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Steven Oberman

Steven Oberman

also known as Steve Oberman

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Speeding & Traffic Ticket

About Me

Since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1980, I have worked diligently to establish myself nationally as an authority on the intricacies of DUI law.  My background in the sciences gave me a unique perspective in defending those accused of DUI.  I have successfully represented over two thousand clients charged with DUI.  In 2006, I became the first DUI lawyer in Tennessee to be recognized by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization as a certified specialist in the area of DUI Defense law.


 


I am the author of the state treatise entitled, "DUI: The Crimes & Consequences in Tennessee"; and since 2003, have been the co-author of the national treatise "Drunk Driving Defense" with Lawrence Taylor of Long Beach, California.  Both texts are widely relied upon by judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers.  In 1995, I became a founding member of The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. and have served on their Board of Regents since 1999.  During 2009-2010 I had the honor to serve as Dean of the College.  I have also served as chair or co-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' DUI Committee since 1995. For more details about my background and experience as a Tennessee DUI attorney, you may view my resume / vitae.


 


I am also a frequent contributor to The Champion, the official publication of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  I am one of only a few lawyers in the nation who have been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests.  I have also been trained as a Drug Recognition Evaluator and have taught thousands of lawyers on the Field Sobriety Tests and hundreds on the Drug Recognition Tests.


 


I have handled cases from the General Sessions Court (our lowest court in Tennessee) all the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court.  After my argument in a DUI case before the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Court unanimously dismissed the charge against my client. 


 


I am honored to have been selected as Business Tennessee Magazine's "Best Lawyers List" each year since 2004 when the list was first published. Recognizing my contributions to the field of DUI defense, it described me as:


"'Godfather statewide in the area of DUI.' With his treatise on DUI in Tennessee, which debuted in 1991 and has appeared annually since then, stays at the forefront of drunk driving defense in the state. Represents high-profile clients in Knoxville and across the eastern part of the country. 'Brilliant lawyer, great teacher.' Well-regarded trial attorney with 'professorial' demeanor. . ." Alexei Smirnov, Best Lawyers in Tennessee, Business Tennessee Magazine, p. 50 (January 2004).  I was also named Knoxville's 2013 Lawyer of the Year by the "Best Lawyers" organization in the area of Criminal Defense, Non-White-Collar Crime.  Moreover, "U.S. News and World Report" designated  Oberman & Rice as a "Tier 1 Best Law Firm" in Tennessee for DUI Defense and Criminal Defense.


 


Some of my other honors include: Receiving the highest rating from the renown Martindale-Hubbell™ and AVVO rating system; Named as a "Mid-South Super Lawyer," a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by the American Trial Lawyers Association, a "Best Lawyer in America" by a publication of the same name, and one of Knoxville CityView Magazine's "Top Attorneys." 


 


Moreover, I have enjoyed my work as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Law School since 1993 and have received prestigious awards for my faculty contributions.  


 


I spend my "spare time" speaking at seminars throughout the United States on various topics relating to DUI defense. My audiences have included seminar attendees of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have been honored to speak to various bar associations and organizations in more than 17 states in addition to Tennessee, a Court Clerks Meeting in Cambridge, England, the Criminal Lawyers Association of Canada, and sveral judicial conferences in Canda about DUI defense.  In 2002, I was honored to demonstrate cross-examination techniques and lecture at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia on the topic of courtroom testimony and in 2006, I was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on DUI Laws in Tennessee.


 


I hope you will take the opportunity to contact me to discuss your case.  The chances of obtaining a successful result will increase dramatically if you obtain representation within a few days of your arrest.  DUI cases can affect your career and your life - forever.  While I can never guarantee a result, you have my assurance that no one will give you or your case more attention.  Steve Oberman

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1980

  1. DUI & DWI: 85%
    35 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    35 years
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 4%
    35 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

21 total 

  • Robert Samuel Gilligan

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
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Contact Info

