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Robert L. Tobik, Public Defender

Robert L. Tobik became Chief Public Defender in May of 2002. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Western Reserve College (1966) and his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University Law School (1969). Prior to becoming Chief Public Defender, Mr. Tobik was a sole practitioner (2000-2002) and an attorney with the firm of Andrews and Associates (1989-1999) representing clients in both civil and criminal matters. Mr. Tobik is very familiar with the Office of the Public Defender. He was an Attorney (1973-1975), First Assistant for the Defender’s Office of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (1976-1977), and Deputy Public Defender from its inception in 1977. He also clerked for Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court (1971-1973).

Robert Tobik has over thirty years of criminal and civil law experience. He has been an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at Cleveland State University for fifteen years. He has presented at numerous seminars (including Death Penalty) for the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cuyahoga County, and the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Mr. Tobik is a past President of the Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.