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Steven Oberman

About Steven Oberman

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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