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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.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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  1. Violent Crime: 20%
    32 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%
    32 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    32 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 20%
    32 years
  5. Criminal Defense: 20%
    32 years


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Contact info

Robert F. Landheer

924 Anacapa Street, Suite 1-T
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101-2155


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawState Bar of California2012
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawState Bar of California2007
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawState Bar of California2002
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawState Bar of California1997
Professor of the Year AwardSouthern California Institute of Law1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Robert Landheer1990 - Present
ProfessorSouthern California Institute Of Law1992 - 1993
Public DefenderSanta Barbara County Public Defender’s Office’s1985 - 1990
AttorneyRobert F. Landheer, Attorney at Law, Santa Barbara, California, associated with former District Attorney of Mendocino County, Joseph D. Allen1983 - 1985
AssociateLaw Office of Richard Peterson in Mendocino County1981 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1999 - Present
Committee for Social JusticeBoard Member1998 - Present
Criminal Defense Bar of Santa BarbaraMember1983 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Morrison, On Habeas Corpus, S115559Ongoing
People v. Angel Hernandez, Case No. 1017383 (2001)N/A
People v. Nicholas Vasquez Romero, Case No.1074348, (2002)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New College of California School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Oberlin CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970