Robert K. Tanenbaum is an experienced, highly successful prosecuting attorney who has never lost a felony trial. He has convicted hundreds of violent criminals and repeat offenders, putting them behind bars for the maximum time allowed.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bob attended the University of California at Berkeley on a basketball scholarship. He received his B.A. degree in 1965. Following graduation, he entered Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and received his law degree in 1968. He is a member of the State Bars of California, New York and Pennsylvania.
Bob has had a distinguished career in many areas of the law. As an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, he served as Deputy Chief of the Homicide Bureau, Chief of a Felony Trial Bureau and Chief of the Criminal Courts Bureau. He also served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King. In 1981, California Attorney General Deukmejian appointed Bob a special prosecution consultant in the Hillside Strangler case.
Currently in private law practice in Beverly Hills, Bob served as a member of the Beverly Hills City Council from 1986 to 1994 including two terms as Mayor. Recently, he has been invited to Berkeley as a guest lecturer for the spring semester of 1999 to teach a course in Advanced Criminal Procedure at Boalt Hall School of Law.
Bob has published thirteen highly acclaimed best-selling books, eleven of which are novels: No Lesser Plea, Depraved Indifference, Immoral Certainty, Reversible Error, Material Witness, Justice Denied, Corruption of Blood, Falsely Accused, Irresistible Impulse and Reckless Endangerment. His eleventh novel, Act of Revenge, will be published in June 1999. All of his novels derive from Bob's own prosecutorial experiences as a New York County Assistant D.A. In addition, he is co-author of two non-fiction books based on investigations and prosecutions Bob conducted: The Piano Teacher, a non-fiction account of a psycho-sexual killer; and Badge of the Assassin, also a true story based on the investigation and trial of terrorists who assassinated two New York City police officers. The latter was made into a movie for television starring James Woods as Bob Tanenbaum.
An authority on the criminal justice system, Bob has been frequently called upon for his commentary and analysis of important trials on nationwide TV and radio.
Bob and his wife Patti have been married for 31 years and have three children.