Holcomb Dunbar - North Mississippi Attorneys

R. Bradley Best

Brad Besticon-email    bradbest@holcombdunbar.com    icon-phone    (662) 234-8775  |  Legal Assistant: Melinda Stricklin (email)
 
PRACTICE AREAS

•  Civil Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Defense,  Business disputes, Estate/Probate and Appeals

GOVERNMENT SERVICE

•  Federal law clerk to Judge Neal B. Biggers, Jr. Northern District of Mississippi
•  Judicial Intern for Judge L. Leonard Ruben Circuit Court of Montgomery County, MD

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND AWARDS

•  Civil Trial Attorney of the Year in Mississippi, Corporate INTL Magazine, 2015
•  Named to Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” List in Insurance Defense practice
•  Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, President (2015)
•  Fellow, American Bar Foundation
•  A/V-Rated, Martindale-Hubble

BAR ADMISSIONS                                                                                                                              Civil Trial Attorney of the Year

•  Mississippi (State and Federal courts)                                                                                                                                         2015 Corporate INTL Magazine
•  Tennessee (Federal-Western District of Tennessee)
•  Arkansas (Federal-Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas)
•  Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians – Tribal Court
•  Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals
•  Supreme Court of the United States

ABOUT

Brad’s primary areas of practice are civil litigation (federal and state), insurance coverage and defense, commercial litigation, estate matters and appellate work.  Brad is currently the Managing Partner of the firm.

Brad was chosen as the winner of the 2015 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award: “Civil Trial Attorney of the Year in Mississippi.”  The Corporate INTL Global Awards commemorate excellence by the world’s leading advisers who throughout the past 12 months have demonstrated superior client service and legal knowledge. All award winners have been chosen through processes of public nominations and detailed research of service range, business type, geographical location, business operations, and the expertise each individual can offer to clients and companies in his or her respective practice areas. They are then reviewed by an independent awards panel consisting of business leaders, experts in the relevant fields of law, and the Editor of Corporate INTL Magazine.

Brad served as federal law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Neal B. Biggers, Jr., of the Northern District of Mississippi from 1995 to 1996.  While serving as a clerk, Brad was involved in the landmark decisions involving the desegregation of the Mississippi college and university system (Ayers v. Fordice, 879 F. Supp. 1419 (N.D. Miss. 1995)) and school prayer (Herdahl v. Pontotoc County School District, 933 F. Supp. 582 (N.D. Miss. 1996)).

Brad is admitted to the bar before all Mississippi courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, Western District of Tennessee, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.  Brad has also been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and has the privilege of engaging in appellate practice with the Court.  Brad is also admitted to practice before the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Clemson University in 1992, cum laude, with senior departmental honors.  He graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1995.  At Ole Miss he received the Judge W.N. Ethridge, Jr. Memorial Law Scholarship, as well as the Albert N. Hopkins Scholarship.  He was a charter member of The Journal of National Security Law and a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

Brad has authored various articles concerning insurance litigation, including “Litigating the Insurance Claim,” R. Bradley Best and Jonathan S. Masters, Insurance Coverage Litigation, National Business Institute; and “Interpreting Coverage Under the Insurance Contract,” R. Bradley Best and Jonathan S. Masters, Insurance Coverage Litigation, National Business Institute.  Most recently, he authored “Summary of Mississippi Law: An A to Z Guide of Insurance-Related Topics.”

Brad is a former President of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.  Brad has also served as the President of the Lafayette County Bar Association and  as a Judge/Instructor and presides over the Moot Court proceedings at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Brad has been selected to serve as national trial counsel in federal multi-district litigation involving anti-trust claims against the insurance industry by auto body repair shops.

Brad is a native of Potomac, Maryland and was born in Washington, D.C.  He was licensed to practice law in 1995.

Associations

  • American Bar Association                                                                                                   av_martindale-hubbell
  • American Inns of Court, William C. Keady Chapter
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Lafayette County Bar Association (President, 2003 – 2005)
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (President, 2015)
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
  • DRI
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Tri-County Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Supreme Court of the United States

 

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