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 represents independently owned trucking companies and handles the defense of trucking litigation cases for insurance carriers and their insureds. As a deputy sheriff, he is very familiar with the process of accident investigation as well as state and federal trucking laws applicable to the trucking industry. He has law enforcement contacts statewide, which becomes a useful tool while handling trucking claims. He has depth and experience overseeing catastrophic and rapid response investigations, and has handled many claims involving allegations of violations of the rules of the road (Title 40), driver-fatigue, negligent entrustment, and training issues, to name a few. He also has knowledge of the cares and concerns of insurers and carriers within the industry.