Attorney Kirk Obear came
to Wisconsin in 1999 after serving
in the U.S. Air Force for more than ten years. He graduated summa cum laude from Mount Olive College in 1990 with a degree
in Psychology, and received his law degree from the University of Buffalo School of Law in 1994.
While serving in the Air Force, Attorney Obear worked as both a prosecutor and a defense
lawyer. As the Chief of Military Justice, he was responsible for the prosecution of military members under the Uniform Code
of Military Justice. He also held an appointment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting civilians under
Federal jurisdiction. In his next assignment as Area Defense Counsel, Attorney Obear defended clients throughout the
country and around the world, earning him a national reputation for success. He was one of the few active-duty defense lawyers
to receive the Meritorious Service Medal as a Captain. Attorney Obear received more than a dozen awards, citations, and
medals, including a medal for Valor Under Enemy Fire in the Persian Gulf War.
Through his combined experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney, Attorney
Obear has litigated over 100 jury trials. He is currently admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces,
the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the U.S. District
Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the U.S. District for the Western District of Wisconsin, the United States Court
of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
To date, Attorney Obear’s advocacy has resulted in over 100 jury acquittals, amendments,
or dismissals from defense motions filed on behalf of his clients.
his ten year practice in the state of Wisconsin, Attorney Obear has served as the President of the Wisconsin Association
of Criminal Defense Attorneys (WACDL) and is currently the Director of Legislative Affairs for WACDL.
He was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal
Defense Lawyers, an organization dedicated to fighting on the front lines of human rights and civil liberties activism.
Every year since 2007, he has been listed in Wisconsin SuperLawyers®,
a distinction reserved for the top 5% of attorneys in the state.
has been a guest speaker on Wisconsin Public Radio regarding developments in law, and as an outspoken advocate against the
death penalty. His teaching experience includes courses taught to other defense attorneys throughout the country.
Kirk hosts a radio talk show on Saturday mornings from 8:00 - 9:00 AM. "Legal Defense with Kirk Obear"
has been on the air since 2010 and has been a big hit in the AM radio market. The show can be heard on AM 1330 WHBL
and is now streaming live all over the country.