Robert J. Sharkey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Battle Creek, MI

Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, PC
 | 70 West Michigan Avenue, Suite 450
Battle Creek, MI 49017
Phone: 269-965-7000
Fax: 269-965-0646
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a shareholder at Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., Robert J. Sharkey brings more than 30 years of experience to his firm serving clients throughout the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo metropolitan areas. Clients come to Mr. Sharkey with cases relating to criminal defense, family law and estate planning. He frequently handles litigation involving business and commercial law as well as personal injury claims.

Mr. Sharkey provides many unique advantages to those looking for counsel. First, he is able to practice in the Potawatomi Indian Tribal Court. He also has experience working with the armed forces. Mr. Sharkey is a lieutenant colonel, and he previously worked as a judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force in the Great Lakes region. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Mr. Sharkey is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits, the U.S. Tax Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States. A native of Battle Creek, he has chaired the Battle Creek Downtown Development Authority and is a member of the Battle Creek Downtown Partnership.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Sharkey attended Western Michigan University and received a Bachelor of Science in 1973. He pursued his legal education at Michigan State University College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1978. Mr. Sharkey has been an adjunct professor at Kellogg Community College and Spring Arbor University.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

General Litigation (50%): Litigation

Business Litigation (30%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Criminal Defense (10%): Criminal Law

Focus Areas

Litigation, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Criminal Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006

Email Me

To: Robert J. Sharkey
Super Lawyers: Potential Client Inquiry

About Robert Sharkey

Admitted: 1978, Michigan

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Calhoun County Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Judge Advocate U.S. Air Force/CAP, Great Lakes Region, Lt. Colonel
  • Local Board 217 of the U.S. Selective Service System,  Retired Chairman 
  • US Judge Advocates Association, Life Member
  • Indiana Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member/Character and Fitness Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member/Past Representative Assembly Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • Potawatomi Indian Tribal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Supreme Court of Indiana
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • Indiana
  • Michigan

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Cereal City Development Corporation, Director
  • Battle Creek Downtown Partnership, Member
  • Battle Creek Downtown Development Authority, Chair  

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Criminal Procedure, KCC, Department of Criminal Justice
  • Spring Arbor University, Masters Program, Organizational Management, Adjunct Professor
  • Kellogg Community College, Adjunct Professor

Educational Background:

  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, B.S., Honors: Distinguished Alumni Award, 1973
  • Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, Michigan, A.B., 1971
Find Me Online
Website -
Office Location for Robert J. Sharkey

70 West Michigan Avenue
Suite 450
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Phone: 269-965-7000

Fax: 269-965-0646

Robert J. Sharkey:

Last Updated: 1/17/2019

Page Generated: 0.25910210609436 sec