David K. Sparr


Dave Sparr is a long time resident of Oshkosh. He attended Oshkosh High School (now Oshkosh West) and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh before obtaining his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Dave has been practicing law in Oshkosh since 1978. He and his wife, Diane, live in Oshkosh. Their two children, Eric, who also graduated from law school at UW-Madison, and Jessica, who is a business analyst in Minneapolis also grew up in Oshkosh. Dave has been a member or chair of the Downtown Oshkosh Business Employment Improvement District since 2000.

Dave and his wife, Diane, fell in love with Madison while attending grad school and law school. They came to Madison many weekends over the years for activities, such as the Great Taste of the Midwest, arts events, sports events, and the Saturday Farmers market, for restaurants, and for bicycling on Madison’s great bike trails. They purchased a condo in 2009 so they could spend more time in Madison versus traveling to other cities for bike trips and entertainment. They operated a branch law office there for 10 years and still handle personal injury claims from the Madison area.


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    • B.S.
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Major: Anthropology
    • Major: Sociology
  • Attended UW-Madison Ph D program in Anthropology prior to law school

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1978

Classes & Seminars

  • Tort Seminar, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1992 to 1992
  • Personal Injury Class Lectures, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, 1998

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Oshkosh Arts Assn. & Gallery Walks, 1998 to 2017
  • Oshkosh Business Improvement District, 2000 to Present
  • Crime Stoppers, Treasurer, 1994 to 2002

Representative Clients

  • National Education Assn. Lawyer Referral Program Member, 1987-Present

Professional Associations

  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 1981 to 2006
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice, Member, 2006 to Present
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Director, 1988 to 1998
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice, Litigation Section, 1988 to Present
  • Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District, 2000 to Present
  • Oshkosh Arts, Board Member, 2001 to 2007
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1998 to 2007
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member, 1978 to Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Rental Property Management-Advice to Property Owners
  • Works as Arbitrator for Attorneys on Personal Injury Claims

Current Employment Position

  • Of Counsel Member of Sparr, Belville & Brown, LLC, 2020

Past Positions

  • State of Wisconsin, Dept of Consumer Protection, 1976 to 1978
  • Curtis, Mackenzie, Vander Loop & Sparr, Attorney and Shareholder, 1978 to 1984
  • Williams, Schultz, Sparr & King, Partner, 1984 to 1998
  • David K. Sparr & Associates, SC, President, 1998 to 2019