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Knoxville Attorney Brandon Fersten

Attorney Brandon D. Fersten

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Brandon has dedicated his career to providing the highest level of attention and care to every aspect of his clients' DUI, criminal defense, and juvenile defense cases.


  • University of Tennessee College of Law: Magna Cum Laude (Top 15%) with a concentration in Advocacy & Dispute Resolution 
  • University of South Florida, Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics


  • Top 40 Under 40: Criminal Defense 
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars
  • Jerry P. Black Jr. Student Clinic Attorney Award
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Advanced Criminal Law, Negotiation, and Advocacy Clinic
  • Graduate of the Tennessee Criminal Defense Trial College
  • Member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, and the Knoxville Bar Association.


  • Not Guilty Jury Verdicts: (1) Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication: Sevier County; (2) DUI: Knox County
  • Dismissals: Dozens of dismissals of criminal cases ranging from DUI, juvenile, aggravated assault, domestic assault, theft of services and property, drug charges, among various other felony and misdemeanor charges.
  • Transfer Hearings: Successfully denied State’s motion to transfer juvenile to be tried as an adult.
  • Reduced Charges: Countless reduced charges avoiding mandatory minimum jail sentences, preventing felony convictions, among other benefits.


What has led to Brandon’s success in representing hundreds of our clients through their most difficult days facing criminal charges? 

Empathetic/Relationship Building: Brandon truly cares about his clients and  focuses on building both a professional and personal relationship with every client to learn what our clients are most concerned about, their goals in obtaining criminal defense representation, and how our clients got into the situation they are facing.

Brandon does not want a clients’ questions or concerns to go unanswered. He believes a client should not worry about what is out of their control and unfortunately after an individual is placed under arrest, their case becomes out of their control. This is why Brandon routinely tells clients to let himself do the worrying about his clients’ cases. Brandon calls clients to keep them informed every step of the way and answers emails and phone calls from clients as soon as possible so our clients can rest assured that they are in good hands.

Knowledgable/Expertise: Brandon understands the law inside and out to create a legal strategy that maximizes the chances of reaching his clients’ goals by negotiating for a favorable plea agreement that will reach and surpass those goals, when possible, or argue for a dismissal at a motion hearing, preliminary hearing, or at trial.

To this end, Brandon travels the nation to attend the top training and educational programs to continue to perfect his skills. Brandon prides himself on discovering illegal stop, illegal arrests, and illegal seizure issues in cases where other attorneys may not based on his high level understanding of the law.

Results Driven: Brandon is not satisfied unless he surpasses his clients’ expectations in retaining him. Even in the worst cases, such as a DUI case with an incredibly high BAC and no question of impairment, Brandon evaluates every detail of the case because he constantly finds issues with officers’ investigations, or lack thereof, that result in favorable plea agreements or Brandon filing a motion to suppress an illegal arrest or seizure.

This has resulted in Brandon getting cases reduced even under some of the worst scenarios such as DUI cases that Brandon has gotten reduced up to a .25 BAC.

Brandon’s personal life

  • Married his perfect match, his wife Taylor Fersten on June 27, 2021.
  • Son Colton Dallas Fersten was born on November 9, 2022. Brandon loves watching his son grow and learn from the world around him. 
  • Activities: Enjoys playing softball, golf, watching/attending sporting events, spending time with his wife, dog and son, and hiking.
  • Favorite sport: Baseball
  • Favorite Restaurant: Vida

Regardless of whether you are facing DUI, criminal, or juvenile charges, Brandon will work with you in an endeavor to reach your legal goals. If you’d like to speak with Brandon about your legal issue, please give us a call at (865) 805-5703.

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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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