29 years experience in federal and state criminal courts throughout Georgia and the United States.A federal case requires a specialized lawyer. I have 29 years experience as a federal attorney.I know the latest cases in this area and have established good relations in the Georgia courts.I have been representing clients in white collar cases for more than 29 years.I have been representing criminal defense clients my entire career.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1987||02/04/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Best Criminal Defense Attorney||Georgia Business Trend||2012|
|Trial Advocacy Instructor||Emory University School Of Law||2008 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of Steven Berne||1991 - Present|
|Attorney||Federal Defender Program||1989 - 1991|
|Attorney||DeKalb County Public Defender's Office||1987 - 1989|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia||N/A||2013 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia||N/A||1995 - Present|
|United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia||N/A||1990 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Vice President||2010 - 2012|
|State v. Osaghae||Not guilty all counts|
|United States of America v. Butler||All charges dismissed|
|State v. Beverly Hall, et. al.||Probation & Record Expungement|
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|LexisNexis publication||Georgia Criminal Practice Guide||2012|
|Emory University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|University of Florida||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|State v. Sneiderman||Legal Commentator||2013|
|Georgia Bar Foundation||Federal Criminal Defense||2011|
|Advanced Criminal Practice||Jury Selection||2009|
|Fall Seminar||Closing Arguments||2007|
Posted by An'gela
Mr Berne kept me abreast of everything going on in my case, good and bad. I had access to him 24hours.....He provided best and worst case scenarios, which helped me make the vest decicions on how to accept the plea given or go to trial....It was times I was overcome with emotions and when being comforted he seemed genuinely concerned about me, not just the job....This allowed me to trust him to strive for the best outcome for me, not just to rush for a paycheck. I thoroughly appreciate all he did, in my crisis situation.
Posted by velvet
Steven is the greatest!!! He is a people lawyer and he makes sure he does his best. He was available at our every call and is going to do his best which is all you need cause he go hard no matter what ? we stay almost 2 hours away and he didnt blink to be here for us!!! You need a Great Lawyer call Steven Berne he is worth every dollar!! Thanks Steven we family for life.
Posted by Sarah
Our initial consultation was very thorough and promising. Mr. Berne took the time to sit down with me and help me understand everything that needed to be done. He set realistic goals and worked even harder for higher goals. When we decided to hire him he hit the ground running and didn't stop until the job was done. Mr. Berne was able to get things accomplished in a timely and efficient manner. He also took the time to get to know us on a personal level so that we all felt comfortable throughout the case. The outcome of our overall case exceeded expectations. I'm thankful for all his hard work and would recommend his legal services to anyone.
Posted by anonymous
As difficult as it is to deal with consequences to such circumstances along with options to pick and chose attorney, also could be overwhelming with too much of information We received through the internet. In this scenario my DUI case that got dragged to couple of years, which I happen to moved to different state for personal reason. I found Steven Berne is very responsive, knowledgable and experienced.
Posted by anonymous
I met Steven several years ago as I needed some legal advice regarding a criminal matter involving one of my former employees. Though I am not a lawyer, my work required me regularly to interact, work with and supervise many, many lawyers. Over the years, I'd gotten pretty good at identifying a good attorney. Steven "passed" my screening test. It also helped that everything I'd read about him was favorable.
Years later I was charged with DUI. Having never been arrested for anything, my mind was made up that I would hire Steven. I spoke to friends for moral support and received referrals to two attorneys in the process who'd either helped them or helped people they know. In the interest of not appearing appreciative, I spoke with the attorneys my friends referred.
The first attorney advised me to call the prosecutors office and "tell them you want to plead no contest". I was insulted! This person asked me to call the government myself.
The second attorney did not appear to take my case seriously, but agreed to represent me if I wanted him to.
Steven and I met at his office, talked about the case and I walked out with a peace of mind that I didn't have when I walked in. I've seen people fight DUI charges for a year or more. My case was resolved in three and a half months - Mr. Berne is also efficient, in a system renowned and perceived by many for being inefficient. In the end, I still have full driving privileges, served no jail time (outside of the time when I was arrested) and, best of all, my case will be dismissed (though I blew over the legal limit). I've known several people who've been down this frightening path and I know of no one who received an outcome nearly as favorable as mine.
If you need a criminal defense attorney, Steven should be the man to represent you. The value he brings is far beyond what he will charge. In fact, when I hired him, I happened to be low on available funds. Steven was kind enough to offer me a payment plan while I worked to gain access to some savings so I could pay him.
Posted by anonymous
"I went to trial in 2007, and Steven was my attorney, I had no money for legal representation, but out of the kindness of his heart Steven decide to stand my mom and me. My mother was my co-defendent, and even thow he did not represent her during our trial he did work with her lawyer to get time off of her sentence. The infamous Jack T. Camp was our judge, now indicted. During the entire trial Steven faught to get my case thrown out of court because of lack of evidence. This corrupt judge would not allow the case to be thrown out of court, even thow almost every witness that took the stand on the governments behalf could not identify me. Steven and the other defense lawyers ate the governments people for lunch. At one point during the trial the corrupt judge Jack T Camp told Steven to tone it down while going after the governments main witness while she was on the witness stand. The entire court knew that she was lying, and Steven went after her like a lion stalking his prey. Even thow I was sentenced to 37 months and my mom received 108 months. Steven faught for us and was nothing less than a gentleman. I believe if it wasn't for this one sided corrupt Judge leaning toward the government in his unfair stance against minorites. The outcome at the trial may have been very different. Steven would always treat my mom and me with respect. His compassion and his kindness was a compliment to his professional demeanor inside of the court room and outside of the court room. One of the greatest things about Mr. Berne is that you can call him anytime day or night and he'll do what he can to try and help you. We need more lawyers that care not just about winning but we need more lawyers to care about the people. I would recommend Mr. Berne as a great lawyer.
Posted by anonymous
Steven Berne represented me on two separate matters in Atlanta. He is very well respected within the local legal community and is extremely knowledgeable. My most recent case was almost certainly going to have an unfavorable outcome, but he was able to negotiate a plea that enabled me to avoid jail time entirely and to be released from probation immediately. He kept me informed every step of the way and was completely honest with me about my case. It can be very confusing and stressful to be involved with the court system, but Steven gave me the support and expertise I needed to handle a difficult situation. I would recommend him to anyone.
James Howard, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Berne and I have represented co-defendants in several cases. I have always been impressed with Mr. Berne's thorough preparation, his commitment to his clients, and his effectiveness as a courtroom litigator. He has prevailed in cases that would have been lost without a skilled attorney.
Raina Nadler, Estate planning Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Steve is a great defense lawyer. I have gone to him for advice and guidance with clients, he always knows the right assistance to give. Any client would be in great hands and know they are getting a strong defense with Steve.
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