Robert J. Sharkey

Robert J. Sharkey

Battle Creek, Michigan
877-753-1211 (Toll Free)

Robert J. Sharkey is an attorney and shareholder of the Firm. He is a native of Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1973 and later received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Bob received his law degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1978 and joined the Firm in 1980 after two years of practice.

Bob's expertise is primarily in civil litigation in all courts, including extensive experience in commercial litigation, personal injury, civil rights cases involving police officers and municipal officers, employment law, family law including domestic relations, and estate and business planning.

Bob is admitted to practice law in Indiana as well as Michigan. He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, the 6th and 7th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the Western District of Michigan.

Bob's professional memberships include Calhoun County and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Michigan and Indiana Bar Association. He is an adjunct professor teaching classes in Law at Kellogg Community College and in Organizational Management in the Masters Program at Spring Arbor University.

Bob has been very active in the Battle Creek community including serving as Chair of the Battle Creek Downtown Development Authority. He is the retired chairman of Local Board 217 of the U.S. Selective Service System and is Judge Advocate U.S. Air Force/CAP, Great Lakes Region, holding the grade of Lt. Colonel.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1980

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Estate and Business Planning
  • Wills, Trusts and Probate
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Supreme Court of Indiana
  • U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Potawatomi Indian Tribal Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude - 1978
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • B.S. - 1973
    • Honors: Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, Michigan
    • A.B. - 1971


  • Criminal Procedure, KCC, Department of Criminal Justice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member/Past Representative Assembly Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member/Character and Fitness Committee
  • Indiana Bar Association, Member
  • Battle Creek Downtown Development Authority, Chair
  • Battle Creek Downtown Partnership, Member
  • Cereal City Development Corporation, Director
  • US Judge Advocates Association, Life Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Battle Creek, Assistant City Attorney
  • U.S. Air Force/CAP, Great Lakes Region, Judge Advocate
  • U.S. Selective Service System, LB217, Chairman