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Since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1980, Mr. Oberman has become established as a national authority on the intricacies of DUI defense law. Steve is a former Dean if the National College for DUI Defense, co-author of a national treatise, ("Drunk Driving Defense" published by Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer) and author of "DUI: The Crime and Consequences in Tennessee" (published by Thomson-Reuters/West). He has taught thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the general public about the intricacies of this crime. As a Tennessee DUI attorney, Mr. Oberman has successfully defended over two thousand clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In 2006, Mr. Oberman became the first DUI lawyer in Tennessee to be recognized by the National College for DUI Defense as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense law.

Firm: Oberman & Rice Law Firm

Areas of Practice: DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Traffic

Address: 550 Main Street Suite 730 Knoxville, Tennessee TN 37902

Phone: (865) 249-7200

Fax: (865) 540-1696

Undergraduate: AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Auburn, Alabama Bachelor of Arts 1977

Law School: UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW, Knoxville, Tennessee Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1980

Professional Affiliations: Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1980 – Present) Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, Incorporated; Board of Directors (1993 – 2000); Vice President (1994 – 1998); President (1998 – 2000) Knoxville Bar Association (1980 – 2006); Co-Chair Judicial Committee (1997 – 2001) National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1982 – Present); Chair or Co-Chair DUI Advocacy Committee (1995 – Present) National College for DUI Defense, Inc.; Dean (2009-10); Board of Regents (1999 – Present); Founding Member; Fellow, 2010 – present Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1980 – 2006); Board of Directors (1983 – 1989)

Professional Accomplishments: Steve has been a member of the Board of Regents of the National College for DUI Defense since 1999 and began his term as Dean of the College in July 2009. He was also the first lawyer in Tennessee to be certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense.

Professional Experience: 2008 – Present: The Oberman Law Firm An Association of Trial Lawyers Knoxville, Tennessee 1986 – 2008: Daniel & Oberman An Association of Trial Attorneys Knoxville, Tennessee 1996 – Present: Adjunct Professor University of Tennessee Law School Knoxville, Tennessee 1993 – 1995: Adjunct Associate Professor University of Tennessee Law School Knoxville, Tennessee 1983 – 1985: Daniel, Claiborne, Oberman & Buuck Attorneys at Law Knoxville, Tennessee 1980 – 1982: Daniel, Claiborne & Lewallen Attorneys at Law Knoxville, Tennessee

Additional Education: Certified as a Specialist in DUI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., 1999 Certified as a Specialist in DUI Defense Law by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization, 2006

If you would like to contact the author, please visit: http://www.tndui.com


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