Partner, Accredited Criminal Law Specialist, LLB (Hons)

Rob is the Principal of the firm with 30 years' experience as a criminal lawyer, 25 years of which have been at Principal or Partnership level.

Rob graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1980 and worked with Victoria Legal Aid from 1981 to 1984. Rob was an employee then a Partner with Slater & Gordon from 1984 to 1995, and commenced private practice in 1995. Rob became an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist in 1995.

Rob has been a past Chairman of the Western Suburbs Legal Service, established in 1979 with Peter Gordon and others, Chairman at Footscray Community Legal Centre; and also past Chairman of the Westadd Alcohol and Drug Agency. Rob has been a recipient of the Law Institute Human Rights Award and is a Patron of the Spirit of Eureka Committee.

In December 2008 Rob featured in The Age Melbourne Top 100 feature magazine to recognise Melbourne's highest achievers - the people who have made a significant contribution to public life.

On 26 February 2011, The Australian newspaper included a feature articles on Rob:

'"As someone who has defended a rogues' gallery of terror suspects and underworld figures, lawyer Rob Stary knows that people are quick to cast him as the bad guy... " Click here to view the entire article

At a professional level Rob has been equally active having been Chairman of the Criminal Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria (2002 to 2003) and President of the Criminal Defence Lawyers Association. In 2005 Rob was awarded the Law Institutes Paul Baker Human Rights Award.

Rob holds the honorary title of Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Business and Law at Victoria University. This 3 year appointment was conferred in 2010.

In Feb 2018 Robert was given the honorary title of 'Adjunct Professor within the College of Law & Justice' by Victoria university.

To make an appointment with Robert, call our Melbourne office on 8622 8200

Rob has represented:

  • Jack Thomas in a terrorism trial in the Supreme Court of Victoria, and control order in the High Court;
  • Melbourne 13 (Muslim Terrorist Suspects) in the Supreme Court of Victoria;
  • Tamil Tigers in the Supreme Court of Victoria;
  • G20 protestors;
  • S11 protestors - World Economic Forum, Melbourne 2000;
  • Anti-logging protestors, East Gippsland Otway Ranges;
  • Trade Unions in the Desalination Plant Mediation in 2010;
  • And 1000's of other persons charged with criminal offences.


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