Robert Landheer is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist with over 30 years of criminal defense experience. He has represented clients in high-profile cases including murder trials, sexual abuse cases, and gang-related cases.
Mr. Landheer first worked as an associate attorney in the early 80s with the Law Office of Richard Peterson in Mendocino County, California. He tried major felony cases and successfully exonerated his client in his first homicide trial. He also assisted his partner in preparing the defense in a capital case in neighboring Lake County. Additionally, he litigated and defended many marijuana cultivation cases and wrote appeals.
In 1983, he moved to Santa Barbara and opened an office with his associate, former District Attorney of Mendocino County Joseph D. Allen. In 1985, he was invited to join the Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office, where he remained until he retired and opened a private practice in 1990.
Mr. Landheer served as chairman of the board of the Santa Barbara Legal Defense Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy group for indigent and homeless persons in the 80s. Mr. Landheer was recognized as Professor of the Year in 1999 by the student body at the Southern California Institute of Law, where he taught jurisprudence, the philosophy of law.
Mr. Landheer has been featured on Dateline and 48 Hours. He is frequently consulted by the media and asked to comment on controversial legal issues. He has been interviewed and quoted by the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He appears frequently on local television news programs.
New College of California School of Law, San Francisco, California, (J.D., 1979)
University of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco California, (1974-75)
B.A., Oberlin College, Ohio 1970
Attorney at Law, State Bar of California, 1981-present
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1987
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 1987
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1987
U.S. Supreme Court, 2002
Certified Criminal Law Specialist: The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization 1997 – present
- California State Bar Association
- California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
- California Public Defenders Association
- Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorney Group
- Santa Barbara Committee for Social Justice
Robert Landheer Practice areas include:
Capital Trial Representation; Capital Appeals and Habeas Litigation; Extraordinary Writs and Appeals; Felony/Misdemeanor Trials; and Immigration Post Conviction Relief.
Robert Landheer Employment:
Associate attorney, Law Office of Richard Peterson in Mendocino County, California, 1981-83
Robert F. Landheer, Attorney at Law, Santa Barbara, California, associated with former District Attorney of Mendocino County, Joseph D. Allen, 1983-85
Santa Barbara County Public Defender’s Office’s, 1985-90
Robert F. Landheer, Attorney at Law, Santa Barbara, California, 1990-present
Faculty at Southern California Institute of Law, Professor of Jurisprudence, 1992-3
(Professor of the Year Award 1993)
Capital Case Litigation:
In re Morrison, On Habeas Corpus, S115559 and Related Automatic Death Penalty Appeal, No. SO23835, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. A043591; Associate Counsel appointed by the Supreme Court of the State of California, 1994; Appointed Lead Counsel 2008, continuing Habeas Litigation (1994-present)
Keenan Counsel for Santa Barbara Public Defender’s Office, People v. Angel Hernandez,
Case No. 1017383 (2001)
Keenan Counsel for Santa Barbara Public Defender’s Office, People v. Nicholas Vasquez Romero, Case No.1074348, (2002)
People v. Robert Ibarra, Case No. 1200303, (2004)
Assisted Richard Peterson in the capital trial preparation of People v. Jerry Stanley, 10 Cal.4th 764, (1981- 1983)
Assisted Joseph D. Allen in the capital appeal preparation of People v. Larry Webster,
54 Cal.3d 411, (1983-85).
People v. Wallace, Case No.1362689, Santa Maria Superior Court, Miller Division, Santa Barbara County (2013-14)
People v. Malinda Jean Jones, Case No. 1200839, Santa Barabara Superior Court, Santa Barbara County (2005-2006)
People v. Juan Trejo, Case No.7982-C, Mendocino County Superior Court, (1982-83).
Contracted by Ventura Public Defender’s Office to re-litigate Three Strike Case sentences (See People v. Romero (1994) 8 Cal.4 728), (1996-1999).
February 19, 2016, Counsel for Petitioner, Jesse Morrison, In re Morrison, On Habeas Corpus, S115559, will bring his Motion to Set Aside the Death Sentence in the Los Angeles Superior Court before the Honorable Judge Gary Ferrari, based upon the denial of Petitioners 14th Amendment due process rights.