Brent, a native of Tifton, Georgia, is a partner and shareholder with Hall Booth Smith PC. Brent graduated from Valdosta State College with an undergraduate degree in political science (B.A. '91) and received the graduate degree of Master of Public Administration (M.P.A. '92). While attending college, Brent attended Abraham Baldwin Regional Police Academy and obtained his Georgia P.O.S.T. certification graduating with honors. Thereafter, he worked full-time as a deputy sheriff for several years. He later became employed with the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce as both Community Development Manager and Acting Executive Vice President before attending law school in the fall of 1994. He received his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1997.
Brent practices primarily in the areas of transportation, professional negligence, medical malpractice defense, governmental liability, employment law, real estate, and civil litigation defense. He is licensed to practice in all North Carolina courts, but currently practices in all state and federal Courts in Georgia. He is also admitted to all federal courts in Georgia and North Carolina and is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court.
Aside from the practice of law, Brent is an Adjunct Instructor at Abraham Baldwin College where he teaches many criminal justice and law-related courses, as well as American Government. As a certified peace officer with a background in law enforcement, Brent is also called upon by local law enforcement agencies and the Georgia Public Training Center to instruct law enforcement officers on topics such as courtroom demeanor, use of force, use of firearms, and law enforcement liability issues. Brent serves as a legal advisor to the National Sheriff's Association, he is a member of the Georgia Sheriff's Association's attorney referral network representing Region 8, and he is a sworn officer with several sheriff's offices. Brent is married with two children; he is a member of Rotary of Tift County; he is a board member with the Coastal Plain Chapter of the American Red Cross; and he is a member of First Baptist Church-Tifton.
Mr. Hyde serves as local school board counsel. He has also served as counsel for school boards in a variety of areas, including, open meetings and public records laws; teacher tenure and other employment laws; fines and forfeitures; state and federal laws pertaining to disabled students; state and federal anti-discrimination laws and constitutional rights of due process, freedom of speech and religion, search and seizure, and equal protection. In addition to representing school boards, Mr. Hyde has also represented professional educators in matters concerning their employment status and issues relative to their professional certification. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Hyde worked for a North Carolina law firm, which specializes in the areas of education law, employment law, and civil litigation.