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Steven Paul Berne

Federal crime Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   81 reviews

also known as Steven Berne

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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1987
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I have been practicing law for over 30 years.  If you want a lawyer who cares about you and will fight for you, then you should contact me.  You will have my direct office phone number, cell phone number and e-mail address to communicate about your case at any time.

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  81 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Process
I highly recommend Lawyer Bern, since my husbands case began, his treatment towards myself and my family has been great. He achieved excellent results in the case and I'm beyond grateful for him and the team around him. His assistant, Ally, was helpful in every aspect throughout the whole process and they were all very compassionate and loving to our family. I'm grateful for their services and everything they did for us.
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Posted by Manuel escobar | February 15, 2023
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Second chance at life
There is no words that I can write to describe everything Mr Steven Berne has done for me and my family I was facing 10 to life in federal prison, with his guidance and expertise was able to get me a substantial decrease in my sentence went from 10 year minimum to 1 year and one day . I would highly recommend and will not stop fighting for you, I never felt alone with the whole process. Plus all the judges and prosecutors seem to have a lot of respect for him for me that was a big plus in any situation.
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Response from Steven Berne March 1, 2023
Thank you Manuel. I was honored to represent you.
Posted by Derom | January 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The real deal
He is the best lawyer I have ever had. He is honest and works hard. Hire him ASAP if you have legal issues because he will walk you through and win..The best thing for you to do is call Mr. Berne if you have a case..
Response from Steven Berne March 1, 2023
Thank you Derom. I am so happy that I was able to assist you in having your federal charges dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Lighter Sentence in Federal Court
We hired Attorney Steven Berne for a federal case. He conveniently guided us through most of the case without having to drive to him which was a big plus. Our case was complex and Steven worked on getting a lighter sentence which was definitely worth hiring him!
Posted by Shannon | November 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Regional Sales Manager
Steve represented my brother and was the most caring and very well at communicating and getting us prepared for court. My brother has felt great with having Steve to represent him. We highly recommend!
Posted by Justin | September 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
I met Steven in 2020 after being charged for reckless driving. This was a first for me and Steven has been there for me anytime I needed a consultation even for minor things. He always laid out my options and helped me understand the good and bad of each scenario. Prosecutors can be very difficult and downright condescending but I’ve never worried because he does such a wonderful job of keeping me at ease. No one wishes to be on the wrong side of the law but if you are, you will not regret having him by your side. Extremely thankful for your hard work good sir. God bless!
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Posted by Genevieve | September 28, 2022
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The Best
I was so satisfied with Mr Berne. He always has the clients best interest in mind and works hard to fight for you. Every single time in court the judges always compliment him on how eloquent his presentations are. He always maintains contact with me through mail or text or phone call for jail always responds quickly and handles all court procedures in a timely manner. I will always hire him for any cases I have and would recommend him to anyone looking for amazing representation. The judges and Us Attorneys respect him and they have a great rapport.
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Posted by Correy | June 8, 2022
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I chose Steven as my lawyer in Nov 2019. My case took 3 years to complete due to COVID halting the process of court dates and Steven did not ask for a second retainer fee.. I was facing a felony charge and 10 years probation.. Steven was able to negotiate it down immediately to a 1 year probation sentence , NO Jail time and my charges were reduced to a MISDEMEANOR . I’m no longer a felon thanks to this man . I wanna express major gratitude and praise! He does his homework and I would recommend his services to any individual!! Thank you Steven - Correy
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2022
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Very knowledgeable in the justice system and how functions
If you are reading this you probably found yourself on the wrong end of the law. I hired Steve and was able to have the charge dropped ultimately. Steve really understand and will work hard for you. I would recommend him if you find yourself in need of a defense attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Saved me from going to prison
I was facing three felony charges and this Angel of a Man got me two years probation. His fees were also very reasonable. I highly recommend Mr. Berne.
Posted by Christopher Allen | March 7, 2022
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Christopher Allen
Steve was very good in my case almost made it as family was able to reach out to him on things that didn't concern my caes and he always listened and responded I highly recommend him
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Honest and very Impressive.
I hired Mr Berne after being let down by a couple of other attorneys, I hired him based on the reviews about him and I was more than impressed about the way he handled my case, my first meeting with him gave me peace of mind that I am in the right hand. he is very knowledgeable and and made sure he got me result. He handled my case as if that was the only case he had, he will always call the prosecutor's office to speed things up. He is very reliable and put the interest of his client first. I dealt with other lawyers and I must say Mr Berne stands out. If you want someone that is reliable, someone that will take up your case with compassion and zeal to get positive result. I recommend Mr Berne.
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Posted by Sarah | February 8, 2022
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Excellent attorney!
I’ll keep a long story brief. I had a warrant from 2015 I didn’t know about until the police ran my driver’s license. The reason for the warrant was for an old ticket where they sent a notice to appear to an old address so I never made it to court. I was shocked and got arrested in Dekalb county but the warrant was from Fulton. I was terrified because I have no experience with going to jail…much less for an old ticket! I was processed in Dekalb and then transferred to Fulton. When you’re unexpectedly arrested it’s pretty overwhelming, but Steven was phenomenal in helping me and my family feel less anxiety about the situation. He gave us clear options and instructions and we were able to get me out in 24 hours. When we met in person he was very easy to talk to and explained things clearly. We kept in steady communication about my future court date. The day of court I felt confident and more at ease knowing Steven would be there as my representation. I would say I’d hire him again, in the future, but let’s hope I don’t have to!
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Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2021
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Highly Recommended
When searching for an attorney I called several firms, and Mr. Berne was the only attorney I spoke to directly. He took charge of my case immediately and efficiently with great communication and professionalism. I would HIGHLY recommend Steven Berne!
Posted by Will | October 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
High Regards
Mr. Berne is a smart & aggressive attorney. He is highly-respected, a caring gentleman, and can keep you calm in a very stressful case. Mr. Berne helped me with my case in efforts to obtain a favorable outcome, and I would recommend him again and again. He is an excellent attorney.
Posted by Serenity | April 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Counsel
I am so grateful for how Mr. Berne represented my family member. He was very attentive to my family member's needs. He was diligent in his efforts in gathering concrete evidence and presenting the case that was not only heard but I believe was also felt in such a way that it made allowances for my family to get all that he needs to serve his time, receive the medical attention that is needed and to assist him in becoming a productive and law abiding citizen. Well done Mr. Berne!
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Mr. Steven Burne to fight a criminal case on my behalf. He was able to lessen my plea charges from 3 to 1 charge. He kept my personal citizenship status private in court and I appreciate that he spoke up about this.
Posted by Lizet | March 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer around! My husband and I were very pleased to have hired Mr. Berne. He was very informative and educated us on the case. He made it easy on us throughout the legal process. We are very pleased with the services and results to his case. We will definitely be recommending him.
Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Attentive
Mr. Berne was very attentive and understanding of my case. He worked with me to find out the facts of my case and also let me know everything play by play. Great communication throughout.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Mr. Berne was a great, honest and non-judgmental attorney. He listened and received an outcome I was more than happy about. Even after the case was done he still is willing to help with any questions or follow-up actions needed. I don't plan on hiring him again because that means I got into trouble, however if I did he would be my first call.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Emory University School Of Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • 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
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  • Emory University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1984

