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Steven Oberman

Steven Oberman

Oberman & Rice
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law
  • Tennessee
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Since 1980, Steve has successfully represented thousands of clients charged with DUI and Vehicular Homicide. Steve is the named principal of The Oberman Law Firm practicing primarily in Knoxville and the East Tennessee region of the state.

Steve has been a member of the Board of Regents of the National College for DUI Defense since 1999. He was also the first lawyer in Tennessee to be certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization and the NCDD.

He is the author of DUI: The Crime & Consequences in Tennessee and co-author of the national treatise, Drunk Driving Defense with Lawrence Taylor. He has been chair or co-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' DUI Committee since 1995 and is a frequent contributor to its official publication, The Champion.

Designated a Fulbright Scholar in 2019, Steve was honored by teaching as a visiting professor at The University of Latvia in Riga, Latvia where he taught two classes: American Criminal Law and American Trial Advocacy. During his term in Latvia, Steve also lectured at Mykolas Romeris University, one of Lithuania's largest universities, and the Czech Republic Police Academy in Prague.

Steve has been named to Tennessee's Best Lawyers List annually since the inception of the list in 2004. It has described him as: "[the] Godfather statewide in the area of DUI"; "Brilliant lawyer, great teacher"; and "Well-regarded trial attorney with 'professorial' demeanor. . . .". He has also been honored as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" by the publication of the same name; a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" by the American Trial Lawyers Association; and a "Super Lawyer" by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine.

Steve has been a featured guest on many local and national radio and television programs, where he has provided commentary on criminal defense issues ranging from the O.J. Simpson murder trial to, of course, DUI defense.

Practice Areas
    DUI & DWI
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingent fees only accepted in personal injury cases
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee
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  • English
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Oberman & Rice
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University of Tennessee College of Law
J.D. (1980) | For more information, please review or
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Several different awards
National College for DUI Defense, National Association of Crimina Defense Lawyers, among others
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Multiple Awards
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Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Chairman, DUI Committee
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Speaking Engagements
Steve has spoken over 200 times in 29 states and five foreign countries., See for more information
DUI Defense Specialist
Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization & The National College for DUI Defense, Inc.
Websites & Blogs
Tennessee DUI Center
Contact & Map
Oberman & Rice, Trial Attorneys
550 Main St.
Suite 730
Knoxville, TN 37902
Telephone: (865) 249-7200
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