Kirk B. Obear

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Sheboygan, WI

Kirk Obear and Associates
 | 603 South Eighth Street, PO Box 935
Sheboygan, WI 53082-0935
Phone: 920-395-2200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%)
Attorney Profile

Kirk B. Obear founded his Sheboygan, Wisconsin, law firm, Kirk Obear and Associates, with a mission to provide the highest quality criminal defense possible for those charged with any type of misdemeanor or felony offense. Having served more than 10 years in the United States Air Force, attorney Obear understands the merits of hard work and discipline, and he has secured over 100 acquittals, dismissals and amendments to date.

Mr. Obear joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating high school and received a bachelor's degree in psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of Mount Olive in 1990. Mr. Obear then attended the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1994.

Following his admission to practice law, Mr. Obear joined the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Department, eventually assuming the positions of Chief of Military Justice, Special Assistant United States Attorney and Area Defense Counsel. In recognition for his efforts, Mr. Obear received numerous military awards and honors, including the Meritorious Service Medal in 1999.

As an attorney, Mr. Obear can legally practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and both the Wisconsin and U.S. Supreme Courts.

With his extensive knowledge and experience of criminal law, Mr. Obear hosts his own radio program, and he teaches criminal defense tactics to other defense attorneys throughout the country. He also remains active in a number of professional legal organizations, including his appointment to the board of directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%): DUI/DWI

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI: DUI/DWI

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017

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About Kirk Obear

Admitted: 1994, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.kirkobear.com/kirk-obear-s-background

Honors and Awards:

  • AVVO Rating of 10 out of 10
  • Top 10% Award, America’s Most Honored Professionals, 2014
  • Worldwide Lifetime Achievement Award - WREPE (Worldwide Registry of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs), 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell Client Distinction Award
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers Award, 2013 - present
  • Nominee, Kuhfeld Award - Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year, 1997
  • Wing Commander’s Outstanding Performer Award - Operational Readiness Inspection, Scott AFB
  • The John L. Levitow Award - graduated first in class, professional military education, Seymour Johnson AFB
  • Outstanding Unit Award (2) w/ 1 Valor device
  • South West Asia Service Medal w/2 campaign devices (DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM)
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal, Government of Kuwait
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Air Force Meritorious Service Medal -  Meritorious Service as Area Defense Counsel, Peterson AFB
  • Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service as Chief, Military Justice, Scott AFB
  • Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service during Persian Gulf War
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award (2)
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), 2009-2011
  • Director, Legislative Affairs, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) - 2008- present
  • Member, National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)
  • Steering Committee and Legal Committee, Wisconsin chapter of NORML
  • Member, National Legal Committee, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
  • International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Life Member, Military Law Committee, State Affiliate Liaison
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association 
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, (WACDL), President, 2006-2008
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Bar Association 
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1994
  • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1994
  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, 1994
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1995
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2001
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2004
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2003

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Assistant Coach, Sheboygan South High School Mock Trial Team, 2003-2004 

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Host, Legal Defense with Kirk Obear, 1330 WHBL AM, Saturday mornings from 8:00-9:00 am
  • National Editorial Board, Forecite Legal Publications, Inc.
  • The Impact of Melendez-Diaz in Drunk Driving Cases Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar, 2010
  • Defending an Operating Under the Influence of Drugs Charge Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar, 2009
  • Converting the Analyst From Enemy to Ally, Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar, 2008
  • Jury Instructions, Testimony and Closing Argument, Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar, 2007
  • Aggressive and Ethical Advocacy, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Ethics Seminar, 2007
  • Defense Issues in OWI Litigation,UW Law School 12th Annual Traffic & Impaired Driving Law Seminar, 2006
  • The Fourth Amendment in Drunk Driving Cases, Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar, 2006
  • Defending an Internet Sex Sting Case, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  Mega-Seminar, 2006
  • Defense Perspective on Chemical Testing, International Society for Chemical Testing, 2005
  • Defense Perspective on Law Enforcement, UW Law School 10th Annual Traffic & Impaired Driving Law Seminar, 2004
  • Current Developments in OWI Defense, UW Law School 9th Annual Traffic & Impaired Driving Law Seminar, 2003
  • Due Process Provisions of the Bail Reform Act, Federal Defender Services Seminar, 2003
  • Act 100 Update: Navigating the Terrain of Wisconsin's New Drunk Driving Legislation Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Seminar, 2011
  • Cross Examination of Laboratory Chemists in State and Federal Drug Cases Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), 2011 
  • Use of Technology in All Aspects of Litigation, From Voir Dire to Closing Argument Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Seminar, 2012
  • HGN 2.0: Advanced Topics in Challenging Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Evidence Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Seminar, 2014
  • Ever Hear of Ben Matlock?: Preparing Your Client for Examination during Collateral Attack Proceedings. Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Seminar, 2015 
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  Ethics Seminar, 2003
  • Blood Testing Evidence in OWI Cases, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  OWI Seminar, 2003
  • Trial Issues in Drunk Driving Cases, UW Law School 8th Annual Traffic & Impaired Driving Law Seminar, 2002
  • Cross Examining the Blood Analyst, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  OWI Seminar, 2002
  • The War on Drugs: Defending a Urinalysis Case, NORML Conference, Key West, Florida, 2001
  • Cross Examination of State's Expert in Blood Test Case, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers  OWI Seminar, 2001
  • Military Discharge Upgrades and Correction of Records, NACDL - La Jolla, California, 2000
  • Mental Health Issues in Military Criminal Defense Practice Central Circuit Defense Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 1998
  • Instructor, Law of Armed Conflict Training Program, Illinois, 1995-1997
  • Instructor, Company Grade Officer Seminar, Colorado, 1997-1999
  • Instructor, First Term Airman Center, Colorado, 1997-1999
  • Instructor & Chief Judge, Annual Air Force ROTC Moot Court Competition, 1995-1996
  • Instructor, Commander’s Orientation Course, Illinois, 1995-1997
  • The Law of War Commander's Seminar Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, 1995-97
  • Instructor, Airman Leadership School, Illinois, 1994-1997
  • Technology Innovations for the Criminal Defense Practitioner, Small Firm and Solo Practice Seminar, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2014
  • The ABC’s of HGN: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus and the New Daubert Standard in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Annual Drunk Driving Seminar, 2013
  • Instructor, First Sergeant Justice Orientation Course, 1997-1999

Educational Background:

  • B.S. Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Mount Olive College, North Carolina, 1990
  • Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course, Judge Advocate General’s School, Alabama
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Trial and Defense Advocacy School
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy School
  • The Attorney General’s Institute, United States Dept of Justice, Criminal Advocacy School
  • Trial and Defense Litigation Skills Course, Texas
  • Trail Defense Counsel Course, Washington, D.C.
  • Medical Malpractice Tort Litigation Course, David Grant Medical Center, California
  • Claims and Tort Litigation Course, Judge Advocate General’s School, Alabama
  • Federal Employee Labor Relations Course, US Army JAG School, Virginia
  • Operations Law Course, Judge Advocate General’s School, Alabama
  • Contract Attorney’s Course, US Army JAG School, Virginia
  • Legal Assistance Course, US Army JAG School, Virginia
  • Joint Operations Staff Officer Course, Illinois

Industry Groups

  • Criminal Defense
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • Law
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Office Location for Kirk B. Obear

603 South Eighth Street
PO Box 935
Sheboygan, WI 53082-0935

Phone: 920-395-2200

 

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Last Updated: 8/31/2017

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