Specialization: Criminal and Civil Courtroom Litigation

Bob Horner has personally conducted over 350 criminal and civil jury trials to verdict as well as over 150 court trials before the Superior and Municipal Courts.

Representative Matters:

Mr. Horner's trial experience includes completed jury trials in the following areas: Numerous First Degree Murder cases; Premeditated Attempted Murder; Over 25 "Three Strikes" jury trials where the prosecution offer was 25 to life; Conspiracy to Commit Murder; Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances; Kidnapping; Vehicular Manslaughter; Numerous Sale and Possession of Controlled Substances cases; Numerous Robbery cases; Numerous Assault with a Deadly Weapon cases; Over 50 DUI jury trials; False Advertising; Child Molestation; Prostitution; Lewd Conduct; Stalking; Malicious Prosecution for plaintiff and defense; Orthopedic Medical Malpractice for the defense; Legal Malpractice for the defense; Vascular Surgical Malpractice for the plaintiff; Perjury; Defense of a physician charged with felony Prescribing Controlled Substances Without a Good Faith Examination. Mr. Horner successfully defended a client in a jury trial against the first prosecution of the new dependent elder statute. Several of Mr. Horner's trials have received wide media coverage, including his defense in a statewide prosecution of a corporation and its directors for conspiracy to commit grand theft in the packaging of SBA loans, for which he was interviewed on "60 Minutes" (People v. Peoples Financial Corp. et al.)

Mr. Horner also has considerable appellate experience and is readily familiar with writs and appeals in the California courts. He has been counsel of record in several reported opinions including  

People v. Dang, 93 Cal.App.4th 1293, 113 Cal.Rptr.2d 763;  Godwin v. City of Bellflower, 5 Cal. App. 4th 1625, 7 Cal. Rptr. 2d 524 and Buccery v. General Motors Corp., 60 Cal. App. 3d 533, 132 Cal. Rptr. 605.

From 1985 -1988 Mr. Horner was Chief Deputy and Special Counsel to the Los Angeles City Attorney, where he directly supervised the largest Municipal Law Office in the United States. In addition to those duties he also conducted several high-visibility jury trials including his successful prosecution of the leadership of the American Nazi Party for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer as well his prosecution of the KKK in cross burning cases.

Mr. Horner has been extensively involved in the training of attorneys to conduct jury trials. He has participated in numerous sessions of the Trial Attorney Program (TAP) of the Los Angeles County Bar Association as an instructor in the area of the presentation of scientific evidence. He also was a trial training instructor for numerous classes of new Los Angeles Deputy City Attorneys.

Professional Affiliations:

Mr. Horner is a member of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the CPDA.


Mr. Horner is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law (J.D. l976); Westminster College (B.A. 1973, cum laude Behavioral Science/French) and Chadwick School.

He was admitted to the California Bar in December of 1976. He was also admitted to practice before the Federal Courts in 1977.