Robert F. Landheer, Attorney at Law

Firm Overview

I am a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law handling complex habeas capital litigation and capital trial work and other serious felonies and misdemeanors. (DUI)

I also represent and advise criminally charged clients who are collaterally involved in administrative proceedings re DMV License suspension hearings, Fish and Game license revocations and professional licensing board sanctions (doctors, dentists, attorneys).

I was appointed by the California Supreme Court in 1993 as habeas counsel in a capital appeal which is ongoing. Currently I am practicing criminal law in Santa Barbara County, with emphasis on serious felony representation including assisting the Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office as Keenan counsel on 2 separate capital murder cases and most recently was privately retained in two capital cases, one through the grand jury indictment and an LWOP case through trial.

Example cases

United States v. Michael Michaels 796 Fed.2nd 1112, 9th Cir. 1986; cert.denied 449 U.S., 1038 93 L.Ed. 2nd 845.

Main Office
924 Anacapa St.
Suite 1-T
Santa Barbara  CA  93101
  • (805) 962-5103
  • (805) 963-2273


Free Initial Consultation?
1/2 hour free initial consultation
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Hourly Rates
The hourly rate is negotiable.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I am available by telephone after hours.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose criminal law because that is the one area where all of our constitutional rights are defined.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe in fully and candidly discussing all aspects of a client's case including the consequences of selecting different options as whether to go to trial, plea bargain, etc.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Absolutely. I insist that the clients prepare a narrative of what happened.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Depending upon the facts and circumstances of each individual case, the answer is yes.

Robert Landheer

Robert Landheer obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oberlin College in 1970 and afterwards attended New College School of Law of California where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree. As a criminal defense attorney he has over 25 years of criminal defense litigation experience and is a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. He has represented numerous individuals in a variety of criminal matters. He strives to build long-term relationships with clients based fundamentally on trust and confidentiality. Not only does he handle all procedural issues but he has helped clients with psychological issues in the midst of personal crises.
  • Bar Number: 101687
    California , 1981
  • New College School of Law of California
    J.D. , 1979
    San Francisco, CA
  • Oberlin College
    B.A. , 1970
    Oberlin, OH
    European History

Russell A. Brown

Russell Alden Brown grew up in Santa Barbara, California and attended Hollister Elementary and La Colina Jr. High before graduating from San Marcos High School where he played soccer and volleyball in 2002.

After high school, Mr. Brown attended the University of California at Davis where he captained the varsity soccer team and majored in sociology with a law and society emphasis.

Mr. Brown's first experience in criminal defense was working as a law clerk for Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys Daniel Murphy and Michael Carty. In 2012 he graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles where he worked as a volunteer for the Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that assists prisoners with post-conviction relief, including habeas corpus petitions.

After working at a civil litigation firm for two years, Russell returned to Santa Barbara and teamed up with criminal law defense attorney Robert F. Landheer.

His interests include criminal justice and coaching youth soccer.
  • Bar Number: 297991
    California , 2014
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate , 2012
  • University of California, Davis
    B.A. Sociology with Law and Society emphasis , 2007

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