Attorney R.Garth Best is an alumni from the prestigious Virginia Military Institute (Class of 2003). Upon graduation from VMI he received a degree in International Studies (B.A.) with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies, as well as minors in Arabic and Business. He studied Arabic and Political Science abroad in both Morocco and Egypt. While working full-time in the family business, he attended Nashville school of law. He interned at the Public Defenders Office in Hamilton County, TN, volunteered over 20 hours a week to indigent defense through the services of the Public Defenders Office, and was also elected Vice President of the Honor Council of his law school in 2007 & 2008.
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 is a well-respected member of the Chattanooga Legal Community. He 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 vast experience defending 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.
Mr. Best’s primary concern is always his clients. He tries to make every client feel respected and understood. He knows that not every case is the same and that each of his case’s outcome is critical to his maintaining a solid reputation. That is why he strives to meet each client’s goals and treat them like they are his primary concern. He is not afraid to fight for your rights, and knows that sometimes the best defense is a good offense!
Mr. Best has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 and is rated 10 by AVVO.com.