321 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 894-2854
(213) 894-0081 (fax)

Federal Public Defender:  Cuauhtemoc Ortega
Chief Deputy: Amy Karlin
Administrative Officer: Holly Youngstrom

Our Office

The Los Angeles office is located at 321 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles. The office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The Courthouse

There are three courthouses near our office; the new United States Courthouse at 350 West 1st Street, Los Angeles, the old United States Courthouse at 312 North Spring Street, and the Edward R. Roybal Courthouse at 255 East Temple Street. The Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) is located at 535 North Alameda Street. Each of these buildings on our Google map link is marked with a red balloon. All visitors to the courthouses must pass through a metal detector. Use of cell phones (calling, texting, game playing), cameras, or other electronic devices that have video, sound, or photographic capabilities are prohibited in the courtrooms. Firearms, weapons, explosives, or other destructive devices are prohibited from U.S. Federal Courthouses.

Public Transit Options

There are multiple options if you plan to take public transportation to and from our office. Union Station serves most of the bus and subway lines in Los Angeles, and detailed route maps, schedules, and a very useful trip planner can be found at their website HERE. Union Station is also home to multiple Amtrak trains, and detailed route information and a trip planner can be found at their website HERE. There is also a local bus service, the Dash. The A Dash includes stops at 1st Street and Spring Street (near the Civic Center Metro Red Line Station) as well as 1st Street and San Pedro Street (one block from our office), although in order to take the Dash from Union Station to our office, you will have to first ride the B or D Dash to the A Dash. A complete map and schedule of all 6 Dash Lines in PDF can be found HERE. Union Station, as well as the closest Dash and subway stops (including the Gold Line extension), are marked with green balloons. Union Station is within a 15-20 minute walk to our office.


The closest parking lot is Joe’s Auto Park, 350 East 2nd Street, just east and across the street from our office, and is marked with a purple balloon. Little Tokyo Mall Parking, 120 South San Pedro Street, is marked with a red balloon. This parking lot can be accessed via San Pedro Street or First Street. Limited metered street parking is available on 2nd Street and the surrounding area. Though several businesses in the area will validate parking, we unfortunately cannot.

Dining Options

Little Tokyo and the Arts District offer a variety of dining choices, including numerous excellent Japanese restaurants. This map includes a sampling of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries frequented by our office. The type of food served, hours, website, and menu are included when available, and each location is marked with a blue balloon.


Our office recommends the following hotels for anyone visiting our office. Please contact us for specific questions, concerns or needs.

Miyako Hotel
321 East 1st Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
(866) 599-6674
Double Tree Hilton
20 South Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, California 90012
(855) 809-3513