Robert Andrews, Kim Riester
Pittsburgh Criminal Defense Attorneys

About

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

History

Attorneys Robert Andrews and Kim Riester constitute the Criminal Division of the law firm of Meyer Darragh Bucker Bebeneck & Eck, PLLC, which has served clients in Western Pennsylvania and throughout the Commonwealth for over 100 years.  Robert Andrews is a former Senior Deputy Attorney General. Kim Riester is a former Deputy District Attorney, Special District Attorney Prosecutor, and Specially Designated Assistant U.S. Attorney.   Each has successfully tried cases ranging from Homicide to misdemeanor offenses.

Attorneys Andrews and Riester are in the unique position for a large law firm of focusing their practice on Criminal Defense.  Given the resources at their disposal, the trio is able to approach cases with a detail oriented mind-set that advances the defense of their clients.

 

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Attorneys

 
 
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Partner

Robert Andrews

Robert S. Andrews Jr. began his legal career in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office and served as a Senior Deputy Attorney General until his retirement in May of 2003. During his tenure he had the privilege to work for Governor Tom Corbett and the Honorable D. Michael Fisher who is currently a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Until 2015 when he joined the firm, he had been the owner and sole proprietor of his law firm which represented hundreds of Pennsylvania citizens. 

Bob is originally from the Johnstown, Pennsylvania area where his parents still reside. He is a graduate of Conemaugh Township High School. Bob currently resides in Cranberry Township and is the proud father of two daughters Abby and Emma. His interests outside of the law are golf and watching sporting events.

 

Education

TOLEDO SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1990

INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Bachelor of Science, 1986
 

contact

randrews@mdbbe.com
(412) 657-2153 (cell)
(412) 553-7083 (office)

Activities & Affiliations

• Allegheny County Bar Association
• Pennsylvania Bar Association
 

Bar Admissions

• Pennsylvania, Western District of Pennsylvania

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Kim Wm. Riester

Kim has over 40 years of experience in criminal law. He started his career as a county prosecutor before becoming a federal prosecutor and then switched sides to represent those accused of crimes. He is a preeminent practitioner in the area of DUI/DWI law. He is frequently called upon to speak to other lawyers and law enforcement groups on DUI law. He was a member of the National College of DUI Defense Attorneys and is the founding member of the Pennsylvania DUI Defenders Association. His extensive trial experience coupled with his knowledge of the scientific aspects of a DUI prosecution make him a formidable advocate for his DUI clients. Kim is most active in the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County areas but will take cases from the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

For a professional who has tried over 300 murder cases and other crimes ranging from motor vehicle violations to rape, Kim now defends those accused of DUI-related crimes. As a private attorney, some of his cases gained celebrity, like the time he won an acquittal for a college basketball star accused of raping a woman in a dormitory. Many of his DUI cases have been published by the highest courts of Pennsylvania, but most of his clients never make the news. Because Kim knows the prosecutors, the judges, and the rules that govern, he works hard and effectively to resolve cases before they get to trial.

Family ties are important to this attorney whose congenial demeanor belies a toughness in court that wins acquittals for his clients. A native of Pittsburgh who once tried out for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kim Riester spent his early working years as an assistant district attorney for Allegheny County. His attention to detail led the District Attorney to put him in charge of complex litigation involving homicide prosecutions, investigating grand juries, and electronic surveillance.  As a Deputy District Attorney, Kim was loaned to the U.S. Attorney in the 1980s, tasked with prosecuting a serial murderer.

As a graduate of Adrian College and the Duquesne University Law School, Kim Riester is a noted lecturer on the topic of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Motor Vehicle Law for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Department of Transportation, and Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and formerly for the Pennsylvania State Police, City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Police Academies.  This experienced attorney has attended countless legal seminars and studied legal treatises particularly with regard to the scientific aspects of the testing of blood alcohol.

In addition to courtroom experience, Kim prepares extensively commencing with the initial client conference. From the preliminary hearing stage through appeals, I have a reputation of being exceptionally thorough. The motions that I file on behalf of my clients are, perhaps, unsurpassed in factual detail, legal analysis, and decisional authority. These motions provide each client with a unique invocation of the their statutory and constitutional rights. If the case ever proceeds to trial, as most do not after the issues are addressed in the motions, we have been most successful. We plan for all eventualities from conviction followed by appeal, to acquittal followed by expungement of the criminal history/records.

Being personable with the clients, as well as the members of the judicial system, I have had a history of favorable outcomes. My experience and knowledge, coupled with specialized training and interaction with members of the Pennsylvania and National College of DUI Defense as well as other experts, leads me to explain thoroughly all aspects of the proceedings. We make a difficult experience less traumatic,so clients can lead successful lives.

Kim resides in the North Hills suburb of Pittsburgh with his wife, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Kim and his wife have two children. Their son is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Their daughter currently resides in Orlando, Fla.

 

Education

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1974

ADRIAN COLLEGE
B.A., 1970

Activities & Affiliations

• DUI Law Instructor
• Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
• The Best Lawyers in America, 2007

Bar Admissions

• Pennsylvania, Western District of Pennsylvania