Sara Compher-Rice’s Resume

Sara Compher-Rice

Attorney at Law
550 Main Street, Suite 730
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Phone: (865) 249-7200
Fax: (865) 540-1696

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW, Knoxville, Tennessee Doctor of Jurisprudence, Magna Cum Laude 2002


DENISON UNIVERSITY, Granville, Ohio Bachelor of Arts 1999


Tennessee State Courts (2002)

U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee (2003)


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2002 – Present); Member of DUI Committee
(2007 – Present); Vice-Chair of DUI Committee (2009 – Present)

National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (2002 – Present)

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2002 – 2006; 2011 – Present); Board of Directors (2011 – Present)

Knoxville Bar Association (2002 – 2006, 2010 – Present)

Phi Delta Phi (International Legal Ethics Fraternity) (2000 – Present); Province President (2003 – Present)


2010 – Present The Oberman & Rice Law Firm Knoxville, Tennessee (Partner)

2008 – 2010 The Oberman Law Firm An Association of Trial Lawyers Knoxville, Tennessee

2002 – 2008 Daniel & Oberman An Association of Trial Attorneys Knoxville, Tennessee


Compher-Rice, Sara and Steven Oberman, Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication: Preparation, Strategy and the Law,  in Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases, 2012 Edition, pp. 7-30 (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore).

Compher-Rice, Sara and Steven Oberman, The Standardized Field Sobriety Test Validation Myth, The Champion (published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), June 2006.

Compher-Rice, Sara and Steven Oberman, Have You Told Your DUI Client . . . ?, Dicta (published by the Knoxville Bar Association), April 2008.

Compher-Rice, Sara and Steven Oberman, Investigating the DUI Case: Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See, The Champion (published by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), March 2009.

SPEAKER FOR LECTURES AND SEMINARS (in alphabetical order by organization) East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women (ETLAW)

Topic: DUI Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (April 2011)

Knoxville Bar Association

Topic: DUI Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (February 2011)

Lorman Educational Services

“Strategies in Defending DWI Cases in Tennessee,” Knoxville, TN (April 2009)

Topic: Investigating a DUI Case

Topic: DUI Case Law and Legislative Update

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

“DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity®: Winning with DUI: Offense, Defense and Special Teams,” Las Vegas, Nevada (September 2008)

Topic: A Defense Lawyer’s Practical Guide to Analyzing the Police Videotape

NACDL Spring Seminar: “Ethics and White Collar Work,” Philadelphia, PA (May 2006)

Topic: Enhancing Your Trial with PowerPoint®

“DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity®: Winning at Every Level” Las Vegas, Nevada (September 2011)

Topic: Technology in the Courtroom

South Carolina Bar Association

“You Can Get There From Here: A Roadmap to a Successful DUI Practice,” Columbia, SC (March 2012)

Topic: Field Sobriety Test Cross Examination

Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

“Legislative Update & Case Law Review,” Nasvhille, TN (June 2012)

Topic: DUI Legislative Update

“DUI Training,” Nashville, TN (October 2011)

Topic: Back to Basics

“Taking Care of Business,” Tunica, MS (October 2010)

Topic: DUI Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

“Making the Case for the Defense: Getting Back to the Basics,” Nashville, TN (August 2009)

Topic: The Nuts and Bolts of PowerPoint to Make the Story Come Alive

DUI Defense Seminar, Knoxville, TN (2005) (Co-presenter with Steven Oberman)

Topic: Crossing the Officer on Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them

“Ethics on the Square,” Knoxville, TN (2002)

Topic: Bonding with Your Bail Bondsman

Tennessee Public Defender’s Conference

Tennessee Legislative & Case Law Update, Kingsport, TN (October 2011)

Tennessee Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts

Judicial Impaired Driving Training Seminar (Knoxville, TN 2005) (Co-presenter with Steven Oberman)

Topic: Tennessee Law Relating to Probable Cause in a DUI Case


Best Lawyers in America (2012 & 2013)

Appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility Hearing Committee Member (2011 – Present)

Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011)

Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers (2010)

The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

Elected to the Order of the Coif, University of Tennessee College of Law (2002)


Knoxville March of Dimes; Volunteer (2007 – Present); Signature Chefs Auction- Auction Committee Co-chair (2008)

Knoxville Delta Gamma Alumnae Group; Gamma Alpha Chapter Advisor (2000 – 2003), Vice President (2003-2004)

Denison University; DART Committee Member (2003 – Present); Reunion Planning & Fundraising Committee (2008 – 2009; 2012 – 2013)

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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