Robert Keates has been a criminal defense attorney from the beginning of his legal career, focusing on defending clients against criminal charges. He has tried both felony and misdemeanor jury trials and he has appeared in thousands of criminal court proceedings.
He has clerked for a Federal Judge, written briefs/motions and investigated for the Innocence Project, and was a trial attorney with Public Defender's Office early in his legal career.
Robert Keates works closely with each client to promote open communication, empowering Clients with the knowledge and information to effectively assist in the representation of the case. He returns calls and will spend the time necessary to ensure you're educated about the criminal justice process and your case options.
Robert has clerked for a Federal Judge in the 5th Circuit (Texas, Lousiana), as well as worked for the Innocence Project. He has argued motions and prepared cases with the Federal Defenders Inc., and was employed over five years with the OCPD (Public Defender's) office, as a Trial Attorney. At that office, Robert was immediately assigned to jury trials, and advanced quickly to handle a large caseload of serious felony and misdemeanor jury trials for both adults and juveniles. In 2008, Mr. Keates was awarded the Don Simms Award for 'Trial Attorney of the Year' within the Public Defender's Office. He was also the recipient of eight "Litigator of the Month" awards for Trial work while representing Juveniles.
Robert Keates received his Law Degree (J.D.) from Hofstra University School of Law. After graduating with concentrations in both Criminal Law and Constitutional Law, he obtained his Masters of Law Degree (LL.M.) in Criminal Law.
Robert is a husband and father, and enjoys music and traveling when not practicing law. He brews his own beer, plays guitar and banjo, and enjoys carpentry and woodworking when the mood suits him. He has backpacked and traveled throughout Eastern Europe and Western Asia, been to almost all 50 States, and can often be seen driving his old 1986 Ford pickup around town on the weekends.
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