Board Certified by the NCDD, Steve served 12 years on the NCDD Board of Regents, culminating in his service as Dean in 2009-2010. He remains active in the organization and has held the designation of “Fellow” since 2011. He currently serves as a member of the Board Certification Committee.
Mr. Oberman was 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.
Steve has been practicing in the field of criminal defense, with an emphasis on DUI defense, since 1980. He is the author of DUI: The Crime & Consequences in Tennessee (Thomson-West Publishing), a text widely relied upon by judges, prosecutors and defense counsel throughout Tennessee. He is also co-author with Lawrence E. Taylor of Drunk Driving Defense, 7th edition (Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer Publishing) He is a frequent contributor to “The Champion,” the official publication of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Steve has been an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Law School since 1993 and has received prestigious awards for his faculty contributions. Steve maintains the highest rating “av” from the renown Martindale-Hubbell rating system and recognized each year as one of the Best 150 Lawyers in the state by Business Tennessee Magazine since the inception of its survey in 2004. Oberman has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by the publication of the same name, and his firm has been named one of the “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and World Report. Oberman has also been named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the American Trial Lawyers Association, and a “Super Lawyer” by Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine.
Steve has served as chair or co-chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Committee since 1995. Steve is a popular speaker at seminars throughout the United States on various topics relating to DUI defense, lecturing in over 100 seminars in over 20 different states, Canada and the United Kingdom.