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Attorney Oscar Butler

Oscar Butler began with Barnes & Fersten in 2023, following a four-year career as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) for the Knox County District Attorney’s office. As an ADA, Oscar was assigned to the DUI Unit, Career Criminal and Gang Unit, and the Felony Drug Unit, where he handled virtually every type of charge in our criminal justice system, both in general sessions and at the trial level.

Oscar understands that every case is different. He focuses on offering a personalized experience for each client with the goal of achieving the best result possible. While new to private practice, Oscar has a wide variety of experience from both sides of the law.

Oscar, originally from Murfreesboro, TN., graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Maryville College in 2015. While taking a year off to prepare for law school, Oscar worked in a criminal defense firm where he learned to appreciate the importance of listening to a client’s goals and setting forth a plan to achieve them. Oscar then attended Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law, where as a student he worked in a private family law firm, assisted in a criminal defense firm, and ultimately clerked for the Federal Magistrates in Federal Court for the Eastern District of TN. 

Oscar was hired by the District Attorney’s Office in 2019, immediately following his graduation from LMU. Oscar is married to his wife, Sarah, and enjoys all things Tennessee Sports and playing golf. 

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Mr. Barnes is a two time graduate of the University of Tennessee, in 2006 and 2009.

He graduated UT Law with honors and has been practicing in Knoxville and the surrounding counties since.

Continuing education and staying at the forefront of legal issues and practice is important to Mr. Barnes. He regularly travels throughout the country to attend the best and most timely continuing education and to further hone his legal skill.

Just a few of the prestigious colleges and trainings he’s attended, include the National Criminal Defense College, the National College For DUI Defense held on the property of Harvard Law School, and the Tennessee Criminal Defense College.

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