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

By Michael Robusto on April 7, 2016


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.

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