Joseph A. Trigilio

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law | Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit

B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, St. Mary’s University, 2003

J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2006

Joined Southwestern: 2021

Joe Trigilio is a Deputy Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California and primarily represents inmates in their federal habeas corpus and post-conviction proceedings. He is also a supervising attorney at Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent and teaches a course on habeas corpus litigation at that institution. Joe began his career as a staff attorney at the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco, where he represented death-sentenced inmates in their state postconviction proceedings. Joe came to California from San Antonio, Texas, where his exposure to the death penalty led him to a career as a capital habeas attorney.