Robert Stary is an Australian criminal defence lawyer, best known for defending Jack Thomas, the first Australian to be convicted under anti-terrorism laws and for being Julian Assange’s Australian lawyer.
Robert’s clients have included five of the accused in the Bennrika terrorism trial, several of the protesters who clashed with police during the G20 summit in 2006 and crime underworld figure Carl Williams.
After working at Victoria Legal Aid, he was with Slater & Gordon for over 10 years before setting up his own practice. He was founder and Chair of the Western Suburbs Legal Service in Melbourne, and has been Chair of the Westadd Alcohol and Drug Agency.
Robert is a Patron of the Spirit of Eureka Committee, and in 2005 was awarded the Victoria Law Institute’s Human Rights Award. In 2008 he was recognised in The Age newspapers top 100 people who have made a significant contribution to public life in Melbourne.
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