lao, Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees fleeing from Communist dictatorships in their homelands.

Leilani V. Lujan
Assistant Federal Public Defender

Leilani V. Lujan











Ms. Lujan is the Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Guam. Her over 20 years of practice has focused on criminal law.After graduating in 1992 from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, Ms. Lujan clerked in the criminal motions division of the First Circuit Court of Hawaii on Oahu. In 1994, she joined the State of Hawaii Office of the Public Defender and worked in the Oahu and Maui offices, where she exclusively practiced criminal law and served as a member of the Maui Drug Court Steering Committee to implement and oversee the Maui Drug Court Program.

In 2005, Ms. Lujan entered private practice in Hawaii and defended criminal cases on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. She was a member of the First Circuit Court of Hawaii court-appointed attorneys in indigent defense cases. She also was appointed as Independent Counsel for the Grand Jury and an Arbitrator in the Court Annexed Arbittration Program and served as a member in the Hawaii Criminal Procedures Task Force, Hawaii Penal Code Review Committee and Hawaii Permanent Committee on Rules of Penal Procedure and Circuit Court Criminal Rules.

In 2008, Ms. Lujan returned home to Guam and continued private practice. Ms. Lujan has practiced in the Superior Court of Guam and the U.S. District Court of Guam and has practiced pro hac vice in the U.S. District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Superior Court of California, San Francisco. Though her private practice included civil cases, her passion remained criminal practice. In April 2013, Ms. Lujan joined the Federal Public Defender, District of Guam, proudly returning to her roots in public service and indigent defense.

Briana E. Kottke
Assistant Federal Public Defender

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Ms. Kottke is an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Guam.  She began her career in criminal defense in 2005 as a paralegal with the Montana State Public Defender’s Office after working for the United States Senate Committee on Finance in Washington, DC.  In 2008, Ms. Kottke attended the University of Montana School of Law where she graduated with honors and an emphasis in criminal defense in 2011.  During law school, she interned with the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Montana and was a member of the Criminal Defense Clinic, where her passion for indigent criminal defense was reaffirmed.  She is a published author on the subject of government cell phone location tracking and privacy implications of the same.

After law school, Ms. Kottke clerked for Justice Jim Rice of the Montana Supreme Court.  She then became an associate attorney with a private criminal defense firm in Missoula, Montana, where she practiced exclusively criminal defense.  In 2015, Ms. Kottke started her own criminal defense law firm in Missoula, Montana.  She provided indigent defense for clients in both state and federal court through a contract with the Montana State Public Defender’s Office and the CJA panel.  In addition to indigent defense, she continued practicing private criminal defense in the following areas:  drug possession/distribution/manufacturing, various types of assaults, homicide, rape, child pornography and child sexual abuse, revocation of supervision, fraud and embezzlement, felon in possession, firearms, and charges relating to medical and recreational marijuana in the federal system.  She has practiced before the Federal District Courts of Guam, Montana, and Wyoming, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – having been selected or oral argument twice, the United States Supreme Court, and the Montana State District and Supreme Courts including many and varied local courts and courts of limited jurisdiction. 

Ms. Kottke is the newest member of the Federal Public Defenders of Guam and, like her colleagues, is dedicated to indigent criminal defense. 

Administrative Staff

Lita M. Duenas
Administrative Officer

AdO Lita Duenas

Renate Doehl Grimes
Administrative Assistant
Chris Mantanona
Computer Systems Administrator