Attorneys Matt Brock and Garth Best, partners at the law firm of Best Hayduk Brock PLLC, in Chattanooga, were named as “2018 Rising Stars” for the Midsouth region. The two attorneys shared space for two years in the Flatiron Building before deciding to join forces in September of 2018 along with Andrea Hayduk.
Brock has handled cases from simple speeding tickets to first-degree murder; however, his practice is primarily focused on DUI and drug-related crimes. He is one of the few attorneys in the nation certified as an instructor in the DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the same course that police officers take in order to make DUI arrests while in the Academy. He has been certified in ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) to help dissect when officers are making calls of reasonable suspicion based on alcohol OR drugs. He has also taken a modified version of the drug recognition evaluation (DRE) training given to law enforcement. DRE includes a number of different tests, field sobriety tests (some of which are also used to determine alcohol intoxication) as well as physiological tests, (such as those which measure the dilation of the suspect’s pupils, blood pressure, internal clock, etc.) This training allows Mr. Brock to not only assess whether an arrest has been done properly for alcohol impairment but also allows him to stop officer's from making claims that they suspected there may have been other drugs involved as well.
Mr. Best received his J.D. in 2008 having conducted preliminary hearings on murder cases, defended violent offenders on probation violations, and had successfully negotiated over 200 cases during his studies. He accepted a position back to the “training grounds” of the Public Defender’s offices where he was employed as an Assistant Public Defender until he went into private practice in 2010. Mr. Best has served as special judge on several occasions for almost all of the General Sessions judges in Hamilton County. He is an active member of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (TACDL), Chattanooga Bar Association (CBA), Chattanooga Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (CACDL). He is admitted to practice in all state courts of Tennessee, as well as in federal court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Mr. Best has defended almost every type of criminal violation from DUI to murder. He has handled both criminal and civil cases arising from matters throughout Tennessee and Northern Georgia.
Super Lawyers is a nationwide rating service that utilizes a selection process consisting of independent researchers, peer review nominations and evaluations to rate outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a "high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement." To attain Super Lawyer status, attorneys must first be nominated by their peers in Tennessee and only five percent of the state’s attorneys make it through the multi-phased selection process. officials said