The Oberman & Rice Law Firm

550 Main Street
Suite 730
Knoxville, TN, 37902-2567

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TNActive198008/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
2009 Best Lawyers in KnoxvilleKnoxville News Sentinel & Greater Knoxville Business Journal2009
Top AttorneyKnoxville City View Magazine2008
The President's Legal Education Achievement AwardNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2008
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers Magazine2008
The Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2008
Best Lawyers ListBusiness Tennessee Magazine2008
Top 100 Trial LawyersAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2007
Best Lawyers ListBusiness Tennessee Magazine2007
Top AttorneyKnoxville City View Magazine2007
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Top AttorneyKnoxville City View Magazine2006
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers Magazine2006
Award for Leadership in Attorney CertificationTennessee Commission on CLE & Specialization2006
Certified as a Specialist in DUI DefenseTennessee Commission on CLE & Specialization2006
Best Lawyers ListBusiness Tennessee Magazine2006
Best Lawyers ListBusiness Tennessee Magazine2005
Best Lawyers ListBusiness Tennessee Magazine2004
Bernstein-Ritchie Award for Extraordinary ServiceUniversity of Tennessee Law School Legal Clinic2004
Outstanding Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Tennessee College of Law2002
Certified as a Specialist in DUI DefenseNational College for DUI Defense2000
Special Service Award for Outstanding ContributionsMoot Court Board1996
Special Service Award for Outstanding ContributionsMoot Court Board1995
Forrest W. Lacey Award for Outstanding Faculty ContributionUniversity of Tennessee College of Law Moot Court Program1994
Forrest W. Lacey Award for Outstanding Faculty ContributionUniversity of Tennessee College of Law Moot Court Program1993
Who's Who in the WorldMarquisN/A
Who's Who in the South and SouthwestMarquisN/A
Who's Who in American LawMarquisN/A
Who's Who in AmericaMarquisN/A
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in AmericaMarquisN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalThe Oberman & Rice Law Firm2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorThe University of Tennessee College of Law1993 - Present
PrincipalDaniel & Oberman An Association of Trial Attorneys1986 - 2008
PrincipalDaniel, Claiborne, Oberman & Buuck1983 - 1985
AssociateDaniel, Claiborne & Lewallen Attorneys at Law1980 - 1982

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseDean2009 - 2010
National College for DUI DefenseAssistant Dean2008 - 2009
Governor Phil Bredesen’s Task Force on DUI Laws in TennesseeCommittee Vice-Chair2006 - 2006
National College for DUI DefenseRegent1999 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAdvisory Board Member to The Champion (Official Publication)1999 - Present
Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, IncorporatedPresident1998 - 2000
Knoxville Bar AssociationCo-Chair Judicial Committee1997 - 2001
National College for DUI DefenseFounding Member1995 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Committee Chair1995 - Present
Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, IncorporatedVice President1994 - 1998
University of Tennessee College of LawAdjunct Professor1993 - Present
Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, IncorporatedBoard of Directors1993 - 2000
University of Tennessee Law School National Trial TeamCoach1991 - 1996
General Sessions Court of Knox County, Tennessee, Criminal DivisionSpecial Judge1987 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors1983 - 1989
Tennessee Governor’s StaffColonel Aide de Camp1983 - 1983
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1982 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaTrial Lawyer1980 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1980 - 2006
Knoxville Bar AssociationMember1980 - 2006

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v. FerranteCase was dismissed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Thomson West Publishing (First published by Harrison Publishing in 1991. Text is supplemented annually.)DUI: The Crime and Consequences in Tennessee2010
Aspen Publishing (Became co-author in 2003. Text is supplemented annually.)Drunk Driving Defense2010
The ChampionInvestigating the DUI Case: Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See (Co-authored with Sara Compher-Rice, Esq.)2009
DictaHave You Told Your DUI Client . . . ? (Co-authored with Sara Compher-Rice, Esq.)2008
The ChampionThe Standardized Field Sobriety Test Validation Myth (Co-authored with Sara Compher-Rice, Esq.)2006
Journal of Forensic SciencesStatistical Evaluation of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (Co-authored with Michael P. Hlastala, Ph.D. & Nayak Polissar, Ph.D.)2005
The ChampionCrawford v. Washington: [The] DUI Defense Practitioner’s Perspective (Co-authored with Bruce Kapsack)2004
The ChampionCross-Examination of the State’s Blood Test Expert2001
The ChampionDrunk or Drowsy? How Fatigue Can Be Mistaken for Intoxication2001
The ChampionEffective Use of Police Videos in DUI Defense (Co-authored with James A. H. Bell)1999
The ChampionAttacking the Disclosure and Analysis of Hospital Blood-Alcohol Test Results (Co-authored with Jonathan D. Cooper)1997
The ChampionDUI as a Federal Crime (Co-authored with Kimberly Kellogg)1996
The ChampionEvading Roadblocks on the Prosecution Highway (Part One) (Co-authored with Jonathan D. Cooper)1994
periodic series published by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersD.W.I.: Defend With Ingenuity (Co-authored with James A. H. Bell)1987
periodic series published by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersD.W.I.: Defend With Ingenuity (Co-authored with James A. H. Bell)1986
periodic series published by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersD.W.I.: Defend With Ingenuity (Co-authored with James A. H. Bell)1985
Social Studies: The Humanizing ProcessBirmingham Drug Survey1972

