Oberman & Rice
550 Main Street
Suite 730 Knoxville, TN 37902
Steve is the managing partner of The Oberman & Rice Law Firm, practicing DUI defense law and criminal defense law in general primarily in Knoxville and the East Tennessee region of the state. Since 1980, Steve has successfully represented thousands of clients charged with DUI and Vehicular Homicide. Steve has also defended those accused of serious crimes in federal and state court including, bank fraud, embezzlement, attempted murder. all types of drug cases, and other white collar crimes.
Designated a Fulbright Scholar in 2019, Steve was honored by becoming 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 served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Law School since 1993 and has received a number of prestigious awards for his faculty contributions. He has lectured to other lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers on hundreds of occasions in 29 states and five foreign countries.
Mr. Oberman is the author of DUI: The Crimes & Consequences in Tennessee (Thomson-West Publishing, updated annually since first published in 1991); and since 2003, is the co-author of Drunk Driving Defense, (Wolters-Kluwer/Aspen Publishing) with Lawrence Taylor of Long Beach, California. Both texts are widely relied upon by judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers.
Steve was a founding member of The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. and was a member of the Board of Regents of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. from 1999 until 2011. Mr. Oberman served as Dean of the organization from 2009-2010 and was named Dean Emeritus from 2010 - 2011. He currently remains active in the organization and has held the designation of "Fellow" since 2011.
Additionally, Mr. Oberman has been chair or co-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' DUI Committee since 1995 and is a frequent contributor to The Champion, its official publication. Mr. Oberman is one the few lawyers in the nation who have been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. He was also the first lawyer in Tennessee to be Board Certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense.
Mr. Oberman is a popular speaker at seminars throughout the United States and Canada and has even spoken to court officials in Cambridge, England about defending impaired drivers. In 2002, he was honored to demonstrate cross-examination techniques and lecture at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia on the topic of courtroom testimony. In 2006, he was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on DUI Laws in Tennessee.
Steve has been named to Tennessee’s Best Lawyers List annually since the inception of the list in 2004. It 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. Among Mr. Oberman's many honors, he was 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. Mr. Oberman also maintains the highest rating from the renowned Martindale-Hubbell and AVVO rating systems.