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Brandon D. Fersten

DUI and DWI Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   26 reviews
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  • Licensed for 5 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2019
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Brandon

Learn Brandon’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    34%

  2. Criminal defense
    33%
    misdemeanor, felony, federal, white collar, DUI, juvenile, drugs, violent crimes, theft

  3. Juvenile law
    33%
    misdemeanor, felony, federal, white collar, DUI, drugs, violent crimes, theft

PROTECTING YOUR FUTURE FROM THE ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES OF A MISDEMEANOR OR FELONY CHARGE IS MY TOP PRIORITY DURING YOUR MOST DIFFICULT TIMES.

Brandon D. Fersten is a partner at Barnes & Fersten, PLLC who focuses exclusively on criminal, DUI and juvenile defense by regularly appearing in general sessions court, criminal court, and juvenile court to defend our clients. Brandon has successfully argued an appeal in Criminal Court that resulted in a reversal of the trial court's ruling. Brandon fights for our clients everyday in criminal cases that result in countless dismissals and favorable outcomes of criminal and juvenile delinquency charges through negotiations, hearings, bench trials and jury trials. Brandon's passion in representing his clients resulted in Brandon being awarded the Top 40 Under 40 award by The National Trial Lawyers and being named Best Lawyers' Ones to Watch.

Brandon graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in Advocacy & Dispute Resolution from the University of Tennessee College of Law. During law school, Brandon made the Dean’s list three years in a row and he was awarded the prestigious CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Advanced Criminal Law, Advocacy Clinic and Negotiation. In 2020, Brandon was awarded the Jerry. P. Black, Jr. Student Clinic Attorney Award. Prior to law school, Brandon received his bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics from the University of South Florida.

When Brandon is not practicing law, he enjoys playing softball and golf, watching sports and hiking in the Great Smokies with his wife, Taylor. If you see Brandon somewhere on the weekend, you will most likely see him accompanied by his first daughter Lilly, an English Golden Retriever, and his newborn son Colton Dallas.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2020
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2020