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The University of Tennessee College of LawLawJuris Doctorate1980
Auburn University , AuburnPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1977

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Tennessee District Public Defenders ConferenceDUI Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly; Drug Recognition Evaluation & Classification2010
New Mexico Public DefendersCrossing the Officer on Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them2010
National College for DUI Defense Summer SessionOpening Statements: Cross-Examination; Closing Arguments (Workshop Instructor)2010
Mastering Scientific Evidence in DWI/DUI Cases, New OrleansFinding & Preparing Your Blood Test Expert for Trial; The Nuts & Bolts of PowerPoint to Make the Story Come Alive2010
Impaired Driving Specialists, Atlanta, GeorgiaCross Examining the DRE2010
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®: Communicating Your Way to an AcquittalCrossing the FST Officer (Workshop Instructor)2010
Cook County Public Defenders Office (Chicago)Enhancing Your Trial with PowerPoint2010
Canadian Criminal Lawyers' AssociationCrossing the Officer on Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them2010
New York Bar AssociationFinding and Preparing Your Blood Test Expert for Trial2009
NCDD Summer SessionWorkshop Instructor: Cross-Examining the DRE Officer; Opening Statements; Closing Arguments2009
Cook County Public Defenders Office (Chicago)Crossing the Officer on FSTs: Throw the Book at Them2009
Tennessee Specialization ConferenceMicro-Specialties: Insights from The National College for DUI Defense, Inc.2008
NCDD Summer SessionThe Science of Classical Persuasion: Lessons for the Trial Lawyer2008
Indiana Public Defenders CouncilCrossing the Officer on FSTs: Throw the Book at Them2008
Impaired Driving SpecialistsDrug Recognition Expert (DRE) Overview2008
DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity®: Winning with DUI: Offense, Defense and Special TeamsSeminar Moderator and Workshop Instructor2008
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCrossing the Officer on FSTs: Throw the Book at Them2008
Smoky Mountains National Park RangersField Sobriety Tests2007
NCDD Summer SessionWorkshop Instructor: Breath Testing; Problem Witnesses; Field Sobriety Test Impeachment;2007
Mastering Scientific EvidenceExamining the EC/IR2007
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®: Going All-In When the Deck is Stacked Against YouSeminar Moderator and Workshop Instructor2007
DUI on Trial — Big Apple VII SeminarEnhancing Your Trial with PowerPoint®2007
2007 National Roundtable on Lawyer Specialty CertificationMicro-Specialties: Insights from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc.2007
Tennessee Defense Lawyers AssociationEverything the Insurance Defense Lawyer Needs to Know About Field Sobriety Tests but is Afraid to Ask2006
NCDD Summer SessionWorkshop Instructor: Cross-Examining the Arresting Officer2006
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®: Making Over Your DUI PracticeSeminar Moderator and Workshop Instructor2006
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeEffective Use of PowerPoint at Trial & Beating the Field Sobriety Tests with Statistics2006
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Defense2005
NCDD Summer SessionCrossing the Officer on Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them2005
Lorman Educational Services: Standardized Field Sobriety Tests in California“The ‘Science’ Behind Standardized Field Sobriety Tests,” “Using a Holistic Approach to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests,” “Cross of the Cops on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests,” and “Questions and Answers, Roundtable”2005
Judicial Impaired Driving Training SeminarTennessee Law Relating to Probable Cause in a DUI Case2005
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®: Under the Microscope: Beating DUIs with ScienceModerator and Workshop Instructor2005
NCDD Summer SessionField Sobriety Tests and Cross-Examination of the Arresting Officer2004
Mastering Scientific EvidenceDefense Counsel for DUI Case Mock Bench Trial2004
Florida Bar Association Masters of DUI SeminarEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2004
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®: Presenting a Gold Medal DefenseSeminar Moderator2004
DUI on Trial — Big Apple IV SeminarEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2004
University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Legal EducationEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2003
Tennessee Public Defenders Annual Training ConferenceEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2003
Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association & Oklahoma City University School of LawThe Art of the Opening Statement2003
NCDD Summer SessionThe Art of the Opening Statement2003
NCDD Summer SessionEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2003
Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal EducationEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2003
Federal Defenders Services for East Tennessee, Continuing Legal Education ProgramEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2003
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®: Superheroes of DUI DefenseSeminar Moderator and Workshop Instructor2003
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2003
NCDD Summer SessionCross-Examination of the State’s Blood and Urine Test Expert2002
Missouri Association of Criminal Defense LawyersEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2002
Knoxville Sertoma ClubEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2002
Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal EducationOpening Statements: Your First Opportunity to “Win Over” the Jury2002
Federal Bureau of Investigation New Agent TrainingCourtroom Testimony2002
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®: From Curbside to CourtroomSeminar Moderator and Workshop Instructor2002
DUI on Trial — Big Apple II SeminarThe Art of Opening and Closing Statements2002
Sevier County, TN Bar AssociationField Sobriety Tests2001
NCDD Summer SessionField Sobriety Tests — Panel Member2001
NCDD Summer SessionCross-Examination of the State’s Blood Test Expert2001
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense LawyersThe Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them2001
Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal EducationEverything You Wanted to Know About Field Sobriety Tests But Were Afraid to Ask2001
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®: Skills that Win CasesSeminar Moderator2001
Tennessee Judicial ConferenceEverything You Always Wanted to Know About DUI, But Were Afraid to Ask2000
Tennessee District Attorneys General ConferenceEverything You Always Wanted to Know About DUI, But Were Afraid to Ask2000
Sevier County, TN Bar AssociationRecent Developments in Tennessee DUI Law2000
NCDD Summer SessionCross-Examination of the State’s Breath Test Expert2000
Idaho Association of Criminal Defense LawyersThe Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them2000
Difficult DUIs and Tragic ConsequencesDrunk or Drowsy? How Fatigue Can Be Mistaken for Intoxication2000
Tennessee General Sessions Court Midwinter Judicial ConferenceEverything You Always Wanted to Know About DUI, But Were Afraid to Ask1999
NCDD Summer SessionClosing Arguments1999
DWI Means Defend With Ingenuity®Field Sobriety Tests: A View From a Different Perspective1999
The Ultimate in DUI Defense: Mastering Science, Maximizing SuccessEthical Issues for the DUI Practitioner, Panel Discussion Regarding Chemical Testing1998
Tennessee Public Defenders Annual Training ConferencePreparing to Defend DUI Cases in Tennessee1998
NCDD Summer SessionPre-Trial Investigation and Discovery1998
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Defense1997
Smoky Mountains National Park RangersField Sobriety Tests1997
Memphis Bar AssociationA Complete Arsenal for DUI Defense1997
Defending DUI Cases: Insights From the MastersInvestigating the DUI Case: People to See, Places to Go, Things to Do1997
American Bar Association/National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersInvestigating the DUI Case; Demonstrating Field Sobriety Tests1997
Tennessee Bar AssociationCriminal Representation1996
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersEthical Considerations of Retainer Fees in a Criminal Case1996
NCDD Summer SessionThe Art of the Opening Statement for DUI Defense1996
Knoxville Barristers SeminarGeneral Sessions Court Criminal Practice1996
Knoxville Bar AssociationDefending the Drinking Driver1996
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Defense1995
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersInvestigating the DUI Case1995
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Defense1991
Knoxville Bar AssociationDefending the Drinking Driver1991
University of Tennessee “People’s Law School” Guest InstructorCriminal Law — Rights of the Accused1990
University of Tennessee “People’s Law School” Guest InstructorCriminal Law — Rights of the Accused1989
University of Tennessee “People’s Law School” Guest InstructorCriminal Law — Rights of the Accused1988
Knoxville Bar AssociationDefending the Drinking Driver1988
Knoxville Bar AssociationDefending the Drinking Driver1988
Tennessee CLE, Inc.DUI Defense1987
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Defense1987
Tennessee Trial Lawyers AssociationDUI Defense1986
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersDUI Defense1985
Knoxville Barristers SeminarGeneral Sessions Court Criminal Practice1985
University of Tennessee Graduate School, Criminal Justice ProgramCriminal Procedure1984
Southeastern Educational InstituteRecent Tennessee Legislative and Case Law Developments in the Defense of DUI1984
Cambridge, England Court Clerk MeetingDefending Drinking Drivers in the United States1984
University of Tennessee Graduate School, Criminal Justice ProgramCriminal Procedure1983