Legal Cases

  • 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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  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • 2013 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • 1995 - Present
  • United States District Court of the Northern District of Georgia
  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Superb Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2021
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Georgia Business Trend
  • 2017


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Gun Law: Advanced Issues
  • 2016
  • LexisNexis publication
  • Georgia Criminal Practice Guide
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • State v. Sneiderman
  • Legal Commentator
  • 2013
  • Georgia Bar Foundation
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • 2011
  • Investigation Seminar
  • Investigations
  • 2010
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Jury Selection
  • 2009
  • Fall Seminar
  • Closing Arguments
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
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Federal crime Attorney | Aug 06
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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is a consummate professional. He is prepared, polite, and practiced. Steven is a tireless worker who possesses key traits for success, both inside and outside the courtroom. He has deservedly earned the respect of the legal community to the benefit of his many satisfied clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"My first experience working with Steven was when I assisted him with a jury trial in Fulton County. He put on a fantastic defense and acquitted his client on a number of very serious felony charges. A conviction would have certainly led to a lengthy prison sentence, but Steven's client walked out of the courtroom vindicated. Since then, I have worked with Steven on a few cases, and he has always lived up to that same exceptional standard. Steven has a stellar reputation, and it is well-deserved."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is an outstanding attorney. He works tirelessly for his clients. He always has an excellent grasp of the facts and the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Among the characteristics of a premier criminal defender are: knowledge of the law, courtroom skill and presence, zeal, creative thinking and passion for the practice. I have and will continue to refer state and Federal criminal matters to Steven Berne with the highest level of confidence as he possesses an abundance of all these traits and more."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Steven for 10 plus years, and he is an amazing attorney. He is one of the most creative lawyers around, and he will always find an angle to win any client's case. He is very thoughtful, caring, and honest with his clients. He is in this business to protect people from prosecution. I have tried many cases with him, and I always watch him with great admiration. You are in great hands when you hire Mr. Berne."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Steven for the last three years. He consistently comes up with new and aggressive tactics to represent his clients. He is often the most prepared lawyer in the room. Steven is an excellent lawyer that I would recommend to anyone charged with a crime."
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