Discovery with Michael Robusto
Voted “Tidewater’s Funniest Lawyer,” criminal defense lawyer Michael Robusto of Slipow, Robusto & Kellam is quick with a joke. But ask him to wear a tie on the weekend, and that’s no laughing matter.
Published in 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers magazine
on April 7, 2016
Updated on October 3, 2019
If you were in my office, you’d … probably have been charged with a crime or were hurt in an auto accident.
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I still fix my cars myself.
When I was a newbie lawyer I … had a lot less gray hair.
The lawyer I most admire is … [Seinfeld’s] Jackie Chiles. “Outrageous, egregious, preposterous.”
When I started, I wish I knew … that the stock market would crash in 2008.
My career high point (so far) has been … getting a tough judge to laugh in open court.
I was representing a guy for reckless driving and his last name was Weiner. I asked the officer
on cross-exam if he thought the defendant was just hotdogging.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … in prison. I’ve been holding myself out
as a lawyer for years.
I almost quit the law because … a Nigerian Prince emailed me that he was
sending me $90 million.
If I won the lottery I’d … buy a radio station and make myself the morning DJ.
A different practice area that intrigues me is … medicine.
I can do a pretty good impersonation of … Kermit the Frog, Groucho Marx and Yoda.
My fictional hero is … Bugs Bunny.
On weekends I … refuse to wear a necktie.
I get angry when … I read some of the things people post on Facebook.
The movie line I quote most often is … “A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket
every 25th of December!” [from A Christmas Carol]
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … probably going to say “no.”
I wish I had invented … the Internet.
My guilty pleasure is … cannoli!
My favorite word is … cannoli!
My least-favorite word is … guilty.