Robert J. Balbick is a trial attorney and former Batavia City Court Judge. He was in private practice with the Batavia law firm Gardner and Balbick from 1976 to 2010. His areas of expertise include Criminal Defense, Trusts, Estates, and Real Estate law.
Prior to becoming Batavia City Court judge, Mr. Balbick served as Assistant City of Batavia Attorney and City of Batavia Prosecutor from 1984 to 1992. Mr. Balbick is the administrator of the Genesee County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Plan, and Examiner of Incompetent and Conservator Accounts for Genesee County.
Mr. Balbick served as City Court Judge from 1992 to 2020. During that time, he helped establish a successful Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Veterans Court and DWI Court in Genesee County. He also served Genesee County Hub Treatment Court Judge for all Town and Village Courts in the county, and as Acting Genesee County Court Judge and Acting Genesee County Family Court Judge
A member of the Genesee County Magistrates Association, Mr. Balbick has lectured at various treatment court events and the New York State Summer Judicial Seminar. He is a member Kiwanis Club and Lions Club, and an active congregant of Resurrection Parish in Batavia, where he serves on the parish council and folk music group.
A native of Batavia, New York, Mr. Balbick is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and a recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He graduated from Canisius College (B.A., cum laude, 1971) and Albany Law School (J.D., 1974) from where he also received the Corporations Prize. He was admitted to the State Bar of New York in 1975 and to practice law before United States Federal Courts.
Albany Law School (J.D., 1974)
Canisius College (B.A., cum laude, 1971)
New York State Bar
U.S. Federal Court, Western District of New York
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
Real Estate Law