Robert Riether

Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Tel (718) 254-0700 x163

Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Rob has envisioned himself working as a public defender ever since watching Gregory Peck portray Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” as a child, fighting the good fight and championing the cause of the downtrodden and oppressed. Rob has now achieved that goal, joining Brooklyn Defender Services in the fall of 2009.

Rob has been a resident of Brooklyn for the past 15 years, originally moving to New York from the Garden State to pursue a career as an actor and screenwriter. After a few years of acting classes and writing workshops by day and bartending by night, Rob decided to seek a career with a little more stability, taking a job as a Wall Street stockbroker. Rob found himself working on Wall Street for the next several years, accumulating multiple brokerage licenses and working his way up the ladder to become margin manager of an options trading firm. While successful in his financial career, Rob still heard that voice in the back of his head, which told him there was more to life than making the rich richer. He longed to make a difference in people’s lives and help fight injustice, and applied to law school. Rob was accepted to Brooklyn Law School in the fall of 2005, and attended school in the evening while continuing to work full time on Wall Street.

Upon graduation in 2008 and prior to joining Brooklyn Defender Services, Rob worked for one year as a civil litigation attorney, representing the victims of police brutality and false arrest in their suits against the City. Rob considers it a great honor to champion the causes of his clients and community, and offers the following quote as a reminder of that duty owed.

“Public defenders stand alone, armed only with their wits, training, and dedication. Inspired by their clients’ hope, faith and trust, they are the warriors and valkyries of those desperately in need of a champion. Public defenders, by protecting the downtrodden and the poor, shield against infringement of our protections and, in reality, protect us all.” Hightower v. State, 592 So.2d 689 (Fla 3d DCA 1991)