Seal FPD SDWV Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of West Virginia


Mr. Capece is a native of New York City, having been born and raised in Queens. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where he served as President of the Moot Court Honor Society and an executive editor for the Brooklyn Law School Journal of International Law. Mr. Capece began his legal career as a judge advocate. He was commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in 1997 following his graduation from Officer Candidates School and completion of the Platoon Leaders Class-Combined course. Mr. Capece served on active duty for four and one-half years, during which time he was a defense counsel and then later the Senior Defense Counsel for the National Capital Region. Following active duty, Mr. Capece clerked in the Eastern District of New York for U.S. District Judge Thomas C. Platt, Jr., and worked as an associate at a commercial law firm in New York.

Mr. Capece moved with his family to Charleston, West Virginia, in 2007 in order to become an Assistant Federal Public Defender. He transferred his military commission to the Air Force in 2008 and joined the West Virginia Air National Guard, where he still serves part-time as a traditional Guardsman. Following a deployment to Afghanistan in 2012, Mr. Capece joined the law firm of Kay Casto & Chaney PLLC, where he practiced criminal law and commercial litigation. In 2013 he was selected to become a member of the Criminal Justice Panel for the Southern District of West Virginia and began accepting court appointed federal criminal cases.

In November 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit appointed Mr. Capece as the sixth Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of West Virginia. He is the 2015 recipient of the West Virginia State Bar's Citizen Soldier Award and serves as a member of the West Virginia State Bar's Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. Mr. Capece is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association.

Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse
300 Virginia Street, East, Suite 3400
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

Phone: 304-347-3350; Facsimile: 304-347-3356

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