Portrait of Rob Stary

Rob Stary

Rob Stary is a Melbourne criminal defence lawyer who runs his own firm in Footscray.

Rob describes the acquittal of Jack Thomas in 2008 as the most significant case he’s been involved in. Thomas, the first person charged under Australia’s anti-terrorism laws, was set free after a six-year battle. Stary was also in the thick of another major terrorism case, the Benbrika trial in the Victorian Supreme Court. He defended five of the 12 men accused of belonging to a Melbourne terrorism cell. One of Stary’s clients was acquitted, two were partially acquitted and two were found guilty. He’s now defending three Melbourne men charged with terrorism offences for allegedly supplying aid to Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, and has previously defended several of the protesters who clashed with police during the G20 summit in 2006.