Backus, Robert H.

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Address: 126 College St, Burlington, VT 05401
Lawyer Firm: Montroll, Backus & Oettinger, P.C.
Phone: 802-448-4443
Fax: 802-540-0263

Areas of Practice Criminal Charges, Domestic Assault, DUI, Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Burglary, Larceny Charges, Manslaughter Attempted Murder

Rob has been a lawyer since 1985. In that time he has worked extensively in criminal law both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He has a deep background in professional licensing law and unique experience in fraud control.

Rob graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in the top 15% of his class. He was Associate Editor of the Kansas Criminal Procedure Review and a member of the International Moot Court Team.

After graduation he clerked for the Kansas Supreme Court. He was then hired as the first full-time prosecutor for the City of Overland Park, Kansas. Overland Park is a city of over 170,000 people in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Rob prosecuted a broad range of criminal charges, including DUIs (DWI) at the misdemeanor and felony level.

In 1987 Rob and his family moved to Westchester County, New York, where he continued to develop his skills in criminal law as an Assistant District Attorney. His work included appellate work, grand jury presentations, and trials. For three years he worked in the Frauds Division directing the investigation, and trial, of complicated criminal schemes. He worked some to the first computer fraud/high technology crime cases prosecuted in the country and was president of the Northeast Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.

1992 saw Rob and his family moving to Burlington. He was quickly hired by the Chittenden County Public Defender’s Office where he worked for 11 years. He successfully defended thousands of people accused of the full range of criminal charges including, Domestic Assault, DUI, Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Burglary, Larceny Charges, Manslaughter Attempted Murder, and Murder. Rob was an active trial attorney with many jury trial victories to his credit.

In 2003 Rob was hired by the Vermont Secretary of State to be the first Senior Prosecutor in the newly formed prosecution unit within the Office of Professional Responsibility. This unit oversaw the investigation and prosecution of allegations of unprofessional conduct made against licensed professionals in Vermont. For five years he headed that unit and developed a professional approach to prosecution that has served the citizens of Vermont well.

Most recently Rob has been in private practice. From 2009 to 2011 he was in Arizona where he provided legal services in criminal, delinquency and appellate law, under contract with Pima County and started working, under contract, with Guidepost Solutions to provide fraud control services covering claims made by victims of the Deepwater Horizons oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Late in 2011 Rob was able to return to Vermont where he continued in private practice and working for Guidepost Solutions. In May 2013 he joined with Andy Montroll to create Montroll & Backus.

In addition to his legal work Rob has served his community in many ways. In Burlington he was on the City Council for four years and was an Inspector of Elections, and an Assistant Election Official. He has made numerous presentations about law and the legal process to schools in Chittenden County and has participated in Mock DUI trials in high schools in the county.

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