Rob Backus is a partner in the law firm Montroll, Backus & Oettinger PC. He is practicing law since the year 1985. He has gained extensive experience in criminal law by working both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He specializes in professional licensing law and fraud control.
His areas of practice include administrative, appeals, civil & commercial litigation, criminal defense, DUI, family, Government, Juvenile, professional licensing, neighbor disputes, and traffic offenses.
He earned his law degree from the University of Kansas Law School while appearing in the top fifteen percent of his class in the year 1985. He served as an Associate Editor of the Kansas Criminal Procedure Review and a member of the International Moot Court Team while studying there.
Previously, he completed his BA from the Empire State College in Saratoga Springs in 1980. After completing law school, he clerked for the Kansas Supreme Court. He started serving as the first full-time prosecutor for the City of Overland Park, Kansas. He prosecuted a wide range of criminal charges including DUIs at the misdemeanor and felony level.
He moved to Westchester County in New York with his family in 1987. He started working as an Assistant District Attorney and continued to develop his skills in criminal law while also focusing on appellate, grand jury presentations, and trials.
He served in the Frauds Division for almost three years and directed the investigation and trial of complicated criminal schemes. He has worked on some of the first computer fraud and high technology crime cases that the U.S. has prosecuted. He is the former president of the Northeast Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.
Rob Backus started working with the Chittenden County Public Defender’s Office after moving to Burlington in 1992 with his family.
While serving there for 11 years, he successfully defended numerous people accused of a wide range of crimes including domestic assault, DUI, sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, larceny, manslaughter, attempted murder, and murder, and obtained many jury trial victories.
The Vermont Secretary of State hired him to be the first Senior Prosecutor in the newly formed prosecution unit within the Office of Professional Responsibility in the year 2003. He headed this unit responsible for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of allegations of unprofessional conduct made against licensed professionals in Vermont.
He developed a professional approach to prosecution that responsibly protected Vermont citizens while working there for five years.
He worked in Arizona from 2008 to 2011 and provided legal services in criminal, delinquency and appellate law under a contract with Pima County. He served the Guidepost Solutions in private practice and provided fraud control services including the claims that the victims of the Deepwater Horizons oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico made.
He returned to Vermont in 2011 and continued in private practice while worked for Guidepost Solutions. In May 2013, he joined his longtime friend Andy Montroll to form the law firm Montroll & Backus, P.C., which became Montroll, Backus & Oettinger, P.C. in January 2016.
As an active member of his current law firm, he has continued to expand his practice in criminal law and has helped many clients navigate the confusing and overwhelming court system.
He has argued before the family and juvenile courts while working with clients in emotionally difficult and legally challenging cases. He has also helped numerous clients achieve successful outcomes including dismissals in traffic ticket charges.
He enjoys serving the community and has actively participated in several such activities over the years. For example, he was on the City Council for four years in Burlington. He acted as a Ward 6 Clerk, served as an inspector of elections in Ward 5 and Inspector of Elections in Ward 6.
He has also served as an Assistant Election Official and a Justice of the Peace. He was on the steering committee of the Ward 5 Neighborhood Planning Assembly for many years. While in Vermont, he helped develop the award-winning Restorative Justice Program.
Rob Backus has made many presentations about law & the legal process to schools in Chittenden County. He participated in Mock DUI trials in high schools there with the hope to persuade at least one teen to not drunk drive.
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