Thursday, December 14, 2017

Attorney Profiles

Robert J. Beles
The Ordway Building
1 Kaiser Plaza, Suite 2300
Oakland, California 94612


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Phone: (510) 836-0100
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Fax: (510) 832-3690
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Position Areas of Practice Education

I have represented people accused of crimes for over forty 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 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 cases, suppress evidence and appeals.

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 forty-nine years. We have three daughters, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, and one grandson. The eldest daughter is a teacher, the youngest is a criminal appellate attorney in Seattle, Washington. The middle daughter, Annie, is my law partner and also a State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law.


Current Employment Position(s):


Senior Partner, 10 attorney criminal defense & immigration firm
Areas of Practice:


Criminal Defense/Immigration


Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist, 1975
The California State Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California


Bar Admissions:


California, 1968


Ohio University, Pyschology Degree, 1964
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1967


Past Employment Positions:


Alameda County, Assistant Public Defender, 1968 – 1979

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ), Sustaining Member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

Northern California Super Lawyers

Highest Rating (AV) Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability*

Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers*

*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.


“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.

State Certified Specialists
Robert Beles - State Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Anne Beles - State Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Paul McCarthy - State Certified Appellate Law Specialist

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Office Locations

Oakland Office
The Ordway Building
1 Kaiser Plaza - Suite 2300
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 836-0100
Fax: 510-832-3690

Hayward Office
22320 Foothill Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94541
Phone: (510) 889-1030

Fremont Office
39560 Stevenson Place - Suite 217
Fremont, CA 94536
Phone: (510) 745-7755

Pleasanton Office
4900 Hopyard Rd. - Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: (925) 460-5400

Concord Office
1390 Willow Pass Road - Suite 340
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 460-5400

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