Robert J. Beles

Robert J. Beles

I have represented people accused of crimes for over fifty years. Every day when I talk to people who are in trouble or whose loved ones are in jail, I become reenergized to help and protect them.

I am proud of the accomplishments of the law firm I have created. We have risen to the top, through the application of hard work, intelligence, winning tactics and extensive knowledge of the law and of the legal community.

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I grew up and went to early high school in San Mateo, California. My family moved to Ohio. I finished high school in Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in 1964 with a degree in psychology.

I moved to San Francisco where I attended the University of California, Hastings College of Law. I graduated in 1967 and began practicing law in 1968. From 1968 to 1979, I was an Assistant Alameda County Public Defender.

I started my own law firm in 1979. I have tried over one hundred jury trials (both state and federal), with over twenty acquittals on murder cases alone, including death penalty cases. I’ve also had extraordinary success at winning sexual assault cases as well as all kinds of serious felonies. I’ve recently won numerous motions to dismiss, suppress evidence, murder appeals, and successful termination of sex registration.

I’ve been a State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law since 1975. This specialization requires a recertification every five years based on reviews by judges and local attorneys as well as continuing education and active participation in trials, motions and court proceedings.

My wife, Sally, and I have been married fifty-four years. We have three daughters, three sons-in-law, three granddaughters, and one grandson. The eldest daughter is a teacher, the youngest is an attorney in Bozeman, Montana. The middle daughter, Annie, is my law partner of twenty years and also a State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law.

Past Employment Positions:

Alameda County, Assistant Public Defender, 1968 – 1979


Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers*

Highest Rating (AV) Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability* (a national rating of attorneys by other attorneys and judges before whom they appear)

*The Martindale-Hubble Bar Register is limited to only the most distinguished law practices; those that have achieved the AV rating in the Martindale-Hubble Law Directory. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the “V” denotes “very high” adherence to the professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), Sustaining Member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)


“Robert Beles’ law office did a superb job handling my case. I cannot express enough gratitude that I feel for the outstanding way in which Robert Beles represented me. Mr. Beles met with me personally. He is not arrogant or judgmental. He does not “talk down to you”, as one might expect from high-powered attorneys. Instead, Mr. Beles is very kind, extremely bright, truly competent, and an excellent listener. He put me at ease. I felt better about my situation immediately after meeting Mr. Beles (he’ll insist you call him ‘Bob’). I could tell right away he was going to work hard in making my problem all but disappear. He believed in me, and because I could tell this about him, I believed in him. He made me feel confident that everything was going to be alright. All the promises he made to me came true. He did not BS me, and he did not make false claims about his abilities or what he could do for me. He was honest, sincere, and genuine. I put my full trust in him and I was not disappointed. Mr. Beles was able to take my case (that was potentially devastating) and get it down to something minor. It won’t even appear on my record. Incredible. I am grateful for all that Robert Beles was able to do for me, and if I ever need a top-notch attorney again, I won’t hesitate to contact Mr. Beles. If you need legal help, I advise you to seek Robert Beles as your representation.” -L.U. from Berkeley, California.

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