Robert K. Tanenbaum

Robert K. Tanenbaum is a nationally known attorney and legal expert.  He is a much sought after media guest and is regularly seen on television shows as a legal expert and commentator.  He has worked as a successful prosecuting attorney and high profile defender.  Highlights of his career include:

  • He is one of the most successful prosecuting attorneys having never lost a felony trial
  • He has convicted hundreds of violent criminals and repeat offenders, putting them behind bars for the maximum time allowed
  • He was Assistant D.A. in New York County, where he ran the Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts and was in charge of the D.A.’s legal staff training program
  • He served as Deputy Chief counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
  • He was a special prosecution consultant on the Hillside strangler case in Los Angeles
  • He defended Amy Grossberg in her sensationalized baby death case
  • He represented eight black plaintiffs in a major racial profiling case
  • He served two terms as Mayor of Beverly Hills
  • He is a member of the State Bars of New York, California, and Pennsylvania
  • He taught for four years Advanced Criminal Procedure at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • He has conducted continuing legal education (CLE) seminars for practicing lawyers in California, New York and Pennsylvania


Robert K. Tanenbaum is the author of 32 books – 29 novels and 3 non-fiction books:  The Piano Teacher – The True Story of a Psychotic Killer; Badge of the Assassin, the true account of his investigation and trials of self-proclaimed members of the Black Liberation Army who assassinated two NYPD police officers, Waverly Jones and Joseph Piagentini – later adapted into a movie starring James Woods as Tanenbaum; and Echoes of My Soul, his signature masterpiece, the true story of one of the most intense manhunts in police history … and of the young District Attorney who exonerated the unjustly accused, brought the killer/rapist to justice and reformed forever law enforcement practices – published in May 2013 by Kensington Books.  Publishers Weekly selected Echoes of My Soul as the “Pick of the Week” in its April 22, 2013 edition.

He was Assistant District Attorney in New York County in the office of legendary District Attorney Frank Hogan, where he ran the Homicide Bureau, served as Chief of the Criminal Courts, and was in charge of the DA’s legal staff training program. He served as Deputy Chief counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He also served two terms as mayor of Beverly Hills and taught Advanced Criminal Procedure for four years at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and has conducted continuing legal education (CLE) seminars for practicing lawyers in California, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Robert Tanenbaum attended the University of California at Berkeley on a basketball scholarship where he earned a B.A.  He received his law degree (J.D.) from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.

Books By Robert K. Tanenbaum