Meet the Attorneys

Scott Gross – Public Defender


Scott Gross has been a member of the California State Bar since 1997. He attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Mr. Gross was the Public Defender in Calaveras County for several years before coming to Tuolumne County to practice on the defense conflict panel. He became the Public Defender of Tuolumne County in 2019. He is a member of the California Public Defenders Association.

Hallie Gorman – Deputy Public Defender


Hallie Gorman has been a member of the California State Bar since June of 2011. She attended California State University, Chico, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She also received a certificate in Literary Editing and Publishing. Ms. Gorman worked at newspapers for a couple years until she returned to school to become an attorney. She attended law school at University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.

Ms. Gorman joined the Public Defender's Office in 2011, and she is a member of the California Public Defenders Association. She can be reached via email

Dana Gross – Deputy Public Defender


Dana Gross is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Associate Editor of Animal Law Review and Criminal Procedure Teaching Assistant. While in law school, Ms. Gross worked with the Alameda Public Defender and the San Francisco Public Defender. She was awarded the Outstanding Client Advocacy Award for her work with the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic, and was inducted into the prestigious Cornelius Honor Society. Ms. Gross received her B.A., cum laude, from Dominican University of California, majoring in Humanities.

Ms. Gross is a member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the California Public Defenders Association, the California DUI Lawyers Association, and the National Lawyers Guild.

Mark Smith – Deputy Public Defender


Mark Smith has been a member of the California State Bar since December 1998. Mr. Smith graduated from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Smith can be reached via email