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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.

Admission Details
  • Admitted in 1981, California 1987, U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Law School Attended
  • New College School of Law of California Class of 1979 J.D.
University Attended
  • Oberlin College Class of 1970 B.A.
Birth Information
  • Born in 1948
  • Certified Specialist, Criminal Law (The State Bar of California Board Of Legal Specialization)
Representative Cases
  • United States v. Michael Michaels 796 Fed.2nd 1112, 9th Cir. 1986
  • cert.denied 449 U.S., 1038 93 L.Ed. 2nd 845.
  • English and Spanish
Areas of Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Fraud
  • Assaults and Batteries
  • Gang Offenses, Juvenile Cases
  • Domestic Violence
  • Murders and Homicides
  • Misdemeanors
  • Immigration Consequences of Prior Convictions
  • Drug Offenses
  • Drug Cases / Medicinal Marijuana Defense
  • Sex Offenses
  • Assault & Battery
  • Murder / Homicide
  • Appeals
  • Writs
  • DUI / DWI / Driving Offenses
  • DMV Hearings
  • Death Penalty Representation