Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Public Defender


The Crawford County Office of Public Defender shall furnish legal counsel to any person who is charged with a qualified criminal offense, and, for lack of funds as determined by office guidelines, is unable to obtain legal counsel.

Robert J. Trambley, Esquire Public Defender
Gary Kern, Esquire First Assistant Public Defender
Thomas Brasco, Esquire Assistant Public Defender
Allison Rice, Esquire Assistant Public Defender
Emily M. Merski, Esquire Assistant Public Defender
Benjamin Sperry, Esquire Assistant Public Defender
Arvilla Allen Intake Specialist


The County of Crawford lies in northwestern Pennsylvania. Originally it was inhabited by the Iroquiois Indians and other tribes and nations. In later years, the land was acquired by a group of Dutch investors under title of the Holland Land Company and resold to settlers. The Commonwealth allocated land to its Revolutionary War soldiers as a bonus settlement. The county was formed in 1800 from a portion of Allegheny County and named after Colonel William Crawford, an early military hero and close friend of George Washington.


903 Diamond Park Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: (814) 333-7300
Toll free: 800-982-9019

Fax: (814) 337-0457

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

State of Pennsylvania