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Best & Sharp Mourns Death of Firm Founder, Joseph Best

Sep 26, 2017 - News by

Joseph Monroe Best was born October 12, 1925 in Tiawah, Oklahoma. He joined the Marines at age 17 and proudly served in WWII. After being honorably discharged, Joe attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the University of Tulsa College of Law on the GI Bill (of Rights).  He began his legal career in 1949 at the law firm of Pierce, Rucker, Mock, Tabor and Duncan where he met Joe Sharp, a young lawyer who had also served in WWII in the Pacific Theatre and with whom he shared a desk. This started an iconic partnership that lasted for 50 years. In 1962 Joe formed the law firm of Best, Sharp, Thomas and Glass. This law firm endured with the same principal partners for over 25 years. In 1969, the firm was hired by the Tulsa County Medical Association and the Oklahoma State Medical Association to represent physicians.  The firm, and particularly Joe Best, became widely recognized for representing physicians, and specifically, defending physicians in medical malpractice cases. In 1988 at age 63, he and Joe Sharp left Best, Sharp, Thomas, Glass & Atkinson and went on to form the law firm now known as Best & Sharp. Joe Best was well respected as both a gifted lawyer and a man of extreme character and integrity. During his career Joe Best tried over 500 jury trials and mentored scores of young lawyers. While Joe’s experience was founded in trial work, his partner Joe Sharp focused on appellate work. […]

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