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Robert F. Landheer


Robert F. Landheer is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist with over 40 years of criminal defense experience.


Mr. Landheer has tried felony and misdemeanor cases in courts around the State of California. Additionally, he has litigated and argued appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal and State Courts of Appeal.


He has worked in the Santa Barbara Public Defenders Office and opened his private practice in 1991.

About Robert F. Landheer

Practice Areas

Mr. Landheer represents clients who have been charged with serious felonies and misdemeanor cases.


High-Profile Cases

Mr. Landheer has represented clients in high-profile cases including a televised Dateline murder trial. 

Robert Landheer Education

Robert graduated from Oberlin College in 1970, attended the University of San Francisco Law School, and graduated the New College School of Law in 1979. Mr. Landheer served as chairman of the board of the Santa Barbara Legal Defense Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy group for homeless persons and served on the Board of the Committee for Social Justice for more than 15 years.


Mr. Landheer taught Jurisprudence and the Philosophy of Law. He was recognized as Professor of the Year by the student body at the Southern California Institute of Law.

Media Coverage

Mr. Landheer has been featured on Dateline, 48 Hours, and has commented on legal issues and high-profile trials such as the Michael Jackson case. He has been featured on local and national television and radio news programs, in addition to print media, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today.






























Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • 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

Law Firm

Bar Admissions







Attorney at Law, State Bar of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

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