Attorney - W. Brent  Hyde


W. Brent Hyde
HBS Tifton Office

P: 229-382-0515
F: 229-382-1676
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W. Brent Hyde (Brent), a native of Tifton, Georgia, is a partner with Hall Booth Smith.  He attended both public and private schools in Tift County before attending what was then Valdosta State College.  Brent graduated from Valdosta State with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1991 and obtained a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in 1992.  While in college, he received his peace officer certification and worked full-time as a deputy sheriff. After receiving his M.P.A., Brent worked for the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce as both Community Development Manager and Acting Executive Vice President. Thereafter, he attended law school in Oklahoma where he received his Juris Doctor in May of 1997.

Brent practices primarily in the areas of professional negligence, medical malpractice defense, governmental liability, transportation, employment law, real estate, and civil litigation defense.  He is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Georgia and practices in all State and Federal Courts in Georgia.  He is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court.

Aside from the practice of law, Brent is a part-time instructor at Abraham Baldwin College where he teaches various subjects within the Human Sciences Division.  As a certified peace officer with a background in law enforcement, Brent is also called upon by local law enforcement agencies and the South Georgia Police Academy to instruct law enforcement officers on topics such as courtroom demeanor and law enforcement liability issues.  Brent also serves as a legal advisor to the National Sheriff's Association.  Brent is married with two children; he is a member of Rotary of Tift County; and he is a board member with the Coastal Plain Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Practice Areas

Governmental Liability

Mr. Hyde has served as counsel for governmental entities relative to a variety of areas, including, open meetings and public records laws; employment laws; and, state and federal anti-discrimination laws.  Mr. Hyde has also represented governmental entities in defense of claims alleging constitutional deprivations brought under U.S.C. 1983.  Mr. Hyde received his Georgia P.O.S.T. certification as a peace officer in 1991. He worked as a deputy sheriff for numerous years prior to attending law school and he has a working knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures.  Mr. Hyde serves as a legal advisor to the National Sheriff's Association and has published many articles in the areas of governmental liability.


B.A., Valdosta State University, 1991
M.P.A., Valdosta State University, 1992
J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law, 1997


All State and Federal courts, Georgia
All State and Federal courts, North Carolina


State Bar of Georgia, 2000
State Bar of North Carolina, 1997


"Search & Seizure Takes a Hit," SHERIFF (a bi-monthly publication of the National Sheriffs Association), vol. 58, no. 3 (May-June 2006)

"Sexual Harassment Law After the 1997-98 U.S. Supreme Court Term," Inquiry & Analysis, National School Boards Association (November 1998)

"Developing an Effective Training Program on Peer-to-Peer Sexual Harassment," Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment: A Legal Guide for Schools, National School Boards Association (April 1998).

"Reducing Liability for Sexual Harassment," Principal Leadership, A Publication of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (November 2004).

"TITLE IX: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW SINCE GEBSER AND DAVIS," Inquiry & Analysis, National School Boards Association (November 2003).


Member-Rotary of Tift County
Board of Directors-Coastal Plain Chapter of the American Red Cross