XXXLAW J. D. Obenberger and Associates, Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Firm Biographies

 

J. D. Obenberger

 

In America Unzipped, author Brian Alexander writes that Attorney J.D. Obenberger may be the most vociferous champion of the Adult Industry in the United States. J.D. Obenberger is a popular worldwide speaker on issues of adult internet law and regulation, having spoken 58 times since 2000 before thousands of adult webmasters and content producers in the United States, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Holland, and Costa Rica, and in ten American states and three Canadian provinces. He is the author of "Pleasureboating on the River Rubicon", published in hardcover during 2007 by the Thompson-West Publishing Company in its anthology, Online Pornography, and numerous other articles which have appeared in AVN Online, XBIZ World, Klixxx, Adult Store Buyer and numerous other journals. He is deeply committed to personal liberty and privacy from the interference of government in the spirit of the American Constitution, and in the American political tradition. His personal heroes include Barry Goldwater.

J. D. Obenberger is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1979), the United States Army Judge Advocate General's School (1979), and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1986).

Starting from the representation of brick and mortar adult book stores, gentlemen's clubs and other Adult businesses in the Chicago area in 1993, he has developed an outstanding national and international reputation for representing the interests of the online entertainment community and as an advocate of Liberty in general. He has worked to the advantage of his clients at every step of government attack, from intervention during the execution of a federal search warrant through the entire process, from charges to trial; He successfully litigated the Mike Jones criminal obscenity case and now is engaged in obscenity criminal defense in St. Martinville, Louisiana. XXXLAW has represented numerous clients in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim, providing services in all of the legal issues confronting the webmaster and content producer: The defense of content producers and retailers accused of obscenity, copyright infringement and right to privacy representation, domain name disputes, and content reviews of adult megasites are regular parts of its practice area.

A former elected municipal city council member, he also served as Mayor Pro-tem and on the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Commission. He was decorated for outstanding performance of duty as a criminal defense lawyer while a Captain of the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps and was undefeated when he brought cases on behalf of the United States as a prosecutor. While a Captain in the Army JAG Corps, he lived in Germany for three years, and speaks fair conversational German. He taught Political Science for Central Texas College (1982). He often provides commentary in television and print media on issues affecting online communications and has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Wired, AVN Online, XBIZ, YNOT News, Klixxx and numerous other publications, and has been a guest on The O'Reilly Factor.

He is an active member of The First Amendment Lawyer's Association and the Free Speech Coalition. He has handled a wide variety of criminal cases, ranging from obscenity to conspiracy, aggravated kidnapping, forgery and drug cases, both as a prosecutor and as defense counsel, at trial and on appeal, and in locations as geographically diverse as Brownsville, Texas, Vicenza, Italy, and throughout Germany.

 

Reed Lee

Reed Clayton Lee has been practicing law for 15 years and concentrating on free expression matters for well over ten years.

His free expression work has involved representation of clients ranging from political activists of widely varying points of view to those who produce and disseminate sexually oriented expression.

He has represented clients in both civil and criminal matters, and - in the civil cases - he has represented those seeking affirmative relief against threatened government action as well as those defending against proceedings the government has brought. In all free expression and related cases, though, he has represented the free speech claimants, that is, those who faced trouble with some government agency because of what they had to say or publish or what they wanted to read, see, or hear.

He has acted as defense counsel in criminal obscenity jury trials involving both live performances and videotapes.

He attended law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and did his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mr. Lee is an active member of the First Amendment Lawyers' Association and the Constitutional Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association.

In connection with the defense of free expression, he has defended clients against condemnation of real property by government authority and has handled for them a wide array of commercial and corporate matters in litigation.

Reed Lee is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Northern District of Illinois. He is also admitted before the Illinois Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

 

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