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Location

Barnes & Fersten, PLLC

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Austin | August 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Brandon was amazing!!!
Brandon was amazing throughout the entire process. I was losing faith and wanted to give up but Brandon kept encouraging me and fought really hard on my behalf, his hard work and dedication to my case got my DUI 1st offense charge downgraded to Reckless driving. I will forever be thankful for what he did for me. Thanks Brandon!!
Posted by Jackson | September 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great job and provided clarity
Brandon was very supportive throughout The whole process and provided clarity in an important time. Great job by Brandon working out a deal and working with me the entire time.
Posted by Kayla | February 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Criminal Case
Brandon was absolutely phenomenal in taking care of a very new and unsettling situation I had encountered. I highly recommend him to take care of any legal work you have, because he is honest, courteous, and timely. Thanks so much!
Posted by Jennifer | February 23, 2024
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Great Attorney
I am from out of state, and I received a DUI traveling through Knoxville, TN. Brandon Fersten represented me for my DUI charge. Throughout this very difficult and stressful time, Brandon and his assistant Lauren helped me through this whole process. If I had any questions, they never hesitated to answer any of them, and they did it very quickly and with kindness.’ I am happy to say that my case was resolved with a very good outcome. If you are in need of an excellent attorney, I would highly recommend Brandon Fersten.
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Posted by Steve | January 29, 2024
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1st Offense DWI
I was terrified and confused after receiving a DUI. Did not know what to do. Called Brandon and he was very understanding and told me to keep the faith. You get a team with this law firm. Mr Butler represented me in court and I got a reckless driving charge. Very highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2023
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DUI expunged
Brandon and his team did just what they set out to do. My DUI arrest was dismissed and expunged from my record. Their fee was arranged from the onset and no additional charges ever requested.
Response from Brandon Fersten September 11, 2023
Thank you for the review and I am glad we were able to get the DUI dismissed and expunged! Wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2023
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DUI Dismissed
Brandon’s skills in court are unmatched as he got the judge to dismiss my case. Not only was he good in court but he made sure I was informed about everything happening and truly cared about me. Thank you Brandon!
Posted by Daniel | March 30, 2023
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DUI case
Brandon and his team done a great job handling my case they asked me what I wanted done and worked hard to get everything done to exception or as close as possible I would highly recommend everyone at there law firm Thanks again Brandon
Posted by Daryel o brien | January 18, 2023
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The best
Brandon was extremely easy to deal with. He walked me through every step and answered every question I had promptly. He made me feel at ease throughout the whole process and along with Lauren they were the most professional outfit I have ever had dealings with. Top notch all the way
Posted by Will | January 6, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Not a better lawyer in the state!
Brandon was one heck of a guy! Very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable in his field. I would recommend Barnes for anyone! Came in and did everything he said he would and got me through it all with best possible outcome! I thank you tremendously Brandon!
Posted by Mark | October 24, 2022
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Barnes Law Firm Review
I was very pleased with the Barnes Law Firm, my lawyer Brandon Fersten was very professional and efficient on winning my case. Lauren and Tim were very helpful too. I would highly recommend them for any legal matters.
Posted by Marjine | May 8, 2022
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Excellent with details!!!
Brandon, he is an amazing person , he listened every time I talked to him about our situation and paid attention to detail. He was always very motivational with his words towards my son and his situation. He took the time to get to know my son and connect with him to make him feel comfortable for court.
Posted by AJ | April 14, 2022
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Excellent Experience
I had an unfortunate at fault situation involving 3 cars and 5 people about a year back and I consulted Brandon from Barnes Law Firm and agreed for him to represent me. Every single transaction from that day till the closure (about 11 months it took) was in line with my expectations. Very professional, personable and easy to converse with. He ensured I was aware at every step of the way, what to expect and what the potential consequences would be. More than anything I had a feeling that I was in safe hands with my case. It is not easy, especially with multiple parties involved in the case to have the clarity that was brought. Brandon was of great help to achieve a result that was reasonable, given the gravity of the matter and more than anything else, it was easy to work with him in a straightforward manner. I am happy that I chose him to represent me, and I am grateful for all the assists. While I would not wish you any day anything unfortunate run in with law, but in such a case I would any day recommend Barndon as your first consideration.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2022
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Best Lawyer!
In a general sense, I was scammed into buying a car from a small dealership that did not work. Brandon assisted with our case to get this company to buy back the car and avoid going to court over it. He and his team were extremely helpful and we ultimately were able to get the dealership to buy back the car. We could not have asked for better representation and I am thankful for all the time and communication put towards this case. I recommend his firm for anyone needing assistance! My family and I are very appreciative.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2022
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Excellent for Juvenile criminal representation !
All these previous 5 star reviews are truthful. I retained this law firm for a very serious potential felony juvenile case. Brandon represented our child, took the time to answer any and all questions we had, and provide us legal advice that went above and beyond his retainer. He truly wanted what was best for our child and to represent our child to the best of his ability. Lauren, who is the office manager is very kind, responsive, and takes her time to listen and answer any questions or concerns. Both Brandon and Lauren working together made us feel at ease through the stressful process. They will truly be missed as I feel they are an extension of our family. I recommend Brandon to represent your child in any juvenile criminal case. Call their office and speak to Lauren, you will quickly feel like a valued potential client. Our case was resolved with a very positive outcome for our child.
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Posted by Greg | October 4, 2021
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MASTERFUL KNOWLEDGE!
Brandon listens intently with care and compassion. I was being charged with an offense of domestic assault which I did not commit. He explained everything in clear detail and stayed in contact with me throughout the process and was always respectful to me. Brandon got the charge dismissed after one year with unsupervised probation. He is a paragon of what an outstanding attorney should be!
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Posted by Tara | April 9, 2021
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Highly recommend
I am incredibly grateful for the work of my attorney Brandon Fersten. He is a genuinely good person and that’s a rare find. Being accused of a felony crime was beyond humiliating and devastating for me. The people at John Barnes Law (thank you Lauren!) were incredibly nice and supportive and Brandon practically held my hand every step of the way and patiently answered the millions of repetitive questions I asked him. He made this nightmare survivable and as painless as possible. Thank you Brandon and congrats on your upcoming nuptials!! I HIGHLY recommend JBL to anyone needing someone their corner. I can’t thank you enough.
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Posted by David | February 17, 2021
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Brandon was very professional and up front from the first day we talked. He worked hard to get me the best possible outcome.
Brandon worked with the insurance company as well as the health insurance to get the best possible outcome for me. I feel I’ve made a friend because of his concern for my well-being.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2020
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Excellent
Brandon was kind and easy going. He was quick, smart, and handled everything perfectly. He far exceeded my expectations. I cannot say enough good things.
Posted by Lauren | October 15, 2020
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DUI Defense
Mr. Barnes was my attorney but Brandon was by his side through it all and was there to answer any questions. This is a great team and they fought for me and won. I would highly recommend them for any of your legal needs
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Barnes Law Firm
  • 2019 - Present
  • Student Attorney
  • University Of Tennessee College Of Law
  • 2019 - 2019
  • Law Clerk
  • Mcdonald, Levy & Taylor
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Law Clerk
  • Patrick L. Looper- Attorney at Law
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Law Clerk
  • The Law Office of Burroughs & Capps
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Law Clerk
  • Barnes Law Firm
  • 2017 - 2019
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Education

