Firm Overview

Steve Oberman has been practicing law, primarily as a DUI lawyer in Tennessee, since 1980. He began his practice with W. Zane Daniel, John J. Duncan Jr., and Glen Claiborne under the firm name of Daniel, Duncan & Claiborne. Due to Mr. Duncan being elected Knox County Criminal Court Judge, and later our U.S. Congressman, Zane Daniel and Steve Oberman began their own firm in 1986, Daniel and Oberman. The two of them practiced law together until Zane Daniel passed away in 2006 after succumbing to cancer.

Sara Compher-Rice joined the firm in 2002 to assist Steve while developing a practice of her own as a criminal defense attorney. In 2010, to honor his long-time association with Ms. Compher-Rice, Sara was named a partner in the firm and the firm was renamed Oberman & Rice. Arrin “A.Z.” Zadeh was brought on board in 2014 to further assist the firm due to his outstanding reputation among his prior clients and Knox County lawyers in general. His successes continued and A.Z. was awarded partner status in 2017.

The mission of our law firm is to zealously represent our clients while maintaining the highest standards of professional responsibility and ethics. Of equal importance, our lawyers and staff strive to provide exceptional service to our clients and pride ourselves on prompt and thorough communication with our clients.

Additionally, our lawyers have a strong commitment to scholarship–volunteering their time to educate other member of the bar (lawyers and judges) as well as the general public on a variety of legal topics. Our lawyers have combined to deliver hundreds of presentations. Please review our lawyers’ biographies for more details: Steve Oberman, Sara Compher-Rice and Arrin “A.Z.” Zadeh.

Due in part to the work ethic and dedication of the Oberman & Rice law firm to our clients, many different organizations have bestowed the firm with their highest ratings for law firms. Individually, each of our Tennessee DUI lawyers have received many honors from numerous other organizations.

Attorney At Law Magazine: Attorneys of the Month

The Oberman & Rice Law Firm was proud to have been featured as “Attorneys of the Month” in the September 2012 issue. The article about the firm may be viewed by clicking on the photograph below.


Featured Posts

June 27, 2022

Tennessee Penalties Toughest In U.S.

Criminal penalties for many crimes are going to increase substantially in Tennessee as of July 1, 2022. Certain crimes committed on and after that date in Tennessee will carry some of the toughest penalties in the United States due to […]

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June 27, 2021

Illnesses May Be Mistaken For Intoxication

A good DUI defense lawyer will spend sufficient time conferring with one’s client to determine whether the arresting officer mistook the client’s medical condition as intoxication.Unfortunately, this mistake occurs every day—often presenting with people suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), […]

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April 08, 2021

Tennessee Handgun Law Defense

As of April 8, 2021, Tennessee created an exception to the offense of unlawful carrying of a firearm. Accordingly, it is now a defense to T.C.A. 39-17-1307 if a person meets the age requirements, lawfully possesses the handgun, and is […]

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Oberman & Rice
550 Main Street
Suite 730
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone Number
(865) 249-7200
(865) 540-1696 (fax)

GPS Coordinates
Long: 35.970504
Lat: -83.914776

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