  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor: Magna Cum Laude
  • 2019
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts: Political Science & Economics
  • 2016

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Tennessee v. EM
  • Dismissal of all criminal charges against client
  • State of Tennessee v. John Doe
  • Successfully reversed the trial court's decision on appeal

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2023 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2022 - Present
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Attorney
  • 2019 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • Attorney
  • 2019 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Jerry P. Black, Jr. Student Clinic Attorney Award
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2020
  • Excellence for the Future Award: Advocacy Clinic
  • CALI
  • 2019
  • Excellence for the Future Award: Negotiation
  • CALI
  • 2018
  • Excellence for the Future Award: Advanced Criminal Law
  • CALI
  • 2018
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Publications

  • Amazon
  • Criminal Defense in Tennessee: Straight Answers About Your Rights and What to Expect Next
  • 2020
  • Amazon
  • Juvenile Defense in Tennessee: Straight Answers About Your Rights and What to Expect Next
  • 2020
  • Barnes Law
  • The Citizen's Guide to Lawsuits in Knoxville and East Tennessee
  • 2020
  • UT College of Law
  • The U.S. Supreme Court Or Congress Should Eliminate Major League Baseball's Antitrust Exemption To Scrutinize Major League Baseball's Constitution: An Evaluation of City of San Jose v. Office of Commissioner of Baseball
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity
  • 2021
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 404(b)
  • 2020
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (8)
Endorse Brandon
Landlord or tenant Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Fersten was opposing counsel on an eviction case. He was very prepared, did his research, and was very professional. His spot on legal arguments were frustrating for me at the time, but give me hope for the future of the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I met Brandon after his first year of law school, and even that early in his education it was immediately apparent that he had great potential as a lawyer. Since then I've seen him build on that potential to become a fantastic young attorney. It is exceedingly hard to find the combination of intelligence, work ethic, and ability to communicate well with clients, attorneys, and judges that Brandon has. The satisfaction he gets from a job well done helping people through difficult times, along with those other qualities, made me certain that I wanted to work alongside him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"While working for Brandon, I learned he is a hard working, dedicated, and knowledgeable attorney who cares about his clients. I endorse Brandon for all criminal matters and have seen first hand how his work ethic results in positive outcomes."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the privilege of working with Brandon on several criminal and juvenile cases. Brandon is fantastic lawyer who goes above and beyond for his clients. He is not only exceedingly hard-working, but he also takes the time to get to know his clients and connect with them on a personal level. One of Brandon's greatest strengths as a lawyer is the amount of hard work and effort that he puts into his case preparation. I highly recommend Brandon for anyone in need of legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brandon is a great lawyer who works tirelessly to ensure his clients get the best results. He takes the time to listen to his clients and then develops solid case strategies based on the unique facts of every case. If you’re looking for an intelligent and aggressive lawyer to help you fight your criminal charges then Brandon is the lawyer for you. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Brandon for a number of years. Even in law school, Brandon showed exceptional promise. As a practicing attorney, Brandon is ever the professional with judges, clients, and other attorneys. If you want to hire a client-focused, results-oriented attorney, Brandon is your man."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have been practicing in the area of Criminal Defense for almost 30 years and I have seen a number of lawyers - some good, some not so - come and go. I couldn't have a better opinion of Brandon Fersten and his potential to be a truly great lawyer. I have observed him come up over three years as a law student, and I have seen first hand the time and effort he puts into any project. His work product is consistently thoroughly researched, well organized, and completely thought out. In simple terms, his work is first rate. In addition, Brandon has a genuine "down home" manner about him that clients find extremely comforting and appealing. I have no doubt that Brandon will be one of the most sought after lawyers in the area in just a few